Senators lobby for Mississippi jurist to fill appellate seat

WASHINGTON (AP) – Mississippi’s two Republican U.S. senators say they are working with President Donald Trump’s administration to fill a seat on a federal appeals court with someone from the state.

Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker said in a joint statement Monday it’s their priority to have “a well-qualified, constitutional conservative jurist” from Mississippi to succeed Judge Grady Jolly on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The court handles cases from Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

Jolly, from Mississippi, is retiring Tuesday.

Trump last week nominated two people from Texas and two from Louisiana to the 17-member court.