|Governor of Mississippi|
|January 10, 2012 - Present|
|January 12, 2016|
|Years in position||2|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 8, 2011|
|First elected||November 8, 2011|
|Next general||November 2015|
|Term limits||Two terms|
|Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi|
|January 10, 2008 - January 9, 2012|
|State Auditor of Mississippi|
|1996 - 2007|
|Bachelor's||University of Southern Mississippi|
|Associate's||Hinds Community College|
|Birthday||December 9, 1954|
|Place of birth||Moorhead, Mississippi|
|Profession||Adjunct professor, author|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political career
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Personal
- 7 Recent news
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 References
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.
Bryant's first term as governor is set to expire on January 12, 2016. He is eligible for re-election in 2015, should he choose to pursue a second term in the role of Mississippi's chief executive official.
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. 
- B.A. in criminal justice, University of Southern Mississippi
- M.A. in political science, Mississippi College
Governor of Mississippi (2012-Present)
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.”
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.
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.
- See also: Mississippi gubernatorial election, 2011
Bryant defeated Hattiesburg mayor Johnny DuPree in the general election on November 8, 2011.
|Governor of Mississippi, 2011|
|Gubernatorial Republican Primary election|
|Republican Party||James Broadwater||1.2%|
|Republican Party||Phil Bryant||59.5%|
|Republican Party||Dave Dennis||25.7%|
|Republican Party||Hudson Holliday||4.7%|
|Republican Party||Ron Williams||8.8%|
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.
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. Click [show] for more information.
|Phil Bryant's Campaign Contributions|
Governor of Mississippi
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent|
|Top 5 contributors||Republican Governors Association||$575,000|
|RGA Mississippi PAC||$127,786|
|Hensley R Lee||$105,000|
|Mississippi Health Care Association||$76,000|
|James L Barksdale||$57,500|
Bryant and his wife, Deborah, have two children and are active members of St. Marks United Methodist Church.
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- New York Times, "In State Governments, Signs of a Healthier G.O.P.," April 16, 2013
- LtGovBryant.com, "About Phil," Accessed July 20, 2011
- Memphis Business Journal, "Mississippi Gov. Bryant wants state to ignore gun-control executive orders," January 17, 2013
- The Business Journals, "Governors and jobs: How governors rank for job creation in their states," June 27, 2013
- The Business Journals, "How state governors rank on their job-growth record," June 27, 2013
- CNN Political Ticker, "Mississippi governor endorses Romney," March 9, 2012
- Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Phil Bryant," accessed July 17, 2013
- Follow the Money.org
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