Jim Beckett

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Charles Beckett
Charles Beckett.jpg
Mississippi House of Representatives, District 23
In office
2004 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2016
Years in position 10
Base salary$10,000/year
Per diem$109/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First electedNovember 4, 2003
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Associate'sNorthwest Community College, 1978
Bachelor'sUniversity of Mississippi, 1980
J.D.University of Mississippi Law School, 1982
BirthdayJuly 25, 1958
Office website
Charles Beckett (b. July 25, 1958) is a Republican member of the Mississippi House of Representatives, representing District 23. He was first elected to the chamber in 2003.


Beckett earned his A.A. from Northwest Community College, B.A. from the University of Mississippi, and J.D. from the University of Mississippi Law School. Beckett's professional experience includes working as an attorney for the City of Bruce and in private practice; he previously served as attorney to the Calhoun County School Board from 1992 to 2003.[1]

Committee assignments


During the 2012-2013 legislative session, Beckett served on the following committees:

Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2012
Congressional Redistricting
Judiciary A
Judiciary En Banc
Legislative Reapportionment
Public Property
Public Utilities, Chair


During the 2010-2011 legislative session, Beckett served on the following committees:

Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2010
Judiciary A
Judiciary En Banc
Universities and Colleges

Election history


See also: Mississippi House of Representatives elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Beckett won re-election to District 23 of the Mississippi House of Representatives. He ran unopposed in the August 2 primary and defeated Steve Whitten in the November 8 general election. [2]

Mississippi House of Representatives, District 23 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCharles Beckett Incumbent 62.1% 5,072
     Democrat Steve Whitten 37.9% 3,102
Total Votes 8,174


See also: Mississippi House of Representatives elections, 2007

On November 6, 2007 Beckett was re-elected in District 23, defeating Democratic challenger Marshall Coleman.[3]

Mississippi House of Representatives, District 23 (2007)
Candidates Votes Percent
Charles Beckett (R) 4,198 56.03%
Marshall Coleman (D) 3,294 43.97%

Campaign donors


In 2011, Beckett received $69,525 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[4]

Mississippi House of Representatives 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jim Beckett's campaign in 2011
Improve Mississippi$7,910
Mississippi Bankers Association$3,000
Gunn, Philip$2,000
State Farm$2,000
Mississippi Medical Association$2,000
Total Raised in 2011 $69,525
Total Votes received in 2011 5,072
Cost of each vote received $13.71


In 2007, Beckett collected $86,342 in donations.[5]

Listed below are the five largest contributors to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Mississippi Republican Party $17,000
Beckett, Jim $4,306
Mississippi House Republican Conference $4,000
Mississippi Association of Realtors $3,000
Mississippi Hospital Association $2,500


Beckett is married with two children. He has been a member of the Bruce Chamber of Commerce, Bruce Touchdown Club, American Bar Association, Mississippi State Bar Association, Rotary, Calhoun County Bar Association, Mississippi Association of City Attorneys, and the Mississippi Prosecutors Association.[1]

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