Gary Chism

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Gary Chism
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Mississippi House of Representatives, District 37
In office
2000 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2016
Years in position 15
Base salary$10,000/year
Per diem$123/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First electedNovember 2, 1999
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Date of birthDecember 24, 1950
ProfessionInsurance agent
ReligionSouthern Baptist
Office website
Gary Chism (b. December 24, 1950) is a Republican member of the Mississippi House of Representatives, representing District 37. He was first elected to the chamber in 1999.


Chism's professional experience includes working as an independent insurance agent and co-owner of Columbus Insurance Services Incorporated, an agent for the Liberty National Life Insurance Company, and Brakeman with the Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad Railroad. He served in the Mississippi National Guard from 1969 to 1979.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2015
Insurance, Chair
Conservation and Water Resources
Fees and Salaries of Public Officers
Judiciary B
Judiciary En Banc
Local and Private Legislation
Ways and Means


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


During the 2010-2011 legislative session, Chism 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.[2]


See also: Mississippi House of Representatives elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Chism won re-election to District 37 of the Mississippi House of Representatives. He ran unopposed in the August 2 primary and was unchallenged in the November 8 general election.[3][4]


See also: Mississippi House of Representatives elections, 2007

On November 6, 2007, Gary Chism was re-elected in District 37. He defeated Democratic challenger J.C. Patton in the general election.[5]

Mississippi House of Representatives, District 37 (2007)
Candidates Votes Percent
Gary Chism (R) 3,640 53.87%
J.C. Patton (D) 3,117 46.13%

Campaign donors


In 2011, Chism received $19,475 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[6]

Mississippi House of Representatives 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Gary Chism's campaign in 2011
Home Builders Association Of Mississippi$2,000
Mississippi House Republican Conference$2,000
Smith, Rep Jeff$1,300
Mississippi Medical Association$1,000
Total Raised in 2011 $19,475
Total Votes received in 2011 6,501
Cost of each vote received $3


In 2007, Chism collected $57,995 in donations.[7]

Listed below are the five largest contributors to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Mississippi Republican Party $5,000
Mississippi House Republican Conference $4,000
Mississippi Association of Realtors $2,500
Home Builders Association of Mississippi $2,500
Mississippi Medical Association $2,000


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

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In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 7 through April 2.[8]

Legislators are scored on "economic growth, jobs and other broad job-related issues."[9]


Chism is married with two children. He has been a member of Rotary International, the New Hope Service Club, Independent Insurance Agents of America, Independent Insurance Agents of Mississippi, Masons, Shriners, Society of Certified Insurance Counselors, and the York Rite.[1]

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