John Polk

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John Polk
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Mississippi State Senate, District 44
In office
2012 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2016
Years in position 3
Base salary$10,000/year
Per diem$123/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First electedNovember 8, 2011
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Southern Mississippi
ProfessionSmall business owner
Office website
Campaign website
John A. Polk is a Republican member of the Mississippi State Senate, representing District 44. He was first elected to the chamber in 2011.


Polk graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi. His professional experience includes owning a family business, Polk's Meat Products.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2015
Universities and Colleges, Chair
Accountability, Efficiency and Transparency
Ports and Marine Resources


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


Campaign themes


Polk's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

  • Fiscal Conservative
"I have owned and successfully managed Polk's Meat Products, Inc., since 1974. I have been responsible for making the hard decisions that have kept us thriving through some very difficult times. It's not my nature to waste my money, and I'm certainly not going to waste our tax dollars when I get to Jackson."
  • Education
"Everyone wants good education. We've got to look at the way education is administered from the local to the state level. Let's get and keep good teachers teaching with the resources they need to do their job."
  • Welfare Reform
"An out-of-control welfare system is keeping able-bodied citizens at home drawing a check instead of earning a living. Add to that a growing problem of illegals coming to work in America, and you have an economic problem that could seriously impact Mississippi if we don't stay ahead of it."
  • Economic Development
"Having owned my own business since 1974, I know what has helped me grow my business and what has hindered that growth. There are many small changes we could make that would make Mississippi an even more attractive place to recruit new businesses and grow already existing businesses."
  • Military
"Camp Shelby is one of the premier military training centers in America. We are fortunate to have it right here adjoining the 44th Senate District. We need to remember the men and women who train at that facillity (sic) and insure that we, as a state, offer them and their families what assistance we can to prepare them to defend our nation."

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

John Polk endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [2]



See also: Mississippi State Senate elections, 2015

Elections for the office of Mississippi State Senate 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.[3]


See also: Mississippi State Senate elections, 2011

Polk won the 2011 election for Mississippi Senate District 44. He defeated Tim Ryan in the primary on August 2, 2011. No candidates ran in the Democratic primary. Polk defeated Reform Party candidate Lajena Williams in the general election on November 8, 2011.[4]

Mississippi State Senate, District 44 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Polk 87.1% 18,533
     Reform Party Lajena Williams 12.9% 2,741
Total Votes 21,274
Mississippi State Senate, District 44 Republican Primary, 2011
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Polk 61.2% 7,726
Tim Ryan 38.8% 4,888
Total Votes 12,614

Campaign donors


In 2011, Polk received $100,674 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[5]

Mississippi State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Polk's campaign in 2011
Polk, John$25,000
Grubbs, Mack$9,000
Mississippi Bankers Association PAC$2,000
Waits, Barry$1,500
Magnolia Label Co., Inc.$1,000
Total Raised in 2011 $100,674
Total Votes received in 2011 18,533
Cost of each vote received $5.43


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.[6]

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


Polk and his wife, Jan, have two children and three grandchildren.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas King
Mississippi State Senate District 44
Succeeded by