Governor Phil Bryant
A native of Moorhead, Mississippi, Governor Bryant began his career in government leadership in 1990 with his election to the Mississippi House of Representatives. A member of the state legislature for five years, he served as vice chairman of the insurance committee and authored the Capital Gains Tax Cut Act of 1994. Bryant was appointed state auditor by then-Governor Kirk Fordice in 1996 and won election to that post in 1999 and again in 2003. In November 2007 he was elected Mississippi's lieutenant governor, and in that role continued his work to ensure accountability in state government, initiating open-government measures and ethics reforms. He was elected Mississippi's governor in November 2011. A former deputy sheriff, Bryant earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the University of Southern Mississippi and a master's degree in political science from Mississippi College. He has served as an adjunct professor of government at Mississippi College. Bryant serves as ARC's 2018 states' co-chair.