Charlie Ross (state senator)
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|Member of the Mississippi Senate
from the 20th district
|Member of the Mississippi House of Representatives
from the 59th district
March 6, 1956
|Children||Andy, David, Steve|
|Alma mater||United States Air Force Academy (1978)
Harvard Law School (1988).
|Service/branch||Mississippi Air National Guard|
|Battles/wars||Operation Desert Storm|
Charlie Ross is an American politician and attorney who lives in Brandon, Mississippi. He served as Senator from District 20 in the Mississippi Senate until 2007. District 20 comprises parts of Madison and Rankin Counties. Ross was first elected to the Senate in 1997 after serving as the representative from District 59 in the Mississippi House of Representatives. Prior to his legislative service, he served as the Chairman of the Rankin County Republican Executive Committee. In 2008, Ross ran for Congress in Mississippi's 3rd congressional district, but was defeated in the primary by Rankin County Republican Chairman Gregg Harper.
Education and military service
Ross grew up and attended high school in Eupora, Webster County, Mississippi. Ross is a 1978 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, with a B.S. in economics. After the Academy, he served on active duty as a fighter interceptor pilot. In 1991, he was activated and served as a C-141 pilot during Operation Desert Storm with the Mississippi Air National Guard. In 2007 the National Guard Association awarded Ross the Charles Dick Award.
In 1988 Charlie obtained his J.D., with honors, from Harvard Law School. Ross maintains a full law practice, concentrating on civil litigation. He is a shareholder in the Jackson law firm of Wise Carter Child and Caraway. He is admitted to practice before all Mississippi courts, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mississippi State Senate
In the Mississippi Senate, Ross served as Chairman of the Judiciary A Committee, which handles a wide variety of legislative issues including civil justice matters. He also served on the Constitution, Elections, Environmental Protection, Executive Contingent Fund, Finance, Insurance, and the Veteran and Military Affairs committees.
In 2004, as Chairman of the Judiciary A Committee, Ross drafted the Comprehensive Tort Reform bill and was the leader in the Senate in the successful fight to pass the bill. Senator Merle Flowers (R-DeSoto) said, "Senator Charlie Ross’ leadership and knowledge of our civil justice system was crucial in the tort reform fight. Charlie knew what needed to be done, and he knew how to do it. Mississippi is fortunate to have a leader of his character and ability in the Senate."
The American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) presented Ross with the Civil Justice Achievement Award. Ross also served as the Public Sector Chairman of the Civil Justice Task Force of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a national organization of state legislators and private sector members. In 2007, ALEC recognized Ross's legislative accomplishments by naming him Legislator of the Year. In 2007, the U.S. Chamber awarded Ross its Legislative Achievement Award.
Ross and his family live in Rankin County. He and his family are members of Lakeside Presbyterian Church, where he serves as a Sunday school teacher. Ross and his wife, Sharon, have three sons: Andy, David, and Steven.
- CharlieRoss.com - Campaign Website
- Winning the Tort War in Mississippi: Keys for Success in other States [PDF]