|Mississippi House of Representatives, District 51|
|1996 - present|
|January 3, 2016|
|Years in position||19|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 8, 2011|
|First elected||November 7, 1995|
|Next general||November 3, 2015|
|Bachelor's||Delta State University|
|Master's||Jackson State University|
|Date of birth||May 4, 1937|
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.
During the 2012-2013 legislative session, Straughter served on the following committees:
|Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2012|
|• Conservation and Water Resources|
|• Fees and Salaries of Public Officers, Vice Chair|
|• Public Property|
|• Workforce Development|
During the 2010-2011 legislative session, Straughter served on the following committees:
|Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2010|
|• Labor, Chair|
|• Fees and Salaries of Public Officers|
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.
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, and won the November 8 general election uncontested.
|Mississippi House of Representatives District 51 Democratic Primary, 2011|
|Rufus Straughter Incumbent||61.9%||3,460|
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.
|Mississippi House of Representatives, District 51 (2007)|
|Rufus Straughter (D)||5,303||100.0%|
In 2011, Straughter received $10,215 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|Mississippi House of Representatives 2011 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Rufus Straughter's campaign in 2011|
|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.
Listed below are the five largest contributors to his campaign.
|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.
- Business and Industry Political Education Committee: Legislator "Business and Jobs" Report Card
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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.
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- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Profile from Open States
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- Campaign contributions: 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003, 1999
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Straughter
- Mississippi Secretary of State, "2015 Elections Calendar," accessed December 2, 2014
- Associated Press, "Mississippi Primary Election Results," accessed August 3, 2011
- Mississippi Secretary of State, "2007 Statewide Elections," accessed February 14, 2014
- Follow the Money, "Mississippi 2011 - Candidates," accessed February 13, 2014
- Follow the Money, 2007 contributions to Rufus Slaughter
- 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
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