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Pat Nelson
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Mississippi House of Representatives, District 40
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
High schoolMonticello High School, 1967
Bachelor'sMississippi State University, 1973
Master'sTulane University, 2000
Date of birthMay 10, 1949
Office website
Miles Patrick "Pat" Nelson (b. May 10, 1949) is a Republican member of the Mississippi House of Representatives, representing District 40. He was first elected to the chamber in 2011.


Now retired, Nelson's professional experience includes working as a customer service manager with Entergy, an energy utility.[1]

Committee assignments


During the 2012-2013 legislative session, Nelson served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Nelson highlighted several campaign themes in an interview with the DeSoto Times Tribune:[1]

  • Increasing funding for education
  • Promoting business-friendly policies to create jobs
  • Improving infrastructure


2012 special election

See also: State legislative special elections, 2012

Nelson ran in the special election for District 19 of the Mississippi State Senate. The seat was vacant following Merle Flowers's (R) resignation on May 24, 2012 in order to spend more time with his family.[2] Nelson faced David Parker, David Blackwell, and Mike Smith in the nonpartisan race on November 6, 2012. Since no candidate received a majority, a runoff took place on November 27 between Parker and Nelson, which Nelson lost.[3][4][5]


See also: Mississippi House of Representatives elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Nelson won election to District 40 of the Mississippi House of Representatives. He ran unopposed in the August 2 primary and defeated Democratic candidate Shirley Logan in the November 8 general election.[6][7]

Mississippi House of Representatives, District 40 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPat Nelson 64.1% 3,263
     Democrat Shirley Logan 35.9% 1,827
Total Votes 5,090

Campaign donors


In 2011, Nelson received $40,749 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[8]

Mississippi House of Representatives 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Pat Nelson's campaign in 2011
Mississippi Coalition For Progress$4,000
Mississippi Physicians Association$3,000
Mississippi Bankers Association$2,000
Mississippi House Republican Conference$2,000
Mississippi Association Of Realtors$1,000
Total Raised in 2011 $40,749
Total Votes received in 2011 3,263
Cost of each vote received $12.49

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Political offices
Preceded by
W.T. Mayhall, Jr.
Mississippi House of Representatives District 40
2012 – Present
Succeeded by