John Polk

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John Polk
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Mississippi State Senate, District 44
Incumbent
In office
2012 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2016
Years in position 2
PartyRepublican
Compensation
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
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Southern Mississippi
Personal
ProfessionSmall business owner
Websites
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.

Biography

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

Committee assignments

2012-2013

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

Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2012
Universities and Colleges, Chair
Accountability, Efficiency, Transparency
Education
Elections
Energy
Finance
Housing
Ports and Marine Resources

Issues

Campaign themes

2011

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

2012

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

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

Elections

2011

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.[3]

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

2011

In 2011, Polk received $100,674 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[4]

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

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 7 through April 2.[5]

Legislators are scored on "economic growth, jobs and other broad job-related issues."[6]

Personal

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

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References

Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas King
Mississippi State Senate District 44
2012–present
Succeeded by
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