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MSGOP Chairman Lucien Smith

Lucien Smith serves as the 12th Chairman of the Mississippi Republican Party, following his unanimous election by the State Executive Committee in October 2017. An attorney in private practice, Lucien began his legal career as a law clerk to Judge Rhesa Hawkins Barksdale of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Until January 2016, Lucien served as Chief of Staff to Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, a role in which he was the governor’s chief advisor on public policy, communications, and legislative strategy, and oversaw the operation of agencies under the governor’s purview. He managed the development and passage of Governor Bryant’s first-term policy initiatives, including the landmark 2013 Education Works reform package, which dramatically expanded charter schools in Mississippi and created the Third Grade Reading Gate. These reforms earned Mississippi the 2016 Frank Newman Award for State Innovation from the Education Commission of the States. Lucien previously served as legal counsel and budget advisor to Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour. In this role, he helped lead the governor’s budget team as Mississippi dealt with the effects of the Great Recession. Additionally, he served as the governor’s lead in-house counsel in Mississippi’s successful constitutional challenge to Obamacare. A Jackson native with deep roots in Oktibbeha and Clay Counties, Lucien is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Virginia School of Law. He and his wife, Bethany, are active members of the Cathedral Parish of Saint Andrews. They are the proud parents of a son, Liam and daughter, McEwen.

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 Lafayette
1 Jeremy Martin Lee
1 Ellen Jernigan DeSoto
1 Geneise Hitt Calhoun
1 June Geddie Lee
1 Kim Remak DeSoto
1 DuJuana Thompson Alcorn
1 Giles Ward Winston
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 Quinton Dickerson Madison
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 Veronica Naylor Madison
3 John Taylor Madison
3 Joe Nosef Madison
3 John Roberts Lincoln
4 Ashley Skellie Harrison
4 Sherri Bevis Hancock
4 Cheryl Cranford Lamar
4 Sue Bush Forrest
4 Kay Patterson Marion
4 Joe Cloyd Jackson
4 Jack Armstrong Jones
4 Wayne Tisdale Harrison
4 John Parker Jones
4 Brandon Payne Harrison
4 Vivian Dailey Jackson
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
Dane Maxwell Public Service Commisioner - Southern District
Paul Breazeale Treasurer
Tate Reeves Governor
Mike Chaney Insurance Commissioner
Keri Abernathy Mississippi Federation of Republican Women
David McRae State Treasurer
Andy Gipson Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce
John Green Finance Chairman
Philip Gunn Speaker of the House
John Caldwell Transportation Commissioner
Michael Guest U.S. Congressman
Arnie Hederman Former Chairman
James Herring Former Chairman
Michael Watson Secretary of State
Cindy Hyde-Smith U.S. Senator
Ellen Jernigan United Republican Fund Chairman
Trent Kelly U.S. Congressman
Tom King Transportation Commissioner
Jeanne Luckey National Committeewoman
Fletcher Freeman Mississippi Federation of College Republicans
Joe Nosef Former Chairman
Steven Palazzo U.S. Congressman
Charles Pickering Former Chairman
Billy Powell Former Chairman
Clarke Reed Former Chairman
Delbert Hosemann Lieutenant Governor
Mike Retzer Former Chairman
Greg Snowden Republican Elected Officials Chairman
Ebbie Spivey Former Chairman
Brent Bailey Public Service Commissioner - Central District
Mike Wallace General Counsel
Brad White Former Chairman
Shad White State Auditor
Roger Wicker U.S. Senator
Wirt Yerger, Jr. Chairman Emeritus
Lynn Fitch Attorney General

County Chairmen

County Name
Adams Paul Brown
Alcorn Charles Seago
Amite Joe Kelly
Attalla Scott Wiggers
Bolivar Hilda Povall
Calhoun Miles Jeffrey
Carroll Ben Shute
Chickasaw Tommy Futral
Choctaw Shannon Crow
Clarke Judy Roberts
Chandler Mitts
Coahoma Nat McMullen
Copiah Cherron Carr
Covington Janice Kervin
DeSoto Shannon Bibbee
Forrest Larry DeLeon
Franklin Harold Leonard
George Jeff Howell
Greene Girard Bolton
Grenada Dolly Marascalco
Hancock Nell Frisbie
Harrison Frank Genzer
Hinds Pete Perry
Holmes Bruce Edwards
Humphreys Stephen Harris
Itawamba Phillip Izard
Jackson Vivian Dailey
Jasper Keith Blakeney
Jefferson Davis James Dumas
Jones John Parker
Kemper Cheryl Sparkman
Lafayette Brad Mayo
Lamar Cheryl Cranford
Lauderdale Tyler Norman
Lawrence Dave Nichols
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 Shirley Berg
Newton Ronnie Westbrook
Noxubee Mary Allsup
Oktibbeha Marnita Henderson
Panola Charles Nix
Pearl River Mike Tyson
Perry Keith Evans
Pike Bobby McDaniel
Pontotoc Faye Dillard
Prentiss June Hutcheson
Quitman Clay Vance
Rankin Dana Stringer
Scott Vance Cox
Simpson Chris Purdum
Smith Josh Bowen
Stone Russell Hatten
Sunflower Gene Hill
Tallahatchie Betty Murphey
Tate Pat Nozinich
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 Chad Winter
Wilkinson Alex Ventress
Winston Mark Forsman
Yalobusha James Person
Yazoo Thomas Wetzell



Marcy Scoggins — Executive Director –  marcy@msgop.org

Nicole Webb — Communications Director – nicolew@msgop.org




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