William Gardner Hewes

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Billy Hewes
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Mayor of Gulfport, Mississippi
Assumed office
July 2013
Preceded by George Scholegel
President pro tempore of the
Mississippi Senate
In office
January 2008 – January 2012
Preceded by Travis Little
Succeeded by Terry C. Burton
Member of the Mississippi Senate
from the 49th district
In office
January 1992 – January 2012
Succeeded by Sean Tindell
Personal details
Born (1961-10-27) October 27, 1961 (age 55)
New Iberia, Louisiana, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Paula Hewes
Residence Gulfport, Mississippi
Alma mater University of Southern Mississippi
Occupation State legislator; Insurance agent; Real estate broker

William Gardner "Billy" Hewes III is a Republican politician. He is the mayor of Gulfport,[1] Mississippi and the former President pro tempore of the Mississippi State Senate. He was born in New Iberia, Louisiana and currently lives in Gulfport, Mississippi.

Education and personal life[edit]

Billy Hewes, Republican, currently serves as Mayor of Gulfport, Mississippi, the state's second largest city, having won office in the 2013 City of Gulfport General Election, in which he ran unopposed.[2]

Hewes is a direct descendant of the first mayor of Gulfport. In addition, Billy's grandfather served as a chancery judge for many years, and his father served on the Gulfport City Council. Following a generational example of political interests and activism, his family has participated in a long history of civic involvement.

Elected to public service in 1992, Billy represented the interests of Republican voters in South Mississippi in the Mississippi Senate for 20 years, serving as President Pro Tempore in his last term. Among other roles, he has served as national chairman of the American Legislative Exchange Council and as chairman of the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission. In addition, Billy served as chairman of the Senate Ports and Marine Resources Committee and Highways and Transportation Committee, and was also the founding chairman of the Mississippi National Guard Legislative Caucus.

Hewes was named Mississippi Association of Realtors Legislator of the Year by the Mississippi Association of Realtors, a private trade association that provides business benefits to its members including "education, communication, and lobbying for business-friendly legislation."[3]

He is an outdoors enthusiast and amateur musician, serving on the Mississippi Blues Commission.[4]

Hewes is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi. He is the owner of Billy Hewes Insurance Agency and is a Broker-Associate with Billy Hewes Real Estate. He has been the recipient of the Nationwide Insurance Company's District Community Service Award five times, and is a member of the Gulf Coast Board of Realtors and Gulf Coast Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.

A graduate of Leadership Mississippi and Leadership Gulf Coast, Hewes is a member of the Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, Gulfport Rotary Club and is a past president of the Gulfport Jaycees.

Mississippi State Senate[edit]

Senator Hewes represented District 49, Harrison County, Mississippi. He served that district from his election in 1992 until 2012. He serveed as president pro tempore of the Mississippi State Senate from 2008 until 2012. He was the chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, and served on the Business and Financial Institutions; Compilation, Revision and Publication; Elections; Environment Protection, Conservation and Water Res; Ethics; Finance; Highways and Transportation; Housing; Insurance; Legislative Budget; Municipalities; Ports and Marine Resources; and Public Health and Welfare committees.[4] He was succeeded as president pro tempore by Terry C. Brown.[5]

2011 Lieutenant Governor race[edit]

Hewes was an unsuccessful candidate for the office of Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi, losing the Republican Primary election to Tate Reeves by a 14 point margin.[1][6][7]


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