Known for strong integrity and sincere concern for his fellow man, Phil Bryant was elected Mississippi’s 64th Governor in November 2011 with an overwhelming 59 percent of the vote and was sworn in on January 10, 2012. He currently serves
as Mississippi’s 37th Lt. Governor after winning with 59 percent of the vote in November 2007.
The Governor earned his reputation during his term as State Auditor where he recovered more than $12 million in taxpayers’ dollars that were embezzled or improperly spent.
As Lt. Governor, Phil Bryant continued his work to ensure accountability in state government. In his first week of office, Bryant proposed webcasting of the Senate proceedings so taxpayers could see their government in action and hold their elected officials accountable. The Senate unanimously approved this innovative, open-government measure. He also led the fight to pass the most comprehensive ethics reform in nearly twenty-five years, which among other things, requires all elected officials to file their ethics reports online.
Governor Bryant has a long history of fighting for conservative beliefs, like lower taxes and traditional values. Prior to serving as State Auditor, Bryant served five years as a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives where he was Vice Chairman of the Insurance Committee and authored the Capital Gains Tax Cut Act of 1994. In fact, the last time Mississippi businesses received a reduction of their state taxes was when Phil Bryant successfully led the fight to end the capital gains tax in Mississippi based corporations. As a freshman legislator, Phil Bryant began a five-year struggle to end the marriage penalty in Mississippi’s tax code.
Bryant, the son of a diesel mechanic and a mother who stayed home with her three boys, learned early the values of hard work and the importance of education.
The Moorhead native and former deputy sheriff earned his Bachelor’s Degree in criminal justice from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master’s Degree in political science from Mississippi College. In fact, Bryant now serves as an adjunct professor of Government at Mississippi College.
Governor Bryant’s dedication to his work is evident through his years of public service, but his faith and family have always come first. Phil Bryant and his wife, Deborah, have two children, Katie and Patrick. The Bryants are active members of St. Marks United Methodist Church.