Edwin L. Pittman

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Edwin Pittman
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Mississippi
In office
January 2001 – March 31, 2004
Preceded by Lenore L. Prather
Succeeded by Michael K. Randolph
Justice of the Supreme Court of Mississippi
In office
Attorney General of Mississippi
In office
Preceded by William Allain
Succeeded by Mike Moore
Personal details
Born (1935-01-02) January 2, 1935 (age 84)
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Political party Democratic
Alma mater BS, University of Southern Mississippi
J.D. University of Mississippi

Edwin Lloyd Pittman (born January 2, 1935) is an American jurist and politician. He served as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Mississippi from 1989-2001 and Chief Justice from 2001-2004. He also served as the State's Attorney General, Secretary of State, and Treasurer. Pittman reached the rank of Brigadier General in the Mississippi National Guard


Early life and education

Pittman was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi in 1935. He received his Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1957 and his J.D. from the University of Mississippi in 1960.

Political career

Pittman was first elected to the Mississippi State Senate in 1964 and was reelected in 1968 from Forest County.[2] In 1976, he was elected as the State's Treasurer. In 1980, he was elected as Mississippi's Secretary of State. In 1984, he was elected Attorney General.

Pittman ran for the 1987 Democratic nomination for governor, finishing fifth.[2]

Judicial career

Pittman was first elected to the State Supreme Court in 1988 and reelected in 1996.[2]

Notable rulings

In 2000, Justice Pittman ruled that the courts are not in the position of determining the state flag. He wrote, "In this case, the NAACP failed to offer any proof that the flying of the state flag deprived any citizen of a constitutionally protected right."[3]


Pittman is married to Virginia Lund Pittman and they are the parents of seven children.[4]


  1. ^ "Chief Justice Edwin L. Pittman announces retirement" (PDF). courts.ms.gov. March 8, 2004. Retrieved June 16, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Salter, Sid. "Chief justice has long track record of service - Clarksdale Press Register: Home". Pressregister.com. Retrieved June 16, 2017.
  3. ^ "Naacp Loses Ruling Over Mississippi State Flag". Chicago Tribune. May 5, 2000. Retrieved June 16, 2017.
  4. ^ "Judge profiles Law – Judicial Data Project". Judicial.mc.edu. Retrieved June 16, 2017.
Political offices
Preceded by
Lenore L. Prather
Chief Justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court
Succeeded by
Michael K. Randolph
Preceded by
Joseph Ruble Griffin
Justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court
Succeeded by
  • became Chief Justice
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