Rufus Straughter

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Rufus Straughter
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Mississippi House of Representatives, District 51
In office
1996 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2016
Years in position 19
Base salary$10,000/year
Per diem$123/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First electedNovember 7, 1995
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sDelta State University
Master'sJackson State University
Date of birthMay 4, 1937
Office website
Rufus Straughter (b. May 4, 1937) is a Democratic member of the Mississippi House of Representatives, representing District 51. He was first elected to the chamber in 1995.


Straughter earned his B.A. from Delta State University, and M.B.A. and M.S. from Jackson State University. His professional experience includes working as an educator.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2015
Fees and Salaries of Public Officers, Vice Chair
Conservation and Water Resources
Public Property
Workforce Development


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


During the 2010-2011 legislative session, Straughter served on the following committees:



See also: Mississippi House of Representatives elections, 2015

Elections for the office of Mississippi House of Representatives 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.[2]


See also: Mississippi House of Representatives elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Straughter won re-election to District 51 of the Mississippi House of Representatives. He defeated Gary Farmer and Whitfield Harrington in the August 2 primary,[3] and won the November 8 general election uncontested.

Mississippi House of Representatives District 51 Democratic Primary, 2011
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRufus Straughter Incumbent 61.9% 3,460
Whitfield Harrington 20.8% 1,166
Gary Farmer 17.3% 968
Total Votes 5,594


See also: Mississippi House of Representatives elections, 2007

On November 6, 2007, Straughter was re-elected in District 51. He defeated Gary Farmer in the primary election, and ran unopposed in the general election.[4]

Mississippi House of Representatives, District 51 (2007)
Candidates Votes Percent
Rufus Straughter (D) 5,303 100.0%

Campaign donors


In 2011, Straughter received $10,215 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[5]

Mississippi House of Representatives 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Rufus Straughter's campaign in 2011
Ameristar Casinos$1,000
Mississippi Association For Justice$1,000
Mississippi Hospital Association$1,000
Hayes Dent Public Strategy$600
Total Raised in 2011 $10,215
Total Votes received in 2011 5,561
Cost of each vote received $1.84


In 2007, Straughter collected $8,315 in donations.[6]

Listed below are the five largest contributors to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Mississippi House Democratic Leadership $2,000
Isle of Capri Casino $500
Isle of Capri Casino $500
Home Builders Association of Mississippi $500
Lawyers Involved for Mississippi Betterment $500


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In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 7 through April 2.[7]

Legislators are scored on "economic growth, jobs and other broad job-related issues."[8]


Straughter has been a member of the Elks, Haywood County Association of Educators, Mississippi Association of Education, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, National Education Association, and Omega Psi Phi.[1]

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