|Mississippi State Senate, District 8|
|2012 - present|
|January 3, 2016|
|Years in position||2|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 8, 2011|
|First elected||November 8, 2011|
|Next general||November 3, 2015|
|Profession||Small business owner and cattle farmer|
Jolly's professional experience includes spending much of his career running a grocery store in rural Mississippi, and operating his family's cattle farm.
In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Jolly served on the following committees:
|Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2012|
|• Agriculture, Vice Chair|
|• County Affairs|
|• Environment Prot, Cons and Water Res|
|• Highway and Transportation|
On his Facebook page, Jolly highlighted the following campaign themes:
- Economic development and job growth: "conomic development and job growth are imperative to the vitality of our communities and to keeping our bright and talented young people from leaving this area. I will work with local, regional and state leaders to take measures to attract new businesses and higher paying jobs to District 8. For example, I will fight for our fair share of transportation dollars to improve infrastructure so that District 8 will be a more attractive venue for economic development."
- Public schools: "A good public school system is critical to the educational, social, and moral development of our children and grandchildren. I have a close association with our public school system. My wife, Rhonda, has been a public school teacher for 33 years and both of our children obtained good educations in the public school system. If you give me the opportunity to be your next senator, I will fight to adequately fund public education and also to bring more accountability and better moral standards to our school systems."
- Conservative values: "As a husband, father, and grandfather, I also will be committed to restoring and preserving our conservative values. It is no secret that America has lost its moral compass and our value system has eroded in recent years. I will fight to reclaim those traditional Christian values. I also will fight to protect other conservative values such as our 2nd Amendment right to bear arms and the right to not have our private property unfairly taken by the government through eminent domain."
- Finance: "A farmer and former small business owner, I have had years of experience making tough financial decisions and living within my means. If elected, I will use that experience and a common-sense perspective in making decisions with how our state government spends our tax dollars. I will fight to cut wasteful spending of our hard-earned money."
- See also: Mississippi State Senate elections, 2011
Jolly won election to the Mississippi Senate District 8. He defeated Marshall Coleman, Barry Springer and Sherman Carouthers in the primary on August 2, 2011. Patsy Gregory defeated Victor Horn in the Republican primary. The general election took place on November 8, 2011.
|Mississippi State Senate, District 8 General Election, 2011|
|Mississippi State Senate, District 8 Democratic Primary, 2011|
2011 special election
In 2011, Jolly received $62,441 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|Mississippi State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Russell Jolly's campaign in 2011|
|Mississippi Hospital Association||$7,500|
|Mississippi Association Of Realtors||$2,000|
|Total Raised in 2011||$62,441|
|Total Votes received in 2011||11,558|
|Cost of each vote received||$5.4|
Jolly and his wife, Rhonda, have two children and five grandchildren.
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- Office website
- Campaign Facebook page
- Profile from Open States
- NEMS360.com, "Senate District 8: Gregory and Jolly to be on ballot twice on election day," October 29, 2011
- The Parents' Campaign, "Candidates for Senate District 8" (2011 Candidate Questionnaire)
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