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Rita Parks

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Rita Parks
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Mississippi State Senate, District 4
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 schoolAlcorn Central High School
Associate'sNortheast Mississippi Community College
Bachelor'sUniversity of Mississippi
Office website
Campaign website
Rita Potts Parks is a Republican member of the Mississippi State Senate, representing District 4. She was first elected to the chamber in 2011.


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.[1]

Committee assignments


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


Campaign themes


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."[2]
  • 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."[2]
  • 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."[2]
  • 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."[2]



See also: Mississippi State Senate elections, 2011

Parks won the 2011 election for Mississippi Senate District 4. She was unopposed in the August 2, 2011 primary and defeated incumbent Eric Powell in the general election on November 8, 2011.[3]

Mississippi State Senate, District 4 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRita Parks 50.7% 9,050
     Democratic Eric Powell Incumbent 49.3% 8,798
Total Votes 17,848

Campaign donors


In 2011, Parks received $69,620 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[4]

Mississippi State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Rita Parks's campaign in 2011
Improve Mississippi$11,722
Parks, Mike$5,000
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


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.[5]

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



In 2011, Parks' endorsements included the following:[7]

  • 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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Political offices
Preceded by
Eric Powell
Mississippi State Senate District 4
Succeeded by