Delbert Hosemann

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Delbert Hosemann
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Mississippi Secretary of State
In office
2008 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 8
PredecessorEric Clark (D)
Base salary$90,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First electedNovember 2007
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Campaign $$2,210,769
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sNotre Dame University (1969)
J.D.University of Mississippi (1972)
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army Reserves
Date of birth1947
Place of birthVicksburg, Mississippi
Office website
Delbert Hosemann, Jr. (born 1947, in Vicksburg, Mississippi) is the current Republican Mississippi Secretary of State. He was first elected to the statewide position in 2007 and won re-election in 2011. Hosemann is running for a third term as secretary of state in 2015.[1]


A Warren County native, Hosemann studied business administration at Notre Dame University before enrolling in the University of Mississippi Law School. After graduating with his juris doctor, he continued his studies at New York University, earning a L.L.M. in taxation. In his legal career, Hosemann specialized in business and tax law. A former partner of Phelps Dunbar, LLP, he was selected to the best lawyers in America 18 years in a row. He has also served in the United States Army Reserves.[2]

He is a member of the Coastal Conservation Association, the Delta Wildlife Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, the Mississippi Track Club, the Mississippi Wildlife Federation, the National Rifle Association, the North Jackson Rotary Club and the American Red Cross. He was Chairman of the Board of Mississippi Blood Services and the Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Jackson State University Development Foundation, volunteered with the Hurricane Katrina First Assistant Project and is a past Chairman of Project Safe Neighborhoods.[3][2]

Hosemann has completed both the New York and Boston Marathons, and represented Mississippi in the Senior Olympics.


  • New York University, L.L.M. in taxation, 1973
  • The University of Mississippi, J.D., 1972
  • Notre Dame University, Bachelor in Business Administration, 1969

Political career

Mississippi Secretary of State (2007-present)

Hosemann has served as Mississippi Secretary of State since 2008. Since taking office, he has worked to increase the transparency and accountability within the state.[4]

Acting in his capacity as commissioner of public lands, he fulfilled a campaign promise to post all 16th Section leases on the agency's website, and continues to work cooperatively with the Department of Marine Resources and the Nature Conservancy to acquire and protect more state lands. As chief election officer, he has traveled throughout Mississippi, and overseas to Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan to promote voter education programs and give voters a forum in which to voice their concerns about elections.[4]


See also: Mississippi Secretary of State

Article 6, Section 133 of the Mississippi Constitution details the initial duties of the secretary of state:

... and shall be keeper of the capitol; he shall keep a correct register of all official acts and proceedings of the governor; and shall, when required, lay the same, and all papers, minutes, and vouchers relative thereto, before the legislature, and he shall perform such other duties as may be required of him by law...

The roles and responsibilities of the office of Secretary of State have necessarily evolved since the Constitution was written. Click [show] for more information about these expanded roles:

State Executive elections

MississippiWest Virginia

GubernatorialLt. Governor
Attorney GeneralSecretary of State
Down ballot offices: (KY, LA, MS)


Presidential preference


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

Delbert Hosemann endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [9]



See also: Mississippi Secretary of State election, 2015

Eleven state executive offices in Mississippi are up for election in 2015. The general election will be held on November 3, 2015, following a primary election on August 4, 2015. Runoffs are scheduled for August 25 in case no candidate receives a majority (50 percent plus one) of the popular vote in a given primary race. The following sections summarize filed candidates running for each state executive office on the ballot:

See also: Mississippi gubernatorial election, 2015

Lieutenant Governor
See also: Mississippi lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2015

Attorney General
See also: Mississippi Attorney General election, 2015

Secretary of State
See also: Mississippi Secretary of State

State Treasurer
See also: Mississippi Treasurer election, 2015


See also: Mississippi Auditor election, 2015

Commissioner of Agriculture

See also: Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture election, 2015

Commissioner of Insurance

See also: Mississippi Commissioner of Insurance election, 2015

Public Service Commission (3 seats)

See also: Mississippi Public Service Commission election, 2015
Northern District:

Central District:
Incumbent Lynn Posey (R) is not seeking re-election.

Southern District:
Incumbent Steve Renfroe (I) is not seeking re-election.


See also: Mississippi secretary of state election, 2011

On February 24, 2011, Hosemann announced his intention to run for re-election in 2011.[10] He handily defeated Gulfport City Council President Richard "Ricky" Dombrowski in the August 2 Republican primary and was unopposed in the November general election. Originally, Reform Party candidate John Luke Pannell had filed to run but his name did not appear on the ballot.[11]

General election

Mississippi Secretary of State, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDelbert Hosemann Incumbent 100% 719,734
Total Votes 719,734
Election Results via Mississippi Secretary of State

Primary election

Secretary of State -- Republican primary results
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Delbert Hosemann Approveda 83%
     Republican Party Richard "Ricky" Dombrowski 17%
Total Votes 268,137


General election

Mississippi Secretary of State, 2007
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDelbert Hosemann 58.2% 425,228
     Democrat Robert H. Smith 41.8% 304,918
Total Votes 730,146
Election Results via Mississippi Secretary of State

Primary election

2007 Race for Secretary of State - Republican Primary[12]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Delbert Hosemann 56.2%
     Republican Party Mike Lott 32.5%
     Republican Party Jeffrey Rupp 9.4%
     Republican Party Gene Sills 4.3%
Total Votes 189,756

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hosemann is available dating back to 2007. Based on available campaign finance records, Hosemann raised a total of $2,210,769 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 8, 2013.[13]

Delbert Hosemann's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2011 Mississippi Secretary of State Won $811,310
2009 Mississippi Secretary of State Not up for election $376,169
2007 Mississippi Secretary of State Won $1,023,290
Grand Total Raised $2,210,769

2007 and 2011

Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Delbert Hosemann's donors each year.[14] Click [show] for more information.


Hosemann currently resides in Jackson with Lynn, his wife of 40 years. The couple has three children and three grandchildren.[2]

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Contact Information

Capitol Address:
Mississippi Secretary of State
P.O. Box 136
Jackson, MS 39205-0136

Phone: (601) 359-1350
Fax: (601) 359-1499

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Political offices
Preceded by
Eric Clark (D)
Mississippi Secretary of State
Succeeded by