|Mississippi State Senate District 4|
|2008 - January 10, 2012|
|Base salary||$10,000 per year|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 8, 2011|
|First elected||November 6, 2007|
|Place of birth||Red Bay, AL|
Powell was a candidate for the Mississippi State Senate in 2003 but was not elected. He then joined the Mississippi State Senate in 2008. He has served in that position since, representing the 4th district.
Powell works as Quality Control at a Pollution Control Agency.
Powell attended Wingate University, the University of Mississippi, and Northeast Community College.
In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Powell served on these committees:
- Drug Policy Committee, Mississippi Senate
- Finance Committee, Mississippi Senate
- Forestry Committee, Mississippi Senate
- Labor Committee, Mississippi Senate
- Ports and Marine Resources Committee, Mississippi Senate
- Tourism Committee, Mississippi Senate
- Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Committee, Mississippi Senate
- See also: Mississippi State Senate elections, 2011
Powell lost re-election to the Mississippi Senate District 4. He ran unopposed in the primary on August 2, 2011. Rita Parks ran unopposed in the Republican primary. Powell lost to Parks in the general election on November 8, 2011. 
|Mississippi State Senate, District 4 General Election, 2011|
|Democrat||Eric Powell Incumbent||49.3%||8,798|
- See also: Mississippi State Senate elections, 2007
Eric Powell raised $68,853 for his campaign.
|Mississippi Senate, District 4|
|Eric Powell (D)||8,571||51.5%|
|James Moffitt (R)||8,074||48.5%|
In 2009 Eric Powell collected $2,500 in donations. 
His five largest contributors in 2009 were:
On his campaign website, Powell outlines his position on the following issues:
- Helping unemployed Mississippians: "During my first year in office, I sponsored a bill that raised the weekly unemployment benefit to $235 a week. That $25 weekly increase has helped ease the financial pain of thousands of Mississippians who have struggled to find work in the worst recession in decades. At the same time, I have worked with local and state economic development officials to lure new industry, attract new jobs and save existing jobs..."
- Strengthening drug laws: "After learning more about the dan- gers and increasing popularity of “bath salts,” I knew we had to do something immediately to prevent similar problems in the future. I joined with other lawmakers and passed a bill this year to outlaw the synthetic drug."
- Supporting local firefighters: "Volunteer firefighters receive no compensation for their work. Yet they put their safety and lives on the line every day. I have secured funding to provide volunteer fire depart- ments with fire trucks and equipment they need."
- Balancing our budget: "I and other lawmakers have funded state government and state services at the highest possible level every year with a balanced budget. I am immensely proud of that, especially as we watch the mounting debt and deficit problems that plague our national government. That isn’t happening here. And I will continue to make sure it won’t happen here."
- Supporting state employees: "Our employees are loyal. They sometimes work under difficult, stressful circumstances. And because of that, I strongly support keeping them under the protec- tion of the State Personnel Board. I also support the Public Employees Retirement System of Mississippi. I oppose any and all efforts to change or close PERS."
- Funding our schools: "We need to give our schools exactly what they need in order to be successful and prepare our children to be the leaders of tomorrow...We still have a lot to do to improve public education at all levels in Mississippi. And I give you my word I am as dedicated to that issue as I have ever been. I will do anything and everything within my power to make sure we offer our children a top-notch, quality public education. They deserve nothing less."
Powell and his wife, Gwendolyn, have three children.
Post Office Box 1018
Jackson, MS 39215
Corinth, MS 38834
Phone: 662-286-9953 (Home)
- Official campaign website
- Official Mississippi Senate Page
- Legislative profile on Project Vote Smart
- Biography on Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2009, 2007, 2003
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