Judge Cory Wilson, Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals

Judge Cory Wilson 

Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals

Cory Todd Wilson was born in August 1970 in Pascagoula, Mississippi. He earned an undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of Mississippi and received his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School. He clerked at the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. 

Wilson served as a White House Fellow in the Department of Defense as a special assistant to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. He was a senior advisor and counsel in the Mississippi State Treasurer’s Office and was Deputy Secretary of State in the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office. 

He spent four years as a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives. He was appointed to the Mississippi Court of Appeals. 

He was nominated by President Donald Trump to be a judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. During his hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, his nomination was withdrawn and he was nominated to be a circuit judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit instead. He was confirmed by the Senate and assumed his judicial commission in July 2020. 

In the News…

The Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) funding mechanism is unconstitutional—a victory for lenders that have challenged the agency’s structure in a years-long effort to curb regulations. 

A three-judge panel ruled the design of the CFPB violated the Constitution because it receives funding through the Federal Reserve, rather than appropriations legislation passed by Congress. The judges also vacated a 2017 small-dollar lending rule targeted by the payday lending advocates who brought the case. 

“Congress’s decision to abdicate its appropriations power under the Constitution, i.e., to cede its power of the purse to the Bureau, violates the Constitution’s structural separation of powers,” the judges wrote. 

“Even among self-funded agencies, the Bureau is unique,” Judge Cory Wilson wrote. “The Bureau’s perpetual self-directed, double-insulated funding structure goes a significant step further than that enjoyed by the other agencies on offer.” 

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Judge Wilson today? You can let him know at:

The Honorable Cory Wilson 
Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals 
600 Camp Street 
New Orleans, LA 70130 


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