Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce

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The Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce is an elected state executive position in the Mississippi state government. The Commissioner is elected to a four-year term.

The Department of Agriculture and Commerce states that its mission is "to regulate and promote agricultural-related businesses within the state and to promote Mississippi's products throughout both the state and the rest of the world for the benefit of all Mississippi citizens."[1]

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Lester Spell (R). He was first elected in 1995 and is serving in his fourth consecutive term. Spell is retiring and not running for re-election in 2011.


The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce was created by an Act of the Mississippi legislature in 1906, which also provided for the election of the first Agricultural and Commerce Commissioner.


To qualify to run for Agriculture and Commerce Commissioner, candidates must be:[2]

  • at least 25 years of age
  • a qualified elector
  • citizen of Mississippi for 5 years


Mississippi elects agricultural commissioners to four-year terms during gubernatorial election years. For Mississippi, 2003, 2007, 2011, and 2015 are all agricultural commissioner election years.



Divisions of the Office


Former officeholders

Since 1906, Mississippi has had 6 officeholders.

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Contact information

Mississippi Department of Agriculture & Commerce
121 North Jefferson Street
Jackson, MS 39201
Phone: 601-359-1100
Fax: 601-354-6290

See also

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