Delbert Hosemann

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Delbert Hosemann
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Lieutenant Governor-elect of Mississippi
Assuming office
January 14, 2020
GovernorTate Reeves (elect)
SucceedingTate Reeves
Secretary of State of Mississippi
Assumed office
January 10, 2008
GovernorHaley Barbour
Phil Bryant
Preceded byEric Clark
Succeeded byMichael Watson (elect)
Personal details
Born
Charles Delbert Hosemann Jr.

(1947-06-30) June 30, 1947 (age 72)
Vicksburg, Mississippi, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationUniversity of Notre Dame (BA)
University of Mississippi (JD)
New York University (LLM)

Charles Delbert Hosemann Jr. (born June 30, 1947) is the incumbent secretary of state of Mississippi, serving since 2008, and the lieutenant governor-elect of Mississippi.

Early life[edit]

Hosemann was born in Vicksburg in western Mississippi. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1969 from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. In 1972, he earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi School of Law in Oxford, Mississippi. In 1973, he obtained specialization in Taxation at New York University. Hosemann currently lives in the capital city of Jackson, where he is a partner with Phelps Dunbar LLP.[1]

Secretary of State[edit]

In the general election on November 6, 2007, Hosemann defeated the Democrat Robert Smith in the race for Secretary of State.[2] In the Republican primary election on August 7, 2007, Hosemann received 54 percent of the vote, defeating former mayor of Columbus Jeffrey Rupp and State Representative Mike Lott of Petal. He took office in January 2008, succeeding Democrat Eric Clark. During the campaign, he took advantage of his unusual name in order to gain name recognition. A series of commercials showed an elderly woman talking about the good things he would do as Secretary of State, meanwhile forgetting his name as he tried to correct her. She typically used similar names such as Gilbert, Albert, Philbert, Dilbert, and Herbert. Since then, various public service messages, such as a reminder to go vote during election season, have included this format, the woman talking about the importance of voting, then mispronouncing Hosemann's name, then Hosemann correcting her and continuing the reminder.

Political involvement[edit]

Hosemann was a candidate for election to the Mississippi's 4th congressional district in 1998.

After the resignation of Senator Thad Cochran in March 2018, it was speculated that Governor Bryant would name Hosemann as Cochran's successor[3], but eventually Bryant appointed Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Cindy Hyde-Smith instead.

In 2018, at the Neshoba County Fair, Hosemann announced he would not seek re-election for Secretary of State in 2019.

In 2019, Hosemann announced his candidacy for Lt. Governor.

Personal life[edit]

Hosemann is married to Lynn L. Hosemann, and together they have three children.[4]

Electoral history[edit]

Mississippi Secretary of State Republican Primary Election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Delbert Hosemann, Jr. 102,093 53.8
Republican Mike Lott 61,697 32.5
Republican Jeffrey Rupp 17,838 9.4
Republican Gene Sills 8,128 4.3
Mississippi Secretary of State Election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Delbert Hosemann, Jr. 425,228 58.24
Democratic Robert "Rob" Smith 304,918 41.76
Mississippi Secretary of State Republican Primary Election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Delbert Hosemann, Jr. 231,077 83.36
Republican Ricky Dombrowski 46,114 16.64
Mississippi Secretary of State Election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Delbert Hosemann, Jr. 719,734 100.00
Mississippi Secretary of State Election, 2015
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Delbert Hosemann, Jr. 436,313 61.38
Democratic Charles Graham 253,307 35.64
Reform Randy Walker 21,165 2.98

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Phelps Dunbar LLP: Attorney Profile". Archived from the original on May 16, 2008. Retrieved November 8, 2007.
  2. ^ Hosemann ready to get to work | clarionledger.com | The Clarion-Ledger
  3. ^ "Sen. Thad Cochran is resigning — opening up another Republican seat this November". Vox. March 5, 2018. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  4. ^ Delbert Hosemann | clarionledger.com | The Clarion-Ledger
Political offices
Preceded by
Eric Clark
Secretary of State of Mississippi
2008–present
Succeeded by
Michael Watson
Elect
Preceded by
Tate Reeves
Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi
Taking office 2020
Elect