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Phil Bryant
Governor of Mississippi
In office
January 10, 2012 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2016
Years in position 3
PredecessorHaley Barbour
Base salary$122,160
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First electedNovember 8, 2011
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Campaign $$10,909,181
Term limitsTwo terms
Prior offices
Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi
January 10, 2008 - January 9, 2012
State Auditor of Mississippi
1996 - 2007
Associate'sHinds Community College
Bachelor'sUniversity of Southern Mississippi
Master'sMississippi College
Date of birthDecember 9, 1954
Place of birthMoorhead, MS
ProfessionAdjunct professor, author
ReligionUnited Methodist
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Phil Bryant (b. December 9, 1954, in Moorhead, Mississippi) is the current Republican Governor of Mississippi. Bryant has served in this position since January 10, 2012. He was first elected in 2011, after defeating Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree in the November 8 general election.

Before becoming governor, Bryant served as Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi. In this role, he was also President of the Mississippi State Senate. His political experience also includes a long stint as Mississippi Auditor, having been appointed to the position in November 1996 by former Governor Kirk Fordice. He was elected to a full term in 1999 and again in 2003, when he ran unopposed. Bryant served five years as a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives prior to his appointment to the auditor's office. As a state representative, Bryant was the Vice Chairman of the Insurance Committee and authored the Capital Gains Tax Cut Act of 1992.

Outside state government, Bryant has worked as an adjunct professor of government at Mississippi College and is the contributing author of three books.

An analysis of Republican governors by Nate Silver of the New York Times in April 2013 ranked Bryant as the 5th most conservative governor in the country.[1]

Bryant's first term as governor is set to expire on January 12, 2016. He is running for re-election in 2015.[2][3]


Bryant, a Moorhead native, is the son of a diesel mechanic and a mother who stayed at home to raise her three children.

He is an adjunct professor of government at Mississippi College, and is the contributing author of three books: 21st Century Government - Digital Promise, Digital Reality, Best Cases Practices, which highlights innovations of other Republican lieutenant governors, and Leadership Secrets of Government Financial Offices. [4]


  • B.A. in criminal justice, University of Southern Mississippi
  • M.A. in political science, Mississippi College

Political career

Governor of Mississippi (2012-Present)

Gun control

Bryant (R) took a defiant stand against new federal executive order gun regulations before they were signed in January 2013, saying any such order “infringes our constitutional right to keep and bear arms” and is unconstitutional. Bryant asked the Mississippi Legislature to “immediately pass legislation that would make any unconstitutional order by the President illegal to enforce in Mississippi by state or local law enforcement.”[5]

Job creation ranking

In a June 2013 analysis by The Business Journals which ranked 45 of the country's 50 governors by their job creation record, Bryant was ranked number 14. The five governors omitted from the analysis all assumed office in 2013. The ranking was based on a comparison of the annual private sector growth rate in all 50 states using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.[6][7]

Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi (2008 - 2011)

Before becoming governor, Bryant served one term as Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi. He was elected in 2007 and took office the following January. In Mississippi, the lieutenant governor is also president of the state senate.

Mississippi State Auditor (1996 - 2007)

Bryant served as state auditor from 1996-2007. He was initially appointed to the position in November 1996 by former Governor Kirk Fordice. He went on to win two full terms in the auditors office, in 1999 and again in 2003, when he ran unopposed.

Mississippi House of Representatives (1990 - 1995)

Bryant was a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives from 1990-1995. His record as a state lawmaker included serving as vice chairman of the insurance committee and authored the Capital Gains Tax Cut Act of 1992.


Presidential preference


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

Phil Bryant endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [8]

On The Issues Vote Match

Phil Bryant's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Bryant is a Libertarian-Leaning Conservative. Bryant received a score of 33 percent on social issues and 83 percent on economic issues.[9]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[10]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Unknown Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Neutral
Support & expand free trade Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Unknown
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Unknown
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Opposes
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[9] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.



See also: Mississippi gubernatorial 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 gubernatorial election, 2011

Bryant defeated Democrat Johnny DuPree in the general election on November 8, 2011.


Republican primary
Gubernatorial Republican Primary election
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party James Broadwater 1.2%
     Republican Party ApprovedaPhil Bryant 59.5%
     Republican Party Dave Dennis 25.7%
     Republican Party Hudson Holliday 4.7%
     Republican Party Ron Williams 8.8%
Total Votes 289,788
General election
Governor of Mississippi, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPhil Bryant 61% 544,851
     Democratic Johnny DuPree 39% 348,617
Total Votes 893,468
Election Results via Mississippi Secretary of State

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Bryant is available dating back to 1999. Based on available campaign finance records, Bryant raised a total of $10,909,181 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 8, 2013.[12]

Phil Bryant's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2011 Governor of Mississippi Won $6,412,216
2009 Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi Not up for election $896,976
2007 Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi Won $2,953,019
2005 Mississippi Auditor Not up for election $233,424
2003 Mississippi Auditor Won $192,906
1999 Mississippi Auditor Won $220,640
Grand Total Raised $10,909,181


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 Phil Bryant's donors each year.[13] Click [show] for more information.


Bryant and his wife, Deborah, have two children and are active members of St. Marks United Methodist Church.

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External links

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  1. New York Times, "In State Governments, Signs of a Healthier G.O.P.," April 16, 2013
  2. The Clarion Ledger, "Gov. Bryant outlines priorities in State of the State," January 20, 2015
  3., "Q&A with Phil Bryant: Mississippi governor discusses 2015 agenda in AP interview," January 3, 2015
  4., "About Phil," accessed July 20, 2011
  5. Memphis Business Journal, "Mississippi Gov. Bryant wants state to ignore gun-control executive orders," January 17, 2013
  6. The Business Journals, "Governors and jobs: How governors rank for job creation in their states," June 27, 2013
  7. The Business Journals, "How state governors rank on their job-growth record," June 27, 2013
  8. CNN Political Ticker, "Mississippi governor endorses Romney," March 9, 2012
  9. 9.0 9.1 On The Issues, "Phil Bryant Vote Match," accessed June 18, 2014
  10. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.
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  12. Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Phil Bryant," accessed July 17, 2013
  13. Follow the, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
Political offices
Preceded by
Haley Barbour (R)
Governor of Mississippi
2012 - present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi
2008 - 2012
Succeeded by
Tate Reeves (R)