Deborah Dawkins

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Deborah Dawkins
Deborah Dawkins.jpg
Mississippi State Senate, District 48
In office
2000 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2016
Years in position 15
Base salary$10,000/year
Per diem$123/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected1999
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Southern Mississippi
ProfessionMarketing Consultant/Surgical Technician
ReligionUnited Methodist
Office website
Deborah Jeanne Dawkins is a Democratic member of the Mississippi State Senate, representing District 48. She was first elected to the chamber in 1999.


Dawkins attended the University of Texas and the London School of Economics, and earned her B.S. in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1995. Her professional experience includes working as a marketing consultant and surgical technician.

Committee assignments


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

Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2012
State Library, Chair
Environment Prot, Cons and Water Res, Vice Chair
Drug Policy
Highways and Transportation
Investigate State Offices
Ports and Marine Resources


In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Dawkins served on these committees:



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.[1]


See also: Mississippi State Senate elections, 2011

Dawkins won re-election to the Mississippi Senate District 48. She ran unopposed in the primary on August 2, 2011. Ashley Skellie also ran unopposed in the Republican primary. Dawkins defeated Skellie in the general election on November 8, 2011.[2]

Mississippi State Senate, District 48 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngDeborah Dawkins Incumbent 50.2% 4,689
     Republican Ashley Skellie 49.8% 4,648
Total Votes 9,337


See also: Mississippi State Senate elections, 2007

On November 6, 2007, Deborah Dawkins ran for District 48 of the Mississippi State Senate, beating Ashley Skellie.[3]

Deborah Dawkins raised $38,452 for her campaign.[4]

Mississippi Senate, District 48
Candidates Votes Percent
Deborah Dawkins (D) 4,707 53.2%
Ashley Skellie (R) 4,145 46.8%

Campaign donors


In 2011, Dawkins received $30,877 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[5]

Mississippi State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Deborah Dawkins's campaign in 2011
Dawkins, Deborah$10,000
Mississippi Association For Justice$8,000
Mississippi Hospital Association$5,000
Blackmon, Barbara M$1,000
Edward A Williamson PA$750
Total Raised in 2011 $30,877
Total Votes received in 2011 4,689
Cost of each vote received $6.58


In 2009, Deborah Dawkins collected $200 in donations.[6]

Her contribution in 2009 was unitemized.


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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]


Dawkins and her husband, Craig, have three children.

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