Rep. Mark Formby will soon depart the Mississippi Legislature as he starts a new position with the Worker’s Compensation Commission next month.

The Senate confirmed the Republican from Picayune Tuesday morning. Formby will begin serving on the commission starting April 15.

Formby will resign from his House seat on April 14 to take the post.

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.


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Kayleigh Skinner joined the Mississippi Today team in January 2017 as an education and legislative reporter and advanced to a senior staff member in her four years with the company. Skinner most recently served as deputy managing editor before assuming the role of managing editor. Kayleigh has a bachelor’s in journalism from the School of Journalism and New Media from the University of Mississippi. Before joining Mississippi Today, Kayleigh worked at The Hechinger Report, Chalkbeat Tennessee, and The Commercial Appeal. She has appeared on MSNBC, NPR, and BBC Newsday Radio to discuss her reporting.