|Governor of Mississippi|
|January 10, 2012 - Present|
|January 12, 2016|
|Years in position||3|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 8, 2011|
|First elected||November 8, 2011|
|Next general||November 3, 2015|
|Term limits||Two terms|
|Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi|
|January 10, 2008 - January 9, 2012|
|State Auditor of Mississippi|
|1996 - 2007|
|Associate's||Hinds Community College|
|Bachelor's||University of Southern Mississippi|
|Date of birth||December 9, 1954|
|Place of birth||Moorhead, MS|
|Profession||Adjunct professor, author|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political career
- 3 Issues
- 4 On The Issues Vote Match
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Personal
- 8 Recent news
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
Before becoming governor, Bryant served as Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi. In this role, he was also President of the Mississippi State Senate. His political experience also includes a long stint as Mississippi Auditor, having been appointed to the position in November 1996 by former Governor Kirk Fordice. He was elected to a full term in 1999 and again in 2003, when he ran unopposed. Bryant served five years as a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives prior to his appointment to the auditor's office. As a state representative, Bryant was the Vice Chairman of the Insurance Committee and authored the Capital Gains Tax Cut Act of 1992.
Outside state government, Bryant has worked as an adjunct professor of government at Mississippi College and is the contributing author of three books.
An analysis of Republican governors by Nate Silver of the New York Times in April 2013 ranked Bryant as the 5th most conservative governor in the country.
Bryant, a Moorhead native, is the son of a diesel mechanic and a mother who stayed at home to raise her three children.
He is an adjunct professor of government at Mississippi College, and is the contributing author of three books: 21st Century Government - Digital Promise, Digital Reality, Best Cases Practices, which highlights innovations of other Republican lieutenant governors, and Leadership Secrets of Government Financial Offices. 
- B.A. in criminal justice, University of Southern Mississippi
- M.A. in political science, Mississippi College
Governor of Mississippi (2012-Present)
Bryant (R) took a defiant stand against new federal executive order gun regulations before they were signed in January 2013, saying any such order “infringes our constitutional right to keep and bear arms” and is unconstitutional. Bryant asked the Mississippi Legislature to “immediately pass legislation that would make any unconstitutional order by the President illegal to enforce in Mississippi by state or local law enforcement.”
Job creation ranking
In a June 2013 analysis by The Business Journals which ranked 45 of the country's 50 governors by their job creation record, Bryant was ranked number 14. The five governors omitted from the analysis all assumed office in 2013. The ranking was based on a comparison of the annual private sector growth rate in all 50 states using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi (2008 - 2011)
Before becoming governor, Bryant served one term as Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi. He was elected in 2007 and took office the following January. In Mississippi, the lieutenant governor is also president of the state senate.
Mississippi State Auditor (1996 - 2007)
Bryant served as state auditor from 1996-2007. He was initially appointed to the position in November 1996 by former Governor Kirk Fordice. He went on to win two full terms in the auditors office, in 1999 and again in 2003, when he ran unopposed.
Mississippi House of Representatives (1990 - 1995)
Bryant was a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives from 1990-1995. His record as a state lawmaker included serving as vice chairman of the insurance committee and authored the Capital Gains Tax Cut Act of 1992.
On The Issues Vote Match
- See also: On The Issues Vote Match
On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Bryant is a Libertarian-Leaning Conservative. Bryant received a score of 33 percent on social issues and 83 percent on economic issues.
The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.
|On The Issues Vote Quiz|
|Economic Issues||Social Issues|
|Legally require hiring women & minorities||Unknown||Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right||Strongly Opposes|
|Expand ObamaCare||Strongly Opposes||Comfortable with same-sex marriage||Strongly Opposes|
|Vouchers for school choice||Strongly Favors||Keep God in the public sphere||Strongly Favors|
|Absolute right to gun ownership||Strongly Favors||Human needs over animal rights||Favors|
|Higher taxes on the wealthy||Strongly Opposes||Stricter punishment reduces crime||Neutral|
|Support & expand free trade||Favors||Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens||Strongly Opposes|
|Stricter limits on political campaign funds||Favors||Maintain US sovereignty from UN||Unknown|
|Prioritize green energy||Strongly Opposes||Expand the military||Unknown|
|Stimulus better than market-led recovery||Strongly Opposes||Stay out of Iran||Unknown|
|Privatize Social Security||Unknown||Never legalize marijuana||Opposes|
|Note: Information last updated: 2014. If you notice the rating has changed, email us.|
- See also: Mississippi gubernatorial election, 2015
Eleven state executive offices in Mississippi are up for election in 2015. The general election will be held on November 3, 2015, following a primary election on August 4, 2015. Runoffs are scheduled for August 25 in case no candidate receives a majority (50 percent plus one) of the popular vote in a given primary race. The following sections summarize filed candidates running for each state executive office on the ballot:
See also: Mississippi Auditor election, 2015
Public Service Commission (3 seats)
See also: Mississippi Public Service Commission election, 2015
- See also: Mississippi gubernatorial election, 2011
|Gubernatorial Republican Primary election|
|Republican Party||James Broadwater||1.2%|
|Republican Party||Phil Bryant||59.5%|
|Republican Party||Dave Dennis||25.7%|
|Republican Party||Hudson Holliday||4.7%|
|Republican Party||Ron Williams||8.8%|
|Governor of Mississippi, 2011|
|Election Results via Mississippi Secretary of State|
Comprehensive donor information for Bryant is available dating back to 1999. Based on available campaign finance records, Bryant raised a total of $10,909,181 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 8, 2013.
Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Phil Bryant's donors each year. Click [show] for more information.
|Phil Bryant's Campaign Contributions|
Governor of Mississippi
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent|
|Top 5 contributors||Republican Governors Association||$575,000|
|RGA Mississippi PAC||$127,786|
|Hensley R Lee||$105,000|
|Mississippi Healthcare Association||$76,000|
|James L Barksdale||$57,500|
Bryant and his wife, Deborah, have two children and are active members of St. Marks United Methodist Church.
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- New York Times, "In State Governments, Signs of a Healthier G.O.P.," April 16, 2013
- The Clarion Ledger, "Gov. Bryant outlines priorities in State of the State," January 20, 2015
- Gulflive.com, "Q&A with Phil Bryant: Mississippi governor discusses 2015 agenda in AP interview," January 3, 2015
- LtGovBryant.com, "About Phil," accessed July 20, 2011
- Memphis Business Journal, "Mississippi Gov. Bryant wants state to ignore gun-control executive orders," January 17, 2013
- The Business Journals, "Governors and jobs: How governors rank for job creation in their states," June 27, 2013
- The Business Journals, "How state governors rank on their job-growth record," June 27, 2013
- CNN Political Ticker, "Mississippi governor endorses Romney," March 9, 2012
- On The Issues, "Phil Bryant Vote Match," accessed June 18, 2014
- The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.
- Mississippi Secretary of State, "2015 Candidate Qualifying List," accessed March 4, 2015
- Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Phil Bryant," accessed July 17, 2013
- Follow the Money.org, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
Haley Barbour (R)
|Governor of Mississippi
2012 - present
| Succeeded by|
|Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi
2008 - 2012
| Succeeded by|
Tate Reeves (R)
State of Mississippi
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