Lydia Chassaniol

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Lydia Chassaniol
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Mississippi State Senate, District 14
In office
2008 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2016
Years in position 7
Base salary$10,000/year
Per diem$123/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First electedNovember 6, 2007
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Date of birthDecember 29, 1950
ProfessionRestaurant owner
Office website
Lydia Graves Chassaniol (b. December 29, 1950) is a Republican member of the Mississippi State Senate, representing District 14. She was first elected to the chamber in 2007.


Chassaniol attended Winona High School and the University of Mississippi. Her professional experience includes owning a restaurant.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2015
Tourism, Chair
Corrections, Vice Chair
Drug Policy
Investigate State Offices


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


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



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.[1]


See also: Mississippi State Senate elections, 2011

Chassaniol won re-election to the Mississippi Senate District 14. She ran unopposed in the primary on August 2, 2011. Carlos Moore ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. Chassaniol defeated Moore in the general election on November 8, 2011.[2]

Mississippi State Senate, District 14 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLydia Chassaniol Incumbent 63.6% 12,264
     Democratic Carlos Moore 36.4% 7,011
Total Votes 19,275


See also: Mississippi State Senate elections, 2007

On November 6, 2007, Lydia Chassaniol ran unopposed for District 14 of the Mississippi State Senate.[3] Lydia Chassaniol raised $73,420 for her campaign.[4]

Mississippi Senate, District 14
Candidates Votes Percent
Lydia Chassaniol (R) 13,248 100%

Campaign donors


In 2011, Chassaniol received $70,521 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[5]

Mississippi State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Lydia Chassaniol's campaign in 2011
Mississippi Bankers Association$4,000
Mississippi Physicians Association$3,000
Friends Of Tate Reeves$2,500
Home Builders Association Of Mississippi$2,000
Mississippi Association Of Realtors$2,000
Total Raised in 2011 $70,521
Total Votes received in 2011 12,264
Cost of each vote received $5.75


In 2009, Lydia Chassaniol collected $23,432 in donations.[6]

Her five largest contributors in 2009 were:

Donor Amount
Mississippi Independent Pharmacies Association $1,000
Commonwealth Brands Inc. $1,000
Georgia-Pacific $1,000
William Billingsley $1,000
Harrah's $1,000


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.[7]

Legislators are scored on "economic growth, jobs and other broad job-related issues."[8]


Chassaniol and her husband, Emmett, have two children.

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Preceded by
Mississippi State Senate District 14
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