Richard Bennett (Mississippi)

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Richard Bennett
Mississippi House of Representatives, District 120
In office
2008 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2016
Years in position 7
Base salary$10,000/year
Per diem$109/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First electedNovember 6, 2007
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Date of birthJune 25, 1957
Office website
Richard Bennett (b. June 25, 1957) is a Republican member of the Mississippi House of Representatives, representing District 120. He was first elected to the chamber in 2007.


Bennett attended the University of Southern Mississippi and Gulf Coast Junior College. Now retired, his professional experience includes working at DuPont.[1]

Committee assignments


During the 2012-2013 legislative session, Bennett served on the following committees:

Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2012
Gaming, Chair
Judiciary A
Judiciary En Banc
Local and Private Legislation
Universities and Colleges
Ways and Means


During the 2010-2011 legislative session, Bennett served on the following committees:

Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2010
Conservation and Water Resources
Ports, Harbors and Airports
Public Utilities

Election history


See also: Mississippi House of Representatives elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Bennett won re-election to District 120 of the Mississippi House of Representatives. He ran unopposed in the August 2 primary and defeated Charles Boggs in the November 8 general election.[2][3]

Mississippi House of Representatives, District 120 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Bennett Incumbent 65.2% 3,486
     Democratic Charles Boggs 34.8% 1,864
Total Votes 5,350


See also: Mississippi House of Representatives elections, 2007

On November 6, 2007, Bennett was elected in District 120, defeating Democratic challenger Ed Hatem in the general election.[4] He defeated Glenn Mitchell and Sam Holston in the primary election with 1,654 votes to 777 and 394 votes, respectively.[5]

Mississippi House of Representatives, District 120 (2007)
Candidates Votes Percent
Richard Bennett (R) 2,913 60.37%
Ed Hatem (D) 1,912 39.63%

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Bennett's reports.

Richard Bennett (2012)[6] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[7]unknown$0.00$107,654.00$(3,054.00)$104,605.00
July Quarterly[8]July 10, 2012$112,930.80$32,561.06$(145,459.77)$32.09
Running totals


In 2011, Bennett received $30,170 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[9]

Mississippi House of Representatives 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Richard Bennett (Mississippi)'s campaign in 2011
Mississippi House Republican Conference$2,000
Hancock Bank$1,000
Barksdale, James L$1,000
Southeastern La Water & Sewer$1,000
Total Raised in 2011 $30,170
Total Votes received in 2011 3,486
Cost of each vote received $8.65


In 2007, Bennett collected $43,033 in donations.[10]

Listed below are the five largest contributors to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Mississippi Republican Party $2,500
Mississippi Bankers Association $2,000
Richard Bennett Alderman Campaign $1,803
Mississippi Association of Realtors $1,500
Butler, William $1,000


Bennett has been a member of the Foreign Trade Zone, Gulf Coast Council of Governments, Hazard Mitigation Council, and Long Beach Drug Task Force.[1]

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