Former Congressman Bob Barr elected Chairperson of the State Judicial Qualifications Commission

June 8, 2021 – Bob Barr, former U.S. Congressman and former U.S. Attorney, was elected Friday, May 19, 2021, by unanimous vote as Chairperson of the Judicial Qualifications Commission’s Investigative Panel. DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Stacey Hydrick was elected by unanimous vote as Vice-Chairperson. Barr has served as a member of the JQC since July of 2019, when he was appointed to the Investigative Panel by Governor Brian Kemp. Barr replaces William P. “Pope” Langdale III, who served the State of Georgia as Chairperson for the past two years. Langdale will continue to serve as a member of the Investigative Panel.

The Judicial Qualifications Commission was created by Constitutional Amendment in 1972, then reconstituted by Constitutional Amendment in 2016, to conduct investigations and hearings with respect to complaints of ethical misconduct by Georgia judges. The Commission is also authorized to issue Advisory Opinions regarding judicial misconduct.