Javin Cripps is a life-long Smith County resident with experience handling both civil and criminal cases during his fourteen-year career. He is proud to bring a strong work ethic and a commitment to fairness to his campaign.

Javin grew up on a family cattle farm between Smith and Wilson Counties where he worked every day when he wasn’t in school. On summer breaks he joined his father, a general contractor, at work. Javin worked 30 to 40 hours per week as a construction laborer while working on his undergraduate degree at Middle Tennessee State University.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice in 2001 with a double minor in Psychology and Political Science. Before starting law school in 2002, Javin earned his Contractor and Plumbing license.

Javin is a graduate of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in Memphis, TN. He interned for two years at the Shelby County Public Defender’s Office before joining the Holliman Law firm in Carthage, TN. In private practice, Javin accepted contract work for the Public Defender and handled a wide variety of civil cases such as child custody, divorce, workers’ compensation, and Social Security. 

In late 2006, Cripps was offered positions at both the Public Defender’s office and the District Attorney ’s Office at the same time. After much deliberation, thought, and prayer, he chose to become an Assistant District Attorney. Since that time he has worked in every county in the 15th judicial district, practicing in Macon County for the last five years. 

Javin is proud of his community, and that is why he chose to stay and serve in his home district. He has built relationships with the people and with the legal and law enforcement communities in every county in the 15th judicial district. Over the years, he has prosecuted every type of case from speeding to first degree murder.

Javin has been married for two years. His wife, Melanie, is a Chiropractor in Carthage, TN. He shares custody of his two daughters, both honor students and athletes at Union Heights. Together they have the gift of a unique blended family and co-parent efficiently and effectively.

Part of the job of a circuit court judge is to help families navigate the process of becoming co-parents, and Javin has now experienced that process as an attorney and as a father. He brings a level of understanding and insight that families who go through this difficult transition often need.

Javin is determined, dedicated, and ready to serve. He appreciates your support.


Election Day: Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Early Voting: Wednesday, February 12 – Tuesday, February 25, 2020

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Madeline D. Jennings, Treasurer