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MSGOP Chairman Joe Nosef

Joe Nosef grew up in Clarksdale, Mississippi, where he graduated from Lee Academy in 1987. He attended the University of Mississippi, earning both undergraduate and master’s degrees in Accounting. He later graduated from the University Mississippi School of Law and also obtained an LL.M. degree in taxation from the University of Florida at Gainesville.

Joe has practiced law in the Jackson area for nearly twenty years. During this time, he has served on boards of various charitable organizations in the metro area, including The Salvation Army, the Metro Jackson YMCA, Young Business Leaders of Jackson (an interdenominational businessmen’s Christian ministry), Jackson Young Lawyers Association, SafeCity Initiative, Ballet Mississippi and the Hinds County Economic Development District Board of Trustees. He was also a member of the board of directors of the Marsha Barbour Community Center built and located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast after Katrina. Joe graduated from the Mississippi Economic Council’s Leadership Mississippi program in 1999 and was recognized in 2001 by the Mississippi Business Journal as one of the “Top 40 Under 40” businessmen in Mississippi. Joe was a member of the Commission for a New Mississippi, having been appointed in early 2009 by then Lieutenant Governor Phil Bryant. He was a reader member of The Clarion-Ledger editorial board where he authored a guest column several times a year.

Upon his inauguration in January of 2004, Governor Haley Barbour appointed Joe to serve as his Chief Counsel where he served until November 2006, when Governor Barbour named him Campaign Manager for his re-election campaign. After Governor Barbour’s successful re-election, Joe served as Chief of Staff for then Lieutenant Governor Phil Bryant during 2008. In 2011, Joe served as Chairman of the successful Phil Bryant Campaign for Governor, and then was named Executive Director of the Phil Bryant Gubernatorial Transition.

In January of 2012, the Mississippi Republican Party State Executive Committee unanimously elected Joe to serve as Chairman of the Mississippi Republican Party, and he then was reelected for a full term at the MSGOP State Convention in May of 2012 and again in May of 2016. In January of 2017, Joe was unanimously elected to lead the Southern Region of the Republican National Committee (RNC) serving as one of eight Vice-Chairmen of the RNC.

During his time serving as chairman, Joe has been named one of the Top 50 Most Influential People in the state of Mississippi, and has also been a frequent guest on several national political television programs including: CNN’s Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien, MSNBC’s Live with Thomas Roberts, Fox Business’ Cavuto with Neil Cavuto, MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown and Meet the Press Daily with Chuck Todd, Bloomberg and MSNBC’s With All Due Respect with Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, as well as MSNBC’s Morning Joe with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.

Joe currently practices law at Watkins & Eager PLLC in Jackson, concentrating his law practice in the areas of public finance, corporations, tax, and estate planning and administration.

Joe and his wife Amy are the proud parents of two girls, Rebecca who attends The University of Mississippi, and Lindsey who attends Jackson Academy. Joe and his family attend St. Richard Catholic Church in Jackson.

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State Executive Committee

The State Executive Committee shall consist of thirteen members from each Congressional District to be chosen by the Delegates from the different Congressional Districts, each District acting separately, and shall hold office for a term of not more than four years.

District Name County
1 Beth Hamilton Union
1 Chris Brown Monroe
1 Keith Heard Lowndes
1 John Caldwell DeSoto
1 Donna Ruth Roberts Oxford
1 Jeremy Martin Lee
1 Ellen Jernigan DeSoto
1 Clayton Stanley Alcorn
1 Geneise Hitt Calhoun
1 June Geddie Lee
1 Kim Remak DeSoto
1 Giles Ward Winston
1 Heather Fox Desoto
2 Henry Barbour Yazoo
2 James Herring Madison
2 Lydia Chassaniol Montgomery
2 Tim Timbs Sunflower
2 Webster Franklin Tunica
2 John Dean, Jr. Washington
2 Alex Monsour Warren
2 Eric Beidenharm Warren
2 Betty Coleman Washington
2 Liles Williams Hinds
2 J.R. Jones Hinds
2 Barbara Rooks Jackson Hinds
2 Nat McMullen Coahoma
3 Joe Nosef Hinds
3 Lucien Smith Hinds
3 James (Pete) Perry Hinds
3 Jim Armstrong Scott
3 Franc Lee Rankin
3 Gary Harkins Rankin
3 Marnita Henderson Oktibbeha
3 Greg Snowden Lauderdale
3 Dana Stringer Rankin
3 Quinton Dickerson Madison
3 John Taylor Madison
3 Veronica Naylor Madison
3 John Roberts Lincoln
4 Ashley Skellie Harrison
4 Sherri Bevis Hancock
4 Cheryl Cranford Forrest
4 Sue Bush Forrest
4 Kay Patterson Marion
4 Joe Cloyd Harrison
4 Jack Armstrong Jones
4 Wayne Tisdale Hancock
4 John Parker Jones
4 Brandon Payne Harrison
4 Vivian Dailey Jackson
4 Anne Wood Forrest
4 Stacey Wilkes Pearl River

