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April 14, 2009     Photos

Sharion Aycock, a native of Tremont, Mississippi, was sworn in as Mississippi's first woman United States District Court Judge on October 26, 2007. Nominated by President George W. Bush to take the seat vacated by District Court Judge Glen Davidson of Aberdeen, Judge Aycock was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate.

Judge Aycock is a 1977 graduate of Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and a minor in Political Science. While there, she was inducted into several honorary societies, including Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi and served as President of her social sorority, Delta Delta Delta. She was also recognized by Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities and was inducted into the Mississippi State University Hall of Fame.

Judge Aycock received her law degree from Mississippi College School of Law, graduating second in the class of 1980. She served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Mississippi College Law Review and authored an article for that publication. She was also inducted into the Phi Alpha Delta scholar society and received many AmJur and CJS awards.

In 1980, Judge Aycock was employed by A.T. Cleveland Law Office in Fulton, Mississippi, where she remained until 1983. Following the birth of her son Martin in 1984, she opened her own practice, Sharion H. Richardson, P.A., in Fulton, Mississippi. Judge Aycock represented the Itawamba County Board of Supervisors, Itawamba County School District, Town of Tremont, City of Fulton and the Northeast Mississippi Natural Gas District. Judge Aycock served as the Itawamba County Prosecuting Attorney from 1984 to 1992.

From January 2003 until her appointment to the Federal bench, Judge Aycock served as Circuit Court Judge for the First Circuit Court District comprised of Alcorn, Itawamba, Lee, Monroe, Pontotoc, Prentiss and Tishomingo Counties.

Judge Aycock was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by Mississippi College at the Mississippi College School of Law Graduation in May of 2008, where she delivered the commencement address. Judge Aycock has recently been recognized as Mississippi State University's Woman of the Year in 2008, as well as the Mississippi Trailblazer of the Year for 2008. She has been an active member in the Mississippi Bar Association serving as First Judicial District President and Secretary, as well as serving as the first female President of the Mississippi Bar Foundation from 2000 to 2001. She was also honored as a Fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation. Judge Aycock has received several Gubernatorial Appointments, including Member of the Mississippi Home Corporation Board; Member and Past Chairman of the Mississippi State Personnel Board; and a Member of the Governor's Commission on Youth and Children.

Judge Aycock is married to William R. "Randy" Aycock. They have one son, Martin Triplett Richardson. Judge Aycock is an active member of the Fulton First United Methodist Church.