In context: J. Bryant Durham, currently the longest tenured superior court judge in the Rome Judicial Circuit, is not seeking a new term next year and plans to retire as the current term ends. Voters will select the new superior court judge in the 2020 elections.
Media release: Chief Judge J. Bryant Durham Jr., Superior Court Judge for the Rome Judicial Circuit, has announced he will not seek re-election in 2020 and will retire when his term expires on Dec. 31, 2020.
Durham was appointed to the bench by then-Gov. Sonny Perdue in 2003. Prior to serving as a Superior Court Judge, Durham was a partner at Cox, Byington, Twyman & Johnson
LLP (then known as Cox, Byington, Corwin, Niedrach & Durham). Durham also had previously served as the Floyd County Administrator and the Judge for the Rome Municipal
He was a graduate of Darlington School and received his undergraduate degree from Mercer University. While studying law at the University of Georgia, Durham was appointed by former U.S. Secretary of State and UGA law professor Dean Rusk for an internship at The Hague Institute in the Netherlands. Durham received his law degree from the University of Georgia.
“I have enjoyed serving the citizens of Floyd County as a Superior Court Judge for the past 15 years,” Durham said, adding, “My wife, Regina, and I are looking forward to travelling and spending more time with family and friends.”