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|Mississippi House of Representatives|
|Bachelor's||University of Mississippi (1993)|
|Birthday||April 24, 1970|
|Place of birth||Waco, Texas|
|Profession||Special Agent, Prudential Preferred Financial Services|
Mathis is a special agent with Prudential Preferred Financial Services and a reserve sheriff's deputy in Leake County, MS. He is also a member of the Cameron Park Zoological Society, the Waco Boys a& Girls Club, and the National Association of Life Underwriters. He earned a B.A. from the University of Mississippi.
Mathis ran in the 2011 election for Mississippi House of Representatives District 45. He defeated Wayne Vaughn and Charles Webber in the primary on August 2, 2011. Democratic incumbent Bennett Malone ran unopposed in the August 2 Democratic primary. The general election took place on November 8, 2011.
District 45 was targeted by the GOP as a possible pickup in its attempt to flip the state House to Republican control for the first time since Reconstruction. The Mississippi GOP's push hoped to mirror successful efforts in other southern states, including North Carolina and Louisiana, to break the last vestiges of the old Democratic "solid south."
|Mississippi House of Representatives, District 45 General Election, 2011|
|Democrat||Bennett Malone Incumbent||50.6%||3,157|
|Mississippi House of Representatives District 45 Republican Primary, 2011|
|Charles Webber (withdrew)||3.7%||48|
Mathis was endorsed by the Mississippi Tea Party. The 45th 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.
Mathis resides in Carthage, MS, with his wife Andrea and their two children.
- Official campaign website
- Campaign Facebook page
- Project Vote Smart biographical profile
- Jay Mathis on Twitter
- Project VoteSmart, "Jay W. Mathis," accessed August 25, 2011.
- Associated Press, "Mississippi Primary Election Results," accessed August 3, 2011.
- Mississippi Secretary of State, 2011 Official Primary Candidate List
- RealClearPolitics, "Tea party targets some Dem seats in Miss. House," August 10, 2011.
- Y'all Politics, "Mississippi Tea Party To Target 10 Seats," September 6, 2011
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