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|Mississippi State Senate, District 4|
|2012 - present|
|January 3, 2016|
|Years in position||3|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 8, 2011|
|First elected||November 8, 2011|
|Next general||November 3, 2015|
|High school||Alcorn Central High School|
|Associate's||Northeast Mississippi Community College|
|Bachelor's||University of Mississippi|
Parks earned her A.A. from Northeast Mississippi Community College and B.S. from the University of Mississippi, and studied industrial engineering at State Technical Institute. Her professional experience includes working as a quality and regulatory manager for a major pharmaceutical corporation.
In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Parks served on the following committees:
|Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2012|
|• Insurance, Vice Chair|
|• Business and Financial Institutions|
|• Economic Development|
|• Highways and Transportation|
|• Public Health and Welfare|
|• Veterans and Military Affairs|
On her website, Parks highlighted the following campaign themes:
- Economic: "I will work to create the most job friendly district in Mississippi. We must develop an environment with the resources that will promote progress, create jobs, and grow the economy. My 25 years experience in industry has taught me how to create, implement, and manage projects for efficiency and success. Our district has the resources available: Low Taxes, Low Energy Costs, Adundant Water Supply, Multiple Transportation Routes. We simply must do a better job of marketing those resources to attract business to locate in our district."
- Education: "As a product of the public school system, I believe in them! We must recognize that writing checks to the schools is still producing failing systems, therefore money is not the only solution. We must change the way we have approached education in the past by creating and implementing high school training curriculums and by offering technical and vocational paths of instruction. We must review the systems to determine which programs are successful and that impact the most students and build on that success."
- Principles: "I will fight to protect our Second Amendment rights. I believe that the things that make Mississippi great are faith, our belief in traditional values, and our generosity. These are values that I will fight to protect."
- Representation: "I want my voice to be your voice. I will make myself available to you to hear your issues, concerns and thoughts and will carry those back to Jackson with me."
- See also: Mississippi State Senate elections, 2011
|Mississippi State Senate, District 4 General Election, 2011|
|Democratic||Eric Powell Incumbent||49.3%||8,798|
In 2011, Parks received $69,620 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|Mississippi State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Rita Parks's campaign in 2011|
|Ms Republican Party Victory 2011 State Account||$5,000|
|Total Raised in 2011||$69,620|
|Total Votes received in 2011||9,050|
|Cost of each vote received||$7.69|
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In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 7 through April 2.
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In 2011, Parks' endorsements included the following:
- Mississippi Right to Life
- Mississippi Manufacturers Association
Parks has been the Director of the Mississippi Governmental Prayer Alliance. She and her husband, Mike, have one daughter.
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- 'RParks for Senate.com, "About Rita," accessed July 18, 2011
- R Parks for Senate.com, "Issues," accessed August 22, 2011
- Mississippi Department of State, 2011 Official State Senate Candidate List
- Follow the Money, "2011 Campaign Contributions," accessed May 15, 2014
- StateScape, "Session Schedules," accessed July 29, 2014
- Business and Industry Political Education Committee, "Legislator 'Business & Jobs' Report Card - 2014 Legislative Session," accessed August 30, 2014
- Rita Parks's campaign website - About Rita
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