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Gary Staples
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Mississippi House of Representatives, District 88
In office
1988 - 1992, 2004 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2016
Years in position (current service)11
Years in position (previous service)4
Base salary$10,000/year
Per diem$123/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected2003
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Date of birthJanuary 16, 1940
Place of birthLaurel, Mississippi
Office website
Gary V. Staples (b. January 16, 1940) is a Republican member of the Mississippi House of Representatives, representing District 88. He was first elected to the chamber in 2003.

Staples served in the House previously, representing District 88 from 1988 to 1992.


Staples attended the University of Southern Mississippi and Jones Junior College. Now retired, his professional experience includes working for BellSouth.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2012
Banking and Financial Services
Energy, Vice Chair
Public Utilities
Universities and Colleges
Ways and Means


During the 2010-2011 legislative session, Staples 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, Staples won re-election to District 88 of the Mississippi House of Representatives. He defeated Mitchell Pitts in the August 2 primary and defeated Jonathan Hodge (D) and Donald Holifield (I) in the November 8 general election.[3][4]

Mississippi House of Representatives, District 88 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGary Staples Incumbent 64.4% 6,159
     Democratic Jonathan Hodge 23.6% 2,252
     Independent Donald Holifield 12% 1,146
Total Votes 9,557


See also: Mississippi House of Representatives elections, 2007

On November 6, 2007, Staples was re-elected in District 88, running unopposed.[5]

Mississippi House of Representatives, District 88 (2007)
Candidates Votes Percent
Gary Staples (R) 7,002 100.00%

Campaign donors


In 2011, Staples received $26,850 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[6]

Mississippi House of Representatives 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Gary Staples's campaign in 2011
Mississippi House Republican Conference$4,000
Mississippi Bankers Association$3,000
Mississippi Manufacturers Association$2,000
Electric Power Association Of Mississippi$1,100
Total Raised in 2011 $26,850
Total Votes received in 2011 6,159
Cost of each vote received $4.36


In 2007, Staples collected $2,950 in donations.[7]

Listed below are the five largest contributors to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Mississippi Medical Association $1,000
AT&T $500
Mississippi Consumer Finance Association $400
Spectra Energy Transmission $300
Southern Strategy Group $250


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]


Staples has been a member of the American Legion, Jones County Cattleman's Association, Laurel Telephone Pioneers, Mississippi Arts Fair for the Handicapped, and the Northeast Jones Future Farmers of America Alumni.[1]

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