Steve Hale

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Steve Hale
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Mississippi State Senate, District 10
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
Prior offices
Mayor of Senatobia
Bachelor'sMississippi State University
ProfessionPublic administration
Office website
Steve Hale is a Democratic member of the Mississippi State Senate, representing District 10. He was first elected to the chamber in 2011.

Hale has served as Tate County Planning Director, President of the Tate County Board of Supervisors, Senatobia Alderman, and Mayor of Senatobia.


Hale earned his B.S. in Business Administration from Mississippi State University. His professional experience includes working for Hale Lumber Company, a small family-owned business started by his grandfather.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2015
Economic Development, Vice Chair
Accountability, Efficiency and Transparency
Investigate State Offices
Judiciary, Division A
Universities and Colleges


In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Hale served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


On his website, Hale highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

  • Committed to Education
Education is one of my top priorities. As a veteran educator, my wife, Cindy, shares my passion for a strong education system. If elected, I will advocate for educators and those who have no voice of their own, our students. As a parent and a grandparent, I understand that adequate education funding from pre-kindergarten to college is critical to the economic growth of our community and the quality of life of our children.
I also understand that unchecked spending is not the solution. A responsibly developed education budget with required performance and accountability is critical to successfully implementing a system that works.
  • Committed to Jobs
As former head of Mississippi’s lead economic development agency, I understand the impact that a trained and educated work force within our community has on prospective employers, both from existing and new businesses. Education and job creation should go hand in hand. A commitment to a strong education system is the best workforce development investment our state can make.
If elected, I will:
  • Use experience in the recruiting process to attract new jobs to our community;
  • Support adequate funding for existing workforce training programs; and
  • Promote the retention and expansion of our in-state employers.
  • Committed to Independent-Thinking
As a husband, parent, grandparent, and Christian, I understand that my participation in the decision-making process should be based on the values and needs of our community. I will provide the people of District 10 with strong, effective and loyal leadership. I understand that government exists to serve the people, and my role as State Senator will be to act as a mechanism for improving the overall quality of life in District 10.



See also: Mississippi State Senate elections, 2015

Elections for the office of Mississippi State Senate 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.[3]


See also: Mississippi State Senate elections, 2011

Hale won the 2011 election for Mississippi Senate District 10. He defeated Michael Cathey in the primary on August 2, 2011. Vann Branch ran unopposed in the Republican primary. Hale defeated Branch in the general election on November 8, 2011.[4]

Mississippi State Senate, District 10 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Hale 63% 12,846
     Republican Vann Branch 37% 7,530
Total Votes 20,376
Mississippi State Senate, District 10 Democratic Primary, 2011
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Hale 53.8% 6,896
Michael Cathey 46.2% 5,928
Total Votes 12,824

Campaign donors


In 2011, Hale received $36,270 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[5]

Mississippi State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Steve Hale's campaign in 2011
Hale, Steve & Cindy$10,000
Mississippi Hospital Association$5,000
Hannaford, Eddy$1,000
Mississippi Association Of Realtors$1,000
Unreadable, Carolyn H$1,000
Total Raised in 2011 $36,270
Total Votes received in 2011 12,846
Cost of each vote received $2.82


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.[6]

Legislators are scored on "economic growth, jobs and other broad job-related issues."[7]


Hale and his wife, Cindy, have two children and two grandchildren.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Nolan Mettetal
Mississippi State Senate District 10
Succeeded by