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Jay Mathis
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Candidate for
Mississippi House of Representatives
District 45
Bachelor'sUniversity of Mississippi (1993)
Date of birthApril 24, 1970
Place of birthWaco, Texas
ProfessionSpecial Agent, Prudential Preferred Financial Services
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Jay Mathis was a 2011 Republican candidate for District 45 of the Mississippi House of Representatives.

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.[1]



See also: Mississippi House of Representatives elections, 2011

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.[2] Democratic incumbent Bennett Malone ran unopposed in the August 2 Democratic primary. The general election took place on November 8, 2011.[3]

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."[4]

Mississippi House of Representatives, District 45 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngBennett Malone Incumbent 50.6% 3,157
     Republican Jay Mathis 49.4% 3,078
Total Votes 6,235

Mississippi House of Representatives District 45 Republican Primary, 2011
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJay Mathis 59.9% 787
Wayne Vaugh 36.5% 479
Charles Webber (withdrew) 3.7% 48
Total Votes 1,314



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.[5]


Mathis resides in Carthage, MS, with his wife Andrea and their two children.

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