An influential leader who has made it his goal to not only succeed in life but to change other lives along the way and to make a difference in his community is, as he calls himself, nothing more than just a “little hometown boy who came back home to try to do some good.”
A native of Tifton, State Court Judge Larry B. Mims attended the public schools of Tift County, graduating from Tift County High School in 1972. He continued his education at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., where he graduated in 1976 with a BA in government. After working in state government for a year, he enrolled in the University of Georgia School of Law in 1977. He received his law degree in 1980 and passed the Georgia Bar exam in June of that same year.
Mims returned to Tifton to practice law in June 1980. He was engaged in the private practice of law until July 2005. In 1989, he was appointed State Court Solicitor by Gov. Joe Frank Harris. He was re-elected to that position in 1990, 1994 and 1998. He served a total of 11 years as State Court Solicitor before being appointed State Court Judge by Gov. Roy Barnes in August 2000. He was re-elected to that position in 2002, 2006 and 2010. His current term of office will end Dec. 31.
After 14 years of serving as State Court Judge in Tift County, Mims announced in January that he would not be seeking re-election.
“I just decided that I wanted to go in a different direction,” he said. “I’ve enjoyed what I’ve done. It’s been a real rewarding experience for me, but I think that I really want to try to do some other things that I’ve had on my mind for a while. There are certain restrictions that are placed on individuals who hold judicial positions...now I can pursue other things.”