|Mississippi State Senate, District 44|
|2012 - present|
|January 3, 2016|
|Years in position||3|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 8, 2011|
|First elected||November 8, 2011|
|Next general||November 3, 2015|
|Bachelor's||University of Southern Mississippi|
|Profession||Small business owner|
Polk graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi. His professional experience includes owning a family business, Polk's Meat Products.
In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Polk served on the following committees:
|Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2012|
|• Universities and Colleges, Chair|
|• Accountability, Efficiency, Transparency|
|• Ports and Marine Resources|
Polk's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- Fiscal Conservative
- "I have owned and successfully managed Polk's Meat Products, Inc., since 1974. I have been responsible for making the hard decisions that have kept us thriving through some very difficult times. It's not my nature to waste my money, and I'm certainly not going to waste our tax dollars when I get to Jackson."
- "Everyone wants good education. We've got to look at the way education is administered from the local to the state level. Let's get and keep good teachers teaching with the resources they need to do their job."
- Welfare Reform
- "An out-of-control welfare system is keeping able-bodied citizens at home drawing a check instead of earning a living. Add to that a growing problem of illegals coming to work in America, and you have an economic problem that could seriously impact Mississippi if we don't stay ahead of it."
- Economic Development
- "Having owned my own business since 1974, I know what has helped me grow my business and what has hindered that growth. There are many small changes we could make that would make Mississippi an even more attractive place to recruit new businesses and grow already existing businesses."
- "Camp Shelby is one of the premier military training centers in America. We are fortunate to have it right here adjoining the 44th Senate District. We need to remember the men and women who train at that facillity (sic) and insure that we, as a state, offer them and their families what assistance we can to prepare them to defend our nation."
- See also: Mississippi State Senate elections, 2011
Polk won the 2011 election for Mississippi Senate District 44. He defeated Tim Ryan in the primary on August 2, 2011. No candidates ran in the Democratic primary. Polk defeated Reform Party candidate Lajena Williams in the general election on November 8, 2011.
|Mississippi State Senate, District 44 General Election, 2011|
|Reform Party||Lajena Williams||12.9%||2,741|
|Mississippi State Senate, District 44 Republican Primary, 2011|
In 2011, Polk received $100,674 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|Mississippi State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to John Polk's campaign in 2011|
|Mississippi Bankers Association PAC||$2,000|
|Magnolia Label Co., Inc.||$1,000|
|Total Raised in 2011||$100,674|
|Total Votes received in 2011||18,533|
|Cost of each vote received||$5.43|
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In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 7 through April 2.
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Polk and his wife, Jan, have two children and three grandchildren.
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- VoteJohnPolk.com, "On the issues," accessed August 22, 2011 (dead link)
- Mitt Romney for President, "Mitt Romney Announces Support of Mississippi Lt. Governor Reeves and Other Leaders," January 20, 2012 (Archived)
- Mississippi Department of State, 2011 Official State Senate Candidate List
- Follow the Money, "2011 Campaign Contributions," accessed May 15, 2014
- 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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