Phil Bryant

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Phil Bryant
Governor Phil Bryant.jpg
63rd Governor of Mississippi
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 10, 2012
Lieutenant Tate Reeves
Preceded by Haley Barbour
31st Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi
In office
January 10, 2008 – January 10, 2012
Governor Haley Barbour
Preceded by Amy Tuck
Succeeded by Tate Reeves
40th State Auditor of Mississippi
In office
November 1996 – January 10, 2008
Governor Kirk Fordice
Ronnie Musgrove
Haley Barbour
Preceded by Steven A. Patterson
Succeeded by Stacey E. Pickering
Personal details
Born Dewey Phillip Bryant
(1954-12-09) December 9, 1954 (age 60)[1]
Moorhead, Mississippi, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Deborah Hays
Residence Governor's Mansion (while in office)
Brandon, Mississippi (personal)
Alma mater Hinds Community College
University of Southern Mississippi
Mississippi College
Religion United Methodist

Dewey Phillip "Phil" Bryant (born December 9, 1954) is an American politician and member of the Republican Party from Mississippi. Bryant is the 63rd and current Governor of Mississippi, having defeated Democratic nominee Johnny DuPree in the 2011 gubernatorial election. He previously served as the 31st Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi from 2008 to 2012 and the 40th State Auditor of Mississippi from 1996 to 2008.

Early life, education, and early career[edit]

Born in Moorhead, Mississippi, Bryant was raised in Sunflower County, Mississippi in the Delta region, the son of Dewey C. and Estelle R. Bryant.[2] His father was a diesel mechanic.[3] Bryant's family moved to Jackson where Dewey C. Bryant worked for Jackson Mack Sales[4] and later Dewey Phil Bryant also worked at this business as Service Manager.[5] The year he was elected to the legislature he employed himself as an insurance investigator.[6] Bryant holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Southern Mississippi following attendance at Hinds Community College. He earned a master's degree at Mississippi College, where he currently (while also serving as Governor) is a professor teaching Mississippi political history.[7]

Early political career[edit]

Elected in 1990, Bryant served five years as a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives. He was the Vice Chairman of the Insurance Committee. He sponsored the Capital Gains Tax Cut Act of 1992. In 1996, he was appointed to be State Auditor by Republican Governor Kirk Fordice. Bryant was elected to a full term as State Auditor in November 1999 and re-elected in 2003.

Phil Bryant (picture taken in 2008)

In 2007, he was elected Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi, defeating the Democratic Party candidate, State Representative Jamie Franks.

Governor of Mississippi[edit]

2011 election[edit]

Bryant won the Republican primary in the gubernatorial election in 2011. He defeated Democratic nominee Johnny DuPree on November 8.[8]

Tenure[edit]

On January 10, 2012, Bryant was sworn in as the 63rd Governor of Mississippi. Former Republican State Chairman Jim Herring, a lawyer from Canton, headed the transition team.[9] Once inaugurated, Bryant signed into law a bill requiring doctors at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at local hospitals in an attempt to "end abortion in Mississippi". The state has a single abortion clinic, served only by out-of-state doctors who lack in-state admitting privileges.[10]

Personal life[edit]

He and his wife, Deborah, have two children (Katie and Patrick).[11] They are members of the United Methodist Church.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Who's Who In America-2009 (63 ed.). Marquis Who's Who. 2008. 
  2. ^ 1976 Jackson City Directory
  3. ^ About Phil
  4. ^ 1971 Jackson City Directory
  5. ^ 1990 Jackson Suburban Directory
  6. ^ 1991 Jackson Suburban Directory
  7. ^ Lt. Gov. Bryant to teach part-time at MC
  8. ^ http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=2126
  9. ^ "James H. Herring". hlclawfirm.com. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  10. ^ Time Magazine, January 14, 2013, p. 43,http://www.time.com/time/subscriber/article/0,33009,2132761,00.html
  11. ^ a b "Phil Bryant". Friends of Phil Bryant. Retrieved June 19, 2009. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Steven A. Patterson
Auditor of Mississippi
1996–2008
Succeeded by
Stacey E. Pickering
Preceded by
Amy Tuck
Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi
2008–2012
Succeeded by
Tate Reeves
Preceded by
Haley Barbour
Governor of Mississippi
2012–present
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Haley Barbour
Republican nominee for Governor of Mississippi
2011
Most recent
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Joe Biden
as Vice President
Order of Precedence of the United States
Within Mississippi
Succeeded by
Mayor of city
in which event is held
Succeeded by
Otherwise John Boehner
as Speaker of the House of Representatives
Preceded by
Mike Pence
as Governor of Indiana
Order of Precedence of the United States
Outside Mississippi
Succeeded by
Pat Quinn
as Governor of Illinois