State Central Committee

The State Central Committee of the Party shall be composed of the members of the State Executive Committee, the National Committeeman, the National Committeewoman, the State Finance Chairman, the General Counsel, any former State Party Chairman, the Chairman of the Mississippi Young Republican Federation, the President of the Mississippi Federation of Republican Women, the President of the Mississippi Republican Elected Officials Association, the Chairman of the Mississippi Federation of College Republicans, the Treasurer, the Chairman of the Capital Foundation, the Chairman of the United Republican Fund, the Chairman of the Teen Age Republicans; and all Republicans elected to statewide office, the Mississippi Transportation Commission, the Mississippi Public Service Commission, the United States Senate, and the United States House of Representatives; as well as the Republican Speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives.

Name Title
Henry Barbour National Committeeman
Sam Britton Public Service Commisioner
Phil Bryant Governor
Mike Chaney Insurance Commissioner
Thad Cochran U.S. Senator
Lynn Fitch State Treasurer
Hunter Foster Mississippi Federation of College Republicans Chairman
John Green Finance Chairman
Philip Gunn Speaker of the House
Dick Hall Transportation Commissioner
Gregg Harper U.S. Congressman
Arnie Hederman Former Chairman
James Herring Former Chairman
Delbert Hosemann Secretary of State
Paul Hurst Capitol Foundation Chairman
Ellen Jernigan United Republican Fund Chairman
Trent Kelly U.S. Congressman
Tom King Transportation Commissioner
Jeanne Luckey National Committeewoman
Steven Palazzo U.S. Congressman
Charles Pickering Former Chairman
Stacey Pickering State Auditor
Billy Powell Former Chairman
Clarke Reed Former Chairman
Tate Reeves Lieutenant Governor
Mike Retzer Former Chairman
Lucien Smith MSGOP Treasurer
Cindy Hyde-Smith Commissioner of Agriculture & Commerce
Greg Snowden Republican Elected Officials Chairman
Ebbie Spivey Former Chairman
Dana Stringer Mississippi Federation of Republican Women
Mike Tagert Transportation Commissioner
Mike Wallace General Counsel
Brad White Former Chairman
Roger Wicker U.S. Senator
Wirt Yerger, Jr. Chairman Emeritus

County Chairmen

County Name
Adams Wayne Woodall
Alcorn Charles Seago
Amite Joe Kelly
Attalla Scott Wiggers
Benton Austin Thompson
Bolivar Hilda Povall
Calhoun Miles Jeffrey
Carroll Ben Shute
Chickasaw Thomas Futral
Choctaw Trey Bowman
Clarke Edward Kramer
Clay Chad Scott
Coahoma Nat McMullen
Covington Janice Kervin
DeSoto John Caldwell
Forrest Don Hinton
Franklin Harold Leonard
George Sherwin Ray
Greene Girard Bolton
Grenada Dolly Marascalco
Hancock Mark Carter
Harrison Frank Genzer
Hinds Pete Perry
Holmes Bruce Hill
Itawamba Phillip Izard
Jackson Heath Hillman
Jasper Keith Blakeney
Jefferson Davis James Dumas
Jones John Parker
Kemper Cheryl Sparkman
Lafayette Brad Mayo
Lamar Cheryl Cranford
Lauderdale Tyler Norman
Lawrence David Penny
Leake Billy Boyd
Lee June Geddie
Leflore Michael Haddon
Lincoln John Roberts
Lowndes Chrissy Heard
Madison John Taylor
Marion Kay Patterson
Marshall Kevin Cavender
Monroe Connie Long
Montgomery Matthew Bennett
Neshoba Perry McCall
Newton Ronnie Westbrook
Noxubee Mary Allsup
Oktibbeha Marnita Henderson
Panola Charles Nix
Pearl River Betty Holland
Perry Scott Conway
Pike Bobby McDaniel
Pontotoc Faye Dillard
Prentiss June Hutcheson
Quitman Clay Vance
Rankin Troy Odom
Scott Vance Cox
Simpson Allen Floyd
Smith Max Phillips
Stone Steven Weller
Sunflower Gene Hill
Tallahatchie Betty Murphey
Tate David Welch
Tippah Ralph Skinner
Tishomingo Jerry Don Keith
Tunica Webster Franklin
Union Clay Hardy
Walthall Robert J. O'Donohue
Warren Eric Beidenharm
Washington Edwin Nordon
Wayne Kolby Busby
Webster Christopher Hodges
Wilkinson Alex Ventress
Winston Leslie Charlton
Yalobusha James Person
Yazoo Hayes Dent



Marcy Scoggins
Executive Director

Jennifer Dunagin
Communications Director

Aimee Garner
Finance Director

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