Donnie Bell

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Donnie Bell
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Mississippi House of Representatives, District 21
In office
2008 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2016
Years in position 7
Base salary$10,000/year
Per diem$123/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First electedNovember 6, 2007
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sMississippi State University
Date of birthMarch 3, 1963
Office website
Donnie Bell (b. March 3, 1963) is a Republican member of the Mississippi House of Representatives, representing District 21. He was first elected to the chamber as a Democrat in 2007. He switched his affiliation to the GOP following the 2011 election.[1]


Bell earned his B.S. from Mississippi State University and also attended Itawamba Community College. His professional experience includes working as a teacher.[2]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2015
Workforce Development, Chair
Enrolled Bills
Investigate State Offices


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


During the 2010-2011 legislative session, Bell served on the following committees:



See also: Mississippi House of Representatives elections, 2015

Elections for the office of Mississippi House of Representatives will take place in 2015. A primary election will be held on August 4, 2015, and the general election 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, Bell won re-election to District 21 of the Mississippi House of Representatives. He ran unopposed in the August 2 primary and defeated Republican Deborah Tierce in the November 8 general election.[4][5]

Mississippi House of Representatives, District 21 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDonnie Bell Incumbent 59.5% 4,434
     Republican Deborah Tierce 40.5% 3,017
Total Votes 7,451


See also: Mississippi House of Representatives elections, 2007

Bell won election to the Mississippi House of Representatives in the 2007 election. He defeated Paul Walker (R) in the general election.[6]

Mississippi House of Representatives, District 21 (2007)
Candidates Votes Percent
Donnie Bell (D) 4,684 66.72%
Paul Walker (R) 2,336 33.28%

Campaign donors


In 2011, Bell received $41,195 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[7]

Mississippi House of Representatives 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Donnie Bell's campaign in 2011
Mississippi Hospital Association$5,000
Waldorf, Michael$5,000
Mississippi Coalition For Progress$2,500
Crane, Chip$2,500
Crane, Johnny & Dessie Lynn$1,500
Total Raised in 2011 $41,195
Total Votes received in 2011 4,434
Cost of each vote received $9.29


In 2007, Bell collected $30,044 in donations.[8]

Listed below are the five largest contributors to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Davis, Tommy $5,000
Davis, Lynn $5,000
Mississippi Association of Realtors $2,000
Reese, David $1,000
Reese, David $1,000


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In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 7 through April 2.[9]

Legislators are scored on "economic growth, jobs and other broad job-related issues."[10]



In 2011, Bell's endorsements included the Mississippi Tea Party. Bell's district was one of ten incumbents the Move the House Committee specifically targeted as needing to be defeated in order to gain conservative control of the House.[11]


Bell has been a member of the Farmhouse Fraternity.[2]

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