Rep. Mark Formby, R-Picayune Credit: Gil Ford Photography

Rep. Mark Formby, a Republican from Picayune, has been nominated to serve on the state Workers Compensation Commission.

Gov. Phil Bryant announced the appointment by posting an Associated Press story on his Facebook page Wednesday afternoon. Formby is a veteran lawmaker who has chaired several key House committees.

“His experience as a small business owner and knowledge of the issues affecting workers and employers make him the perfect choice, and I am delighted he has accepted this appointment,” Bryant said on Facebook.

The Workers Compensation Commission consists of three commissioners and up to eight administrative law judges, who consider cases of injured workers.

Formby, 60, is a Realtor who has been a legislator since 1993. He graduated from Mississippi State University and formerly was an aide to U.S. Sen. Trent Lott.

If the Senate confirms him, Formby would resign his House seat to take the post.

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