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Bottoms to Chair State Judicial Selection Commission

(From the Administrative Office of the Courts)
The state Judicial Selection Commission, which screens applicants for mid-term trial and appellate court vacancies and recommends judicial candidates to the governor, has elected District Attorney General Mike Bottoms of Lawrenceburg as its chairman.

When a judicial vacancy occurs, the 17-member commission accepts applications, conducts a public hearing, interviews applicants and submits three names to the governor, who appoints a new judge to serve until the next general election.

Bottoms, of Lawrenceburg, has served as district attorney general for the 22nd Judicial District since 1982 and has been a member of the commission for 12 years. He served as commission secretary in 2003-2004 and is a past president of the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference.

Bottoms, 57, and his wife Christy Harwell Bottoms, have three children.

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