Wanda Jennings

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Wanda Jennings
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Mississippi House of Representatives, District 7
In office
1998 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2016
Years in position 17
Base salary$10,000/year
Per diem$123/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected1998
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Wanda Taylor Jennings (b. February 9, 1946) is a Republican member of the Mississippi House of Representatives, representing District 7. She was first elected to the chamber in 1997.


Jennings attended Memphis State University. Her professional experience includes working as a businesswoman.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2015
Military Affairs, Chair
Fees and Salaries of Public Officers
Judiciary A
Judiciary En Banc
Youth and Family Affairs


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


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


Yearly gathering

Since 1997, Jennings has hosted a yearly gathering of both current and aspiring Mississippi political figures. In 2011, the topic focused on most in the Jennings living room was education funding. Jennings told her guests that the 2011 gathering represented the largest political gathering of statewide candidates to appear in DeSoto County in the history of her living room forum.[2]

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Wanda Jennings endorsed Newt Gingrich in the 2012 presidential election. [3] She previously endorsed Mitt Romney.[4]



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.[5]


See also: Mississippi House of Representatives elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Jennings won re-election to District 7 of the Mississippi House of Representatives. She ran unopposed in the August 2 primary and was unchallenged in the November 8 general election.[6]


See also: Mississippi House of Representatives elections, 2007

On November 6, 2007, Jennings was re-elected in District 7. She ran unopposed in both the primary and general elections.[7]

Mississippi House of Representatives, District 7 (2007)
Candidates Votes Percent
Wanda Jennings (R) 3,016 100.00%

Campaign donors


In 2011, Jennings received $5,100 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[8]

Mississippi House of Representatives 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Wanda Jennings's campaign in 2011
Mississippi Consumer Finance Association$500
Bnsf Railway$500
Mississippi Medical Association$500
Atmos Energy$500
Total Raised in 2011 $5,100
Total Votes received in 2011 5,371
Cost of each vote received $0.95


In 2007, Jennings collected $6,600 in donations.[9]

Listed below are the five largest contributors to her campaign.

Donor Amount
Mississippi Manufactured Housing Association $1,000
Advance America Cash Advance $500
Mississippi Bankers Association $500
Mississippi Association of Mortgage Brokers $450
Mississippi Consumer Finance Association $400


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In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 7 through April 2.[10]

Legislators are scored on "economic growth, jobs and other broad job-related issues."[11]


Jennings has been a member of the DeSoto Area Republican Women, Secretary of the DeSoto County Republican Party, Director of the Olive Branch Community Theatre, and a member of the Southaven Chamber of Commerce.[1]

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