Atlanta, Feb. 6, 2020 – The Georgia Senate honored Justice Robert Benham Wednesday when it adopted a resolution commending him as a “champion of justice” and praising him for his “deep personal commitment to the citizens of Georgia.” Justice Benham will step down from the Supreme Court of Georgia when he retires March 1.

“Justice Benham has served with honor and distinction with the Georgia Supreme Court, and his vision and unyielding commitment to justice and law will be sorely missed upon the occasion of his retirement,” the resolution says.

Justice Benham made history when he became the first African American appointed to the state’s highest court in its more than 140 years. A native of Cartersville, GA, he was appointed to the state Supreme Court in December 1989 by Gov. Joe Frank Harris.