Eddie Briggs

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Eddie Jerome Briggs
28th Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi
In office
January 14, 1992 – January 16, 1996
Governor Kirk Fordice
Preceded by Brad Dye
Succeeded by Ronnie Musgrove
Member of the Mississippi Senate
Personal details
Born (1949-10-14) October 14, 1949 (age 67)
Political party Republican
Residence Madison, Madison County, Mississippi, USA
Profession Attorney

Eddie Jerome Briggs (born October 14, 1949) is a United States politician formerly from De Kalb in Kemper County in eastern Mississippi. Formerly a member of the Mississippi State Senate, Briggs served as the 28th Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi, holding that from 1992 to 1996 under Republican Governor Kirk Fordice. Fordice was the first Republican to have served as governor of Mississippi since Reconstruction, and Briggs is the first Republican to have held the office of Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi since Reconstruction.[1] Before that he served in Mississippi Senate.

Promising a "fresh new face", Briggs defeated 12-year Democratic incumbent Brad Dye in the 1991 general election, 49.5 to 41.5 percent.[2] Former state senator Henry Kirksey, an Independent, claimed 9.0 percent.[3] Briggs ran for second term as lieutenant governor in 1995, but lost to a future governor, Ronnie Musgrove, a Democrat.[4]

Briggs ran for governor in 1999, but lost to Congressman Mike Parker in a crowded GOP primary.[5] Parker was then defeated by Musgrove.

Briggs is currently an attorney in practice in Madison in central Mississippi.


Political offices
Preceded by
Brad Dye
Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi
Succeeded by
Ronnie Musgrove