Josh Harkins

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Josh Harkins
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Mississippi State Senate, District 20
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'sMississippi State University
ProfessionReal estate builder and developer
Campaign website
Josh Harkins is a Republican member of the Mississippi State Senate, representing District 20. He was first elected to the chamber in 2011.


Harkins earned his bachelor's degree in Marketing and Business Administration from Mississippi State University. His professional experience includes working as a commercial builder and developer, licensed real estate broker, and Vice President of Harkins Realty, Inc. He also owns and operates JMH Construction Company and co-founded JR Constructors, specializing in storm and disaster-related construction services.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2015
Ports and Marine Resources, Vice Chair
Business and Financial Institutions
Highways and Transportation
Public Health and Welfare
Public Property
Universities and Colleges


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


Campaign themes


On his website, Harkins highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

  • "I am running for the Mississippi Senate district 20 for several reasons. Most importantly is the desire to fill the vacant seat with a solid dependable conservative voice for the citizens of Madison and Rankin counties. I want the voters to know that my conservative philosophy will be the guiding factor as to how I will represent this district."
  • "I will work hard to find ways to CUT SPENDING in order to balance the budget. I think we are taxed enough as it is, and especially in this economy we find ourselves in today. My position is that the last thing we need to consider is an increase in taxes. The families of our state have to live within their means and there is no reason why the state should operate any differently."
  • "In the area of economic development, I will support BUSINESS FRIENDLY LEADERSHIP by providing the least amount of regulation with the greatest amount of freedom for our business leaders and entrepreneurs to stimulate growth and provide better job opportunities for all of us. That means providing the credits and incentives necessary to win the new business and industry locations we need for our community."
  • "I am a product of the public education system in Rankin County, and I believe we need to continue to provide our children with the best educational opportunities and environments, within our means, so that we have an educated world-class work force able to compete in what is now a global economy."
  • "It is essential that we provide better transportation arteries for Rankin and Madison counties to accommodate the rapid growth we have experienced. We need safe streets for our citizens to travel and for our businesses to deliver their goods and services to market."
  • "I support pro-life issues. I support our citizens’ second amendment right to bear arms. I believe in the least amount of government regulation and intrusion into our lives and the greatest amount of liberty and freedom for all of us."

Presidential preference


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

Josh Harkins endorsed Newt Gingrich in the 2012 presidential election. [3]



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.[4]


See also: Mississippi State Senate elections, 2011

Harkins won the 2011 election for Mississippi Senate District 20. He and Knox Ross both defeated Tony Bahou and Steve Gaines in the primary on August 2, 2011. Harkins defeated Ross in a runoff primary election on August 23, 2011 and faced no opposition in the general election on November 8, 2011.[5][6][7][8]

Mississippi State Senate, District 20 Republican Primary Runoff, 2011
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJosh Harkins 51.4% 7,297
Knox Ross 48.6% 6,896
Total Votes 14,193
Mississippi State Senate, District 20 Republican Primary, 2011
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJosh Harkins 40.9% 7,592
Green check mark transparent.pngKnox Ross 41.2% 7,662
Tony Bahou 7.3% 1,355
Steve Gaines 10.6% 1,967
Total Votes 18,576

Campaign donors


In 2011, Harkins received $178,823 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[9]

Mississippi State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Josh Harkins's campaign in 2011
Harkins, Josh$28,000
Home Builders Association Of Mississippi$5,000
Harkins, Gary & Pam$5,000
Mississippi Manufacturers Association$4,000
Scales, Roy$3,000
Total Raised in 2011 $178,823
Total Votes received in 2011 7,297
Cost of each vote received $24.51


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.[10]

Legislators are scored on "economic growth, jobs and other broad job-related issues."[11]


Harkins and his wife, Andrea, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Lee Yancey
Mississippi State Senate District 20
Succeeded by