Giles Ward

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Giles Ward
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Mississippi State Senate District 18
In office
2008 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2016
Years in position 7
President Pro Tempore, Mississippi State Senate
2015 - present
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
Date of birthMarch 6, 1948
Office website
Giles Ward (b. March 6, 1948) is a Republican member of the Mississippi State Senate, representing District 18. He was first elected to the chamber in 2007. Beginning in the 2015 session, Ward serves as President Pro Tempore.


Ward attended Mississippi State University and the University of Southern Mississippi. Now retired, his professional experience includes working as Regional Manager for Georgia-Pacific Corporation.

Committee assignments


In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Ward served on the following committees:

Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2012
Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, Chair
Energy, Vice Chair
Forestry, Vice Chair
Business and Financial Institutions
Environment Prot, Cons and Water Res
Executive Contingent Fund
Highways and Transportation
Judiciary, Division B


In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Ward served on these committees:

Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2010
Business and Financial Institutions
Environment Prot, Cons and Water Res
Executive Contingent Fund
Judiciary, Division B
Local and Private



See also: Mississippi State Senate elections, 2011

Ward won re-election to the Mississippi Senate District 18. He ran unopposed in the primary on August 2, 2011. Steven Kilgore ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. Ward defeated Kilgore in the general election on November 8, 2011.[1]

Mississippi State Senate, District 18 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGiles Ward Incumbent 50.4% 8,896
     Democratic Steven Kilgore 49.6% 8,740
Total Votes 17,636


See also: Mississippi State Senate elections, 2007

On November 6, 2007, Ward ran for District 18 of the Mississippi State Senate, beating Gloria Williamson.[2]

Giles Ward raised $150,641 for his campaign.[3]

Mississippi Senate, District 18
Candidates Votes Percent
Giles Ward (R) 8,481 52.4%
Gloria Williamson (D) 7,709 47.6%

Campaign donors


In 2011, Ward received $193,945 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[4]

Mississippi State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Giles Ward's campaign in 2011
Ward, Giles & Kay$30,000
Impac-Improve Ms PAC$17,864
Ms Republican Party$17,797
Mississippi Medical Association$5,246
Improve Mississippi$4,137
Total Raised in 2011 $193,945
Total Votes received in 2011 8,896
Cost of each vote received $21.8


In 2009 Giles Ward collected $7,300 in donations.[5]

His three largest contributors in 2009 were:

Donor Amount
AT&T $1,000
Georgia-Pacific $1,000
Advance America Cash Advance $1,000


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In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 7 through April 2.[6]

Legislators are scored on "economic growth, jobs and other broad job-related issues."[7]


Ward and his wife, Kay, have two children.

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Preceded by
Mississippi State Senate District 18
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