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{{tnr}}'''Phil Bryant''' is the current [[Republican]] [[Governor of Mississippi]]. He was first elected to the position in 2011, and assumed office on January 10, 2012. Bryant served previously as [[Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi]]. In his role as Lieutenant Governor, he also served as President of the [[Mississippi State Senate]].  
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{{tnr}}'''Phil Bryant''' (b. December 9, 1954, in Moorhead, [[Mississippi]]) is the current [[Republican]] [[Governor of Mississippi]]. Bryant has served in this position since January 10, 2012. He was first elected in 2011, after defeating Hattiesburg mayor [[Johnny DuPree]] in the general election on November 8, 2011.
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Before becoming governor, Bryant served as [[Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi]]. In his role as lieutenant governor, he was also President of the [[Mississippi State Senate]]. His political resume also includes a long-term stint as [[Mississippi Auditor]], having been appointed to the position in November 1996 by former [[Governor]] Kirk Fordice. He was re-elected in 1999 and again in 2003, when he ran unopposed. Bryant served five years as a member of the [[Mississippi State Legislature|Mississippi House of Representatives]] prior to his appointment to the auditor's office. As a state Rep., he was the Vice Chairman of the Insurance Committee and authored the Capital Gains Tax Cut Act of 1992.
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Outside state government, Bryant has worked as an adjunct professor of government at Mississippi College, and is the contributing author of three books.
  
 
An analysis of Republican governors by Nate Silver of the ''New York Times'' in April 2013 ranked Bryant as the 5th most conservative governor in the country.<ref> [http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/16/in-state-governments-signs-of-a-healthier-g-o-p/?smid=tw-share&_r=0 ''New York Times,'' "In State Governments, Signs of a Healthier G.O.P.," April 16, 2013]</ref>
 
An analysis of Republican governors by Nate Silver of the ''New York Times'' in April 2013 ranked Bryant as the 5th most conservative governor in the country.<ref> [http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/16/in-state-governments-signs-of-a-healthier-g-o-p/?smid=tw-share&_r=0 ''New York Times,'' "In State Governments, Signs of a Healthier G.O.P.," April 16, 2013]</ref>
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Bryant's first term as governor is set to expire on January 12, 2016. He is eligible for for re-election in 2015, should he choose to pursue a second term in the role of Mississippi's chief executive official.
  
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==

Revision as of 15:22, 10 September 2013

Phil Bryant
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Governor of Mississippi
Incumbent
In office
January 10, 2012 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2016
Years in position 2
PartyRepublican
PredecessorHaley Barbour
Compensation
Base salary$122,160
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First electedNovember 8, 2011
Next generalNovember 2015
Campaign $$10,909,181
Term limitsTwo terms
Prior offices
Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi
January 10, 2008 - January 9, 2012
State Auditor of Mississippi
1996 - 2007
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Southern Mississippi
Associate'sHinds Community College
Master'sMississippi College
Personal
BirthdayDecember 9, 1954
Place of birthMoorhead, Mississippi
ReligionUnited Methodist
Websites
Office website
Phil Bryant (b. December 9, 1954, in Moorhead, Mississippi) is the current Republican Governor of Mississippi. Bryant has served in this position since January 10, 2012. He was first elected in 2011, after defeating Hattiesburg mayor Johnny DuPree in the general election on November 8, 2011.

Before becoming governor, Bryant served as Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi. In his role as lieutenant governor, he was also President of the Mississippi State Senate. His political resume also includes a long-term stint as Mississippi Auditor, having been appointed to the position in November 1996 by former Governor Kirk Fordice. He was re-elected in 1999 and again in 2003, when he ran unopposed. Bryant served five years as a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives prior to his appointment to the auditor's office. As a state Rep., he was the Vice Chairman of the Insurance Committee and authored the Capital Gains Tax Cut Act of 1992.

Outside state government, Bryant has worked as an adjunct professor of government at Mississippi College, and is the contributing author of three books.

An analysis of Republican governors by Nate Silver of the New York Times in April 2013 ranked Bryant as the 5th most conservative governor in the country.[1]

Bryant's first term as governor is set to expire on January 12, 2016. He is eligible for for re-election in 2015, should he choose to pursue a second term in the role of Mississippi's chief executive official.

Biography

Bryant, a Moorhead native, is the son of a diesel mechanic and a mother who stayed at home to raise her three children.

He is an adjunct professor of government at Mississippi College, and is the contributing author of three books: 21st Century Government - Digital Promise, Digital Reality, Best Cases Practices, which highlights innovations of other Republican lieutenant governors, and Leadership Secrets of Government Financial Offices. [2]

Education

  • B.A. in criminal justice, University of Southern Mississippi
  • M.A. in political science, Mississippi College

Political career

Governor of Mississippi (2012-Present)

Gun control

Bryant (R) took a defiant stand against new federal executive order gun regulations before they were signed in January 2013, saying any such order “infringes our constitutional right to keep and bear arms” and is unconstitutional. Bryant asked the Mississippi Legislature to “immediately pass legislation that would make any unconstitutional order by the President illegal to enforce in Mississippi by state or local law enforcement.”[3]

Job creation ranking

In a June 2013 analysis by The Business Journals looking at 45 of the country's 50 governors by their job creation record, Bryant was ranked number 14. The five governors omitted from the analysis all assumed office in 2013. The ranking was based on a comparison of the annual private sector growth rate in all 50 states using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.[4][5]

Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi (2008 - 2011)

Mississippi State Auditor (1996 - 2007)

Bryant previously served as State Auditor, having been appointed to the position in November 1996 by former Governor Kirk Fordice. He was re-elected in 1999 and again in 2003, when he ran unopposed.

Mississippi House of Representatives (1990 - 1995)

Prior to becoming State Auditor, Bryant served five years as a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives, where he was the Vice Chairman of the Insurance Committee and authored the Capital Gains Tax Cut Act of 1992.

Issues

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Phil Bryant endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [6]

Elections

2011

Bryant defeated Hattiesburg mayor Johnny DuPree in the general election on November 8, 2011.

General

Governor of Mississippi, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPhil Bryant 61% 544,851
     Democratic Johnny DuPree 39% 348,617
Total Votes 893,468


Primary

Gubernatorial Republican Primary election
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party James Broadwater 1.2%
     Republican Party ApprovedaPhil Bryant 59.5%
     Republican Party Dave Dennis 25.7%
     Republican Party Hudson Holliday 4.7%
     Republican Party Ron Williams 8.8%
Total Votes 289,788


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Bryant is available dating back to 1999. Based on available campaign finance records, Bryant raised a total of $10,909,181 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 8, 2013.[7]

Phil Bryant's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2011 Governor of Mississippi Won $6,412,216
2009 Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi Not up for election $896,976
2007 Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi Won $2,953,019
2005 Mississippi Auditor Not up for election $233,424
2003 Mississippi Auditor Won $192,906
1999 Mississippi Auditor Won $220,640
Grand Total Raised $10,909,181

2011

Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Phil Bryant's donors each year.[8] Click [show] for more information.


Personal

Bryant and his wife, Deborah, have two children and are active members of St. Marks United Methodist Church.

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See also

External links

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  • Profile at Republican Governors Association
  • Profile at Southern Governors Association

References

Political offices
Preceded by
Haley Barbour (R)
Governor of Mississippi
2012 - present
Succeeded by
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