Mississippi Resources

Population: 2,992,333 (2015)

Filing deadline: March 1, 2018.

Primary: June 5; runoff June 26, 2018.

Mississippi (R+9) is one of the most conservative and racially polarized states in the nation. It has the highest share of African Americans in the US, with 35%. It is 61% White.

FEDERAL LEVEL

Electors: 6. Mis­sis­sippi is a solidly Republican state in Presidential elections.

Sena­tors: 2 Republicans.

Roger Wicker

Senator class 1: Roger Wicker (R)
Committees: Armed Services, Commerce, Environment, Rules.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Roger Wicker

Rating, Jan 27, 2017:
Safe GOP.

Status, May 17, 2016:
Lawyer and veteran Roger Wicker (b.1951) served in the House from 1995 until his appointment to the Senate in late 2007. He won 57% in 2012.

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Thad Cochran

Senator class 2: Thad Cochran (R)
Committees: Appropriations (Chair), Agriculture, Rules.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Thad Cochran

Rating, Jan 27, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 17, 2016:
Lawyer Thad Cochran (b.1937) served in the House before winning a seat in the Senate in 1978. He took 60% in 2014, only winning re-nomination in a squeaker of a primary against a Tea Party candidate.

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Representatives: 4 Representatives; 1 Democrat and 3 Republicans.

Trent Kelly

District 1
Representative: Trent Kelly (R)
Committees: Agriculture, Armed Services, Small Business.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Trent Kelly

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 21, 2017:
The district (R+15) covers the northeastern corner of the state, including Oxford and Tupelo. It is 72% White and 25% Black. County Attorney and veteran Trent Kelly (b.1966) was first elected in a special election in 2015 and won 69% in 2016.

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Bennie Thompson

District 2
Representative: Bennie Thompson (D)
Committees: Homeland Security (Ranking).

Democratic nominee: Bennie Thompson
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Safe Dem.

Status, May 17, 2016:
The district (D+13) covers most of the western parts of the state, along the Mississippi river. It includes most of Jackson and is 61% Black and 36% White. Mayor and County Commissioner Bennie Thompson (b.1948) was first elected in a special election in 1993. He won 67% in 2016.

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Gregg Harper

District 3
Representative: Gregg Harper (R)
Committees: Energy & Commerce, Administration (Chair).

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Gregg Harper

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, May 17, 2016:
The district (R+14) covers central parts, running from the border with Louisiana to the southwest to the Alabama border in the northeast. It includes the parts of Jackson not covered by the 2nd district. It is 63% White and 32% Black. Lawyer Gregg Harper (b.1956) was first elected in 2008 and won 66% in 2014.

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Steven Palazzo

District 4
Representative: Steven Palazzo (R)
Committees: Appropriations.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Steven Palazzo

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, May 17, 2016:
The district (R+21) covers the southern parts of the state, including the coast. It is 73% White and 21% Black. Accountant and State Representative Steven Palazzo (b.1970) was first elected in 2010, defeating an incumbent Democrat. He won 65% in 2016.

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STATE LEVEL

Inauguration Day: The second Tuesday of January.

The Governor of Mississippi is term limited for life after 2 x 4 years. The LG is term limited after 2 x 4 years, and can then run for another 2 x 4 years after a 4 year waiting period. There are no term limits for the other State Offices in Mississippi.

Phil Bryant

Governor: Phil Bryant (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, Jan 27, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 17, 2016:
State Representative and LG Phil Bryant (b.1954) was first elected in 2011 and re-elected in 2015 with 66%. He is term limited in 2019. Mississippi is one of five states to have state elections in odd numbered years.

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Tate Reeves

Lieutenant Governor: Tate Reeves (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, Jan 27, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 17, 2016:
The LG is nominated and elected separately in Mississippi. Businessman Tate Reeves (b.1974) was Treasurer for 8 years before he was elected LG in 2011. He is probably considering a promotion in 2019.

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Delbert Hosemann

Secretary of State: Del­bert Hose­mann (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Del­bert Hose­mann

Rating, Jan 27, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 17, 2016:
Lawyer and tax specialist Del­bert Hose­mann (b.1947) was first elected in 2007 and re-elected in 2015 with 61% of the votes.

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Lynn Fitch

Treasurer: Lynn Fitch (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Lynn Fitch

Rating, Jan 27, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 17, 2016:
Lawyer Lynn Fitch (b.1951) had several jobs in the state administration before she was elected Treasurer in 2011. She took 79% in 2015.

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Stacey Pickering

Auditor: Stacey Pick­e­ring (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Stacey Pick­e­ring

Rating, Jan 27, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 17, 2016:
Businessman Stacey Pick­e­ring (b.1968) was a State Senator when he was first elected State Auditor in 2007. He took 63% in 2015.

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Jim Hood

Attorney General­: Jim Hood (D)

Democratic nominee: Jim Hood
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, Jan 27, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 17, 2016:
Lawyer Jim Hood (b.1962) was a district attorney when he was first elected AG in 2003. One of the last Democratic holdouts in the South, he won re-election in 2015 with 56%.

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Cindy Hyde-Smith

Agriculture and Commerce Commissioner: Cindy Hyde-Smith (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Cindy Hyde-Smith

Rating, Jan 27, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 17, 2016:
Farmer Cindy Hyde-Smith was a State Senator when she was first elected in 2011. She took 61% in 2015.

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Mike Chaney

Insurance Commissioner: Mike Chaney (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Mike Chaney

Rating, Jan 27, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 17, 2016:
Businessman and State Senator Mike Chaney (b.1944) was first elected in 2007. He had no opponents in 2015.

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State Senate: 52 (20D / 32R). Term: 4 years. Elections in 2019.
State House: 122 (48D / 74R). Term: 4 years. Elections in 2019.

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