Philip Gunn

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Philip Gunn
Speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives
Assumed office
January 3, 2012
Preceded by William McCoy
Member of the Mississippi House of Representatives
from the 56th district
Assumed office
January 2004
Preceded by Jep Barbour
Personal details
Born (1963-01-27) January 27, 1963 (age 51)
Clinton, Mississippi, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Lisa Gunn
Children 4
Alma mater Baylor University
University of Mississippi, Oxford
Religion Baptist
Website Official website

Philip A. Gunn (born January 27, 1963) is an American politician from the state of Mississippi. A member of the Republican Party, Gunn is the Speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives, and represents the 56th district. He has served in the Mississippi House since 2004, and became Speaker in 2012. Gunn is the first Republican to serve as Speaker of the Mississippi House since 1876.


Gunn graduated from high school in Clinton, Mississippi. He attended Baylor University, where he was a walk-on for the Baylor Bears football team. He graduated from Baylor with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1985. Gunn worked as a waiter for a year, and then attended the University of Mississippi School of Law, where he graduated with a juris doctor. He served as president of the student government while attending law school.[1]

Gunn was encouraged to run for election to the Mississippi House of Representatives in 2003, due to redistricting that hurt Clinton. He faced incumbent fellow Republican Jep Barbour, the nephew of Haley Barbour.[1] Gunn lost the primary election by 17 votes, but found an error in how the districts were drawn, disenfranchising voters.[2] A re-vote was scheduled,[3] and Gunn won by 155 votes. Barbour appealed the re-vote to the Mississippi Supreme Court, which ruled in Gunn's favor in April 2004.[4]

The Republicans became the majority of the Mississippi House following the 2011 elections, and Gunn was chosen to be their candidate for Speaker by the Republican delegation; he won the position with no opposing votes when the whole House convened on January 3, 2012.[5][6] Gunn became the first Republican Speaker of the Mississippi House since Isaac Shadd, who served as Speaker from 1874 through 1876.[5][6]


Gunn met his wife, Lisa (née Watkins), while he attended Baylor. The couple have four children. Gunn serves as an Elder in his Baptist church.[1]

Gunn's sister and parents were killed in a motor vehicle accident caused by a drunk driver.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "2012-13 Baylor University Meritorious Achievement Awards // Pro Texana Medal of service: Philip Gunn, BBA '85". Baylor Magazine. October 3, 2012. Retrieved October 17, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Gunn Says Some House District 56 Voters Disenfranchised - - Jackson, MS". October 12, 2013. Retrieved October 17, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Voters to Decide Barbour-Gunn Battle - - Jackson, MS". October 12, 2013. Retrieved October 17, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Miss. justices favor map in vote dispute". The Advocate (Baton Rouge, Louisiana). April 10, 2004. Retrieved October 17, 2013.  (subscription required)
  5. ^ a b Amy, Jeff (November 15, 2011). "Republican representatives to support Gunn's bid for speaker - The Dispatch". Retrieved October 17, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Emily Wagster Pettus (January 3, 2012). "Brown chosen as No. 2 in Senate". The Dispatch. Retrieved October 17, 2013. 

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