McMillian was a partner at the Atlanta law firm Sutherland Asbill & Brennan when then-Gov. Sonny Perdue appointed her to the Fayette County State Court bench in 2010. A year later, when she retained her seat, McMillian became the first Asian-American woman judge to win a Georgia election.
Also Friday, Kemp moved to fill two vacancies on the Georgia Court of Appeals, one created with McMillian’s elevation to the state high court.
Joining the appeals court bench will be Judge Verda Colvin of the Macon Judicial Circuit and Henry County Superior Court Judge John “Trea” Pipkin III.
Judge Verda Colvin (Facebook)
Colvin is a former state and federal prosecutor and sits on the investigative panel of the state's judicial watchdog agency.
In 2016, a video of Colvin using strong words and compassion to some at-risk youths went viral. She made the remarks as part of the Bibb County Sheriff's Office "Consider the Consequences" program.
Pipkin, a former assistant DA for the Flint Judicial Circuit, was appointed to the Henry County bench by then-Gov. Nathan Deal in 2018.