Brice Wiggins

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Brice Wiggins
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Mississippi State Senate, District 52
Incumbent
In office
2012 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2016
Years in position 2
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$10,000/year
Per diem$109/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First electedNovember 8, 2011
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolPascagoula High School
Bachelor'sTulane University
J.D.Mississippi College School of Law
Personal
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
Brice Wiggins is a Republican member of the Mississippi State Senate, representing District 52. He was first elected to the chamber in 2011.

Biography

Wiggins earned his B.A. from Tulane University and J.D. from Mississippi College School of Law. His professional experience includes working with the firm of Colingo, Williand, Heidelberg & McElhaney, P.A.; and as the Youth Court prosecutor for the office of the District Attorney.[1]

Committee assignments

2012-2013

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

Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2012
Ports and Marine Resources, Chair
Appropriations
Congressional Redistricting
Corrections
Education
Environment Prot, Cons and Water Res
Judiciary, Division B
Public Health and Welfare

Issues

Campaign themes

2011

On his website, Wiggins highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • Crime
As assistant district attorney, I have seen first hand the toll crime takes on victims and communities. In particular, a growing number of crimes are being committed against the most vulnerable, our children. These crimes are particularly devastating as it robs our youngest of part of their future. Citizens of all ages in Jackson County have a right to be safe in their communities. To accomplish this, we must give law enforcement and prosecutors the proper and necessary resources to address the increased cases of child exploitation and abuse we are seeing.[2]
  • Education
Education is a top priority for me. I am a proud graduate of the Pascagoula Public School System and have two young children currently in school there. Through my work chairing the Excel By 5 Pascagoula Coalition, I have seen the difference early education and early reading programs can make. Educated school ready children are the key to our future and our economic vitality. It is time for Mississippi to join the ranks of other forward thinking states and make pre-kindergarten programs available to every child in our state. I believe this is one of a number of workable solutions available that will enhance our children’s learning achievements and test scores without creating a hardship for taxpayers. My ultimate hope is to bring education to the forefront in our state and create a paradigm shift as to how we value education at all levels. Ultimately, I see Mississippi children and students setting the standard for education, not measuring up to it.[3]
  • Insurance
Those of us living along the gulf coast are in the midst of a housing insurance crisis. Since Hurricane Katrina, rates for protecting the places and things we love have continued to climb until they are unaffordable to many people. These unsustainable rates are stifling housing sales and pushing some current homeowners into foreclosure. It has been almost six years since Hurricane Katrina, and nothing has been done to address the problem. However, there are a number of workable angles from which this problem can be attacked. We must increase competition among insurance companies doing business along the coast, thereby, spreading the risk across a larger population We must establish incentive for homeowners, on new construction and refurbishments, to build to higher standards. There must also be incentives for local governments to strengthen building codes. No unfunded mandates, I am also proposing a two year tax credit to homeowners whose flood insurance rates have increased.[4]
  • "Economic development'
Economic development means economic diversity. Jackson County is home to great major industrial companies like Huntington-Ingalls, Chevron, Signal International, First Chemical and others. In order for South Mississippi to be competitive in the world job market we must be forward thinking and diversify our job base to attract new, modern jobs and increase demand for our small businesses and retail sectors. Financial advisors stress the importance of diversity in individuals’ and businesses portfolios to increase wealth and minimize downturns. Similarly, a diversified job and industrial base will bring in better jobs, better pay and better educational opportunities.[5]

Election history

2011

See also: Mississippi State Senate elections, 2011

Wiggins won the 2011 election for Mississippi Senate District 52. He defeated incumbent Tommy Moffatt in the primary on August 2, 2011. No Democratic candidates ran in the primary. Wiggins won the general election on November 8, 2011 unopposed. [6]

Campaign donors

2011

In 2011, Wiggins received $92,699 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[7]

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Personal

Wiggins and his wife, Heather, have two children. He has chaired the Pascagoula Excel by 5 Coalition.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tommy Moffatt
Mississippi State Senate District 52
2012–present
Succeeded by
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