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Tyrone Ellis

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Tyrone Ellis
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Mississippi House of Representatives, District 38
In office
1980 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2016
Years in position 35
Base salary$10,000/year
Per diem$109/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First electedNovember 6, 1979
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Date of birthJuly 31, 1946
ProfessionReal estate developer, pastor
Office website
Tyrone Ellis (b. July 31, 1946) is the Democratic Minority Leader of the Mississippi House of Representatives, representing District 38. He was first elected to the chamber in 1979.


Ellis attended East Mississippi Community College, Illinois Institute of Technology, Ministerial Institute & College, and the New Orleans Theological Seminary. His professional experience includes working as a consultant, businessman, owner of a Christian bookstore, real estate developer, and Pastor at Running Water Baptist Church.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2012
Apportionment and Elections
Interstate Cooperation
Public Property
Ways and Means


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

Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2011
Public Utilities, Chair
Select Cmte on Utility Cost Recovery, Chair
Executive Contingent Fund
Interstate Cooperation
Judiciary A
Judiciary En Banc
Oil, Gas and Other Minerals
Ways and Means


Race for Speaker

Following House Speaker William McCoy's (D) decision not to run for re-election in 2011, lawmakers poised themselves to run for the position. According to reports, Ellis was considered a possible candidate for the speakership. A possible frontrunner was Jeffrey Smith (R) who narrowly lost the 2008 speaker election by a single vote. Lawmakers eventually elected Philip Gunn (R) at the start of the 2012 session.[2][3]

Election history


See also: Mississippi House of Representatives elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Ellis won re-election to District 38 of the Mississippi House of Representatives. He ran unopposed in the August 2 primary and was unchallenged the November 8 general election. [4]


See also: Mississippi House of Representatives elections, 2007

On November 6, 2007 Ellis was re-elected in District 38. He ran unopposed.[5]

Mississippi House of Representatives, District 38 (2007)
Candidates Votes Percent
Tyrone Ellis (D) 5,281 100.0%

Campaign donors


In 2011, Ellis received $24,550 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[6]

Mississippi House of Representatives 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Tyrone Ellis's campaign in 2011
Dye, Spence$1,000
Centene Corp$1,000
Mississippi Optometric Association$1,000
General Electric$1,000
Total Raised in 2011 $24,550
Total Votes received in 2011 5,667
Cost of each vote received $4.33


In 2007, Ellis collected $31,274 in donations.[7]

Listed below are the five largest contributors to his campaign.

Donor Amount
AT&T $3,500
Mississippi Rural Electric Cooperatives $2,250
Motorola $2,000
Comcast $2,000
Entergy $2,000


Ellis is married with two children. He has been Vice Moderator of the 1st James Creek District Association, and a member of the Christian Booksellers Association, Greater Starkville-Oktibbeha County Partnership, Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors, Masons, Mississippi Arts for the Handicapped, Moor High Booster Club, and the Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus.[1]

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