Delbert Hosemann

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Delbert Hosemann
Secretary of State of Mississippi
Assumed office
January 10, 2008
Governor Haley Barbour
Phil Bryant
Preceded by Eric Clark
Personal details
Born (1947-06-30) June 30, 1947 (age 68)
Vicksburg, Mississippi, U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater University of Notre Dame
University of Mississippi,

New York University

Delbert Hosemann, Jr. (born June 30, 1947), is the Republican Secretary of State of Mississippi.

Early life[edit]

Hosemann was born in Vicksburg in western Mississippi. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1969 from Notre Dame University 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. Hosemann has also registered as Democrat early in his political life before switching to the GOP.

Personal life[edit]

Hosemann is married to Lynn L. Hosemann, and together they have three children.[3]

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