Mississippi ALEC Politicians

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This is a partial list of Mississippi politicians that are known to be involved in, or previously involved in, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). It is a partial list. (If you have additional names, please add them with a citation. The names in this original list were verified as of posting.)

Legislators who have cut ties with ALEC publicly are also listed here.

Mississippi Legislators with ALEC Ties

House of Representatives

  • Rep. Brent Anderson (R-122)[1]
  • Rep. Shane Barnett (R-86), attended ALEC's 2020 States and Nation Policy Summit where he participated in ”Workshop: New Education Polling Data with EdChoice", "Opening General Session" and "General Session - Morning"[2]
  • Rep. Charles Jim Beckett (R-23), Member of Public Safety and Elections Task Force [3][4]
  • Rep. Richard Bennett (R-120)[5]
  • Rep. Scott Bounds (R-44); Education Task Force[6]
  • Rep. Randy P. Boyd (R-19)[1]
  • Rep. Charles Busby (R-111)[7]
  • Rep. Billy Calvert (R-83), attended ALEC's 2020 States and Nation Policy Summit where he participated in "Education and Workforce Development Task Force Meeting" and "Health and Human Services Task Force Meeting"[2]
  • Rep. Lester Carpenter (R-1); Communications and Technology Task Force[8]
  • Rep. Samuel Creekmore (R-14), attended ALEC's 2020 States and Nation Policy Summit where he participated in "Workshop: AB5/ABC/Prop-22... What’s Happening, What’s Next and What you Need to Know in the States and DC?", "Workshop: Post-Election Panel: The Future of Energy and Environmental Policy", "Rural Caucus Meeting", "Workshop: Growing Momentum for Personalize Health Care: Health Care Choices 2020", "Education and Workforce Development Task Force Meeting" and "Training: Let's Talk About Workforce Development with Frank Luntz"[2]
  • Rep. Becky Currie (R-92)[9], ALEC State Chair, attended ALEC's 2020 States and Nation Policy Summit where she participated in ” Health and Human Services Subcommittee Meeting", "Tax and Fiscal Policy Subcommittee Meeting", "State Chair Meeting", "Opening General Session", "CARE Constituent Management Training" and "General Session - Morning"[2], Health and Human Services Task Force[10]
  • Rep. Kevin Felsher (R-117), attended ALEC's 2020 States and Nation Policy Summit where she participated in ”Opening General Session", "Workshop: Stop the Cancel Culture, Before it Stops You!", "Training: Let's Talk About Workforce Development with Frank Luntz" and "Criminal Justice Task Force Meeting"”[2][1]
  • Rep. Jill Ford (R-73)[1], attended ALEC's 2020 States and Nation Policy Summit where she participated in "Workshop: New Education Polling Data with EdChoice", "Opening General Session", "Workshop: Reducing Red Tape: Lessons Learned from Successful State Strategies", "CARE Constituent Management Training", "General Session - Morning", "Workshop: State Budget Reform Toolkit: Policy Best Practices to Help Legislators Navigate the Fiscal Uncertainty of COVID-19", "Training: Let's Talk about Education and Opportunity with Frank Luntz", "Education and Workforce Development Task Force Meeting", "Workshop: Stop the Cancel Culture, Before it Stops You!", "Training: Digital Media: Applying Presidential Strategy To Legislative Races", "Training: Let's Talk About Workforce Development with Frank Luntz", "Friday General Session - Morning" and "Friday General Session - Afternoon"[2]
  • Rep. Kevin Ford (R-54), attended ALEC's 2020 States and Nation Policy Summit where she participated in ”General Session - Morning" and "Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force Meeting"[2], attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[11]
  • Rep. R. L. Dale Goodin (R-105)[1]
  • Rep. Jeffrey S. Guice (R-114)[9]; Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force[12]
  • Rep. Mac Huddleston (R-15); Health and Human Services Task Force[13]
  • Rep. Nelson Mangold (R-53)[1]
  • Rep. Kent McCarthy (R-101)[1]
  • Rep. Dana McLean (R-39)[1], attended ALEC's 2020 States and Nation Policy Summit where she participated in "Opening General Session", "Workshop: Reducing Red Tape: Lessons Learned from Successful State Strategies", "CARