Dennis DeBar

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Dennis DeBar
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Current candidacy
Running for Mississippi State Senate, District 43
Date of primaryAugust 4, 2015
General electionNovember 3, 2015
Current office
Mississippi House of Representatives, District 105
In office
2012 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2016
Years in position 3
Base salary$10,000/year
Per diem$123/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First electedNovember 8, 2011
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Central Florida 105
J.D.Mississippi College School of Law
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
ReligionUnited Methodist
Office website
Dennis DeBar is a Republican member of the Mississippi House of Representatives, representing District 105. He was first elected to the chamber in 2011.

DeBar is not running for re-election to the State House in 2015 and is instead a 2015 Republican candidate for District 43 of the Mississippi State Senate.


DeBar's professional experience includes working as an attorney. He served in the United States Air Force and Air Force Reserves.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, DeBar served on the following committees:

Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2015
Compilation, Revision and Publication
Judiciary B
Judiciary En Banc
Public Health and Human Services
Accountability, Efficiency, and Transparency
Universities and Colleges
Ways and Means


During the 2012-2013 legislative session, DeBar served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


DeBar's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

  • Economic Development & Job Creation:
"Supports legislation that creates economic development in the district"
"Supports small business growth"
  • Fiscal Responsibility & Lower Taxes:
"Will fight to decrease the state tax burden"
"Supports responsible spending of taxpayer dollars"
"As a business owner and operator, understands the importance of operating within a budget"
  • Better Education:
"With a large portion of the state budget funding educaiton, will work to do a better job of getting the dollars to the school level and curb overhead and administration costs. We owe it to to [sic] our children."
  • Public Safety:
"Will support providing adequate funding to law enforcement, correctional officers, firefighters, EMS personnel, and others who put their lives on the line for us each day."



See also: Mississippi State Senate elections, 2015

Elections for the office of Mississippi State Senate will take place in 2015. A primary election will be held on August 4, 2015, and the general election on November 3, 2015. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 27, 2015.[3]


See also: Mississippi House of Representatives elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, DeBar won election to District 105 of the Mississippi House of Representatives. He ran unopposed in the August 2 primary and defeated Democrat Dale Kimble in the November 8 general election.[4][5]

Mississippi House of Representatives, District 105 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDennis DeBar 50% 4,160
     Democrat Dale Kimble 41.3% 3,440
     Independent Latricia Ann Cornelson 8.7% 725
Total Votes 8,325

Campaign donors


In 2011, DeBar received $55,063 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[6]

Mississippi House of Representatives 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Dennis DeBar's campaign in 2011
Mississippi Republican Party$20,847
Mississippi House Republican Conference$7,000
Improve Mississippi$2,276
Mississippi Forward Pac$2,000
Mississippi Bankers Association$2,000
Total Raised in 2011 $55,063
Total Votes received in 2011 4,160
Cost of each vote received $13.24


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Mississippi

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of Mississippi scorecards, email suggestions to

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In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 7 through April 2.[7]

Legislators are scored on "economic growth, jobs and other broad job-related issues."[8]



In 2011, DeBar's endorsements included the Mississippi Tea Party. The 105th is one of 10 districts the Tea Party’s Move the House Committee specifically targeted as necessary to win in order to gain conservative control of the House.[9]

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Political offices
Preceded by
J. Shaun Walley
Mississippi House of Representatives District 105
2012 – Present
Succeeded by