Gray Tollison

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Gray Tollison
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Mississippi State Senate District 9
In office
1996 - Present
Term ends
January 10, 2012
Years in position 18
Base salary$10,000 per year
Per diem$109/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected1995
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sRhodes College
J.D.University of Mississippi School of Law
Place of birthMemphis, TN
Office website
Campaign website
Gray Tollison (b. September 8, 1964) is a Republican member of the Mississippi State Senate, representing the 9th Senatorial District.

Tollison joined the Mississippi State Senate in 1996. He has served in that position since, representing the 9th district. From 1996 to November 2011 Tollison served as a member of the Democratic Party. On November 10, two days after being re-elected as a Democrat, Tollison announced he was switching to the Republican Party.[1]

Tollison is an Attorney.

Tollison earned his BA from Rhodes College. He went on to receive his JD from the University of Mississippi School of Law.

Committee assignments


In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Tollison has been appointed to these committees:



See also: Mississippi State Senate elections, 2011

Tollison won re-election to the Mississippi Senate District 9. He ran unopposed in the primary on August 2, 2011 and was to face Todd Wade (R) in the general election on November 8, 2011.[2] However, Wade was removed from the ballot in mid-September by the state Election Commission for failing to be a qualified elector of the state for four years.[3]

Two days after the election, Tollison switched parties.


See also: Mississippi State Senate elections, 2007

On November 6, 2007, Gray Tollison ran unopposed for District 9 of the Mississippi State Senate. [4]

Gray Tollison raised $6,200 for his campaign.[5]

Mississippi Senate, District 9
Candidates Votes Percent
Gray Tollison (D) 11,648 100%

Campaign donors


In 2009 Gray Tollison collected $12,200 in donations. [6]

His four largest contributors in 2009 were:

Donor Amount
Entertainment Software Association $1,500
Commonwealth Brands $1,000
Anheuser-Busch $1,000
AT&T $1,000


Campaign themes


On his campaign website, Tollison highlights the following four issues:

  • Education: "To me, improving educational opportunities is the key to improving our quality of life. I have consistently fought for increased funding for education, and also made sure that we had accountability in our schools. We need to focus on the teacher and classroom and make sure our children are getting a quality education."[7]
  • Jobs and Economic Development: "It is important that we invest in our people through education and workforce training, so they have the skills and knowledge to work in the ever-changing workplace. We also need to continue our investment in infrastructure for transportation, energy and technology and to ensure that the government is helpful in growing new jobs and not a hindrance."[7]
  • Effective and Efficient Government: "Government is not the answer to all of society’s problems. It never has been. We have to work together as a community – private business, civic groups and churches – to seek real solutions to our problems. At the same time, state government has an important role in our community...We need to continue working on better ways to make government more effective and efficient."[7]
  • Crime and Safety: "I have provided leadership in the legislature as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary B Committee for the past seven years. I have worked to increase penalties for crimes against children and vulnerable adults, to reform juvenile justice laws and to support our law enforcement officers."[7]

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Tollison has a wife, Farish.

Contact Information

Capitol Address:
Post Office Box 1018, Room 409 A
Jackson, MS 39215-1018
Phone: 601-359-3425

District Address
Post Office Box 1358
Oxford, MS 38655
Phone: 662-234-7070 (Business)
Phone: 662-234-8395 (Home)


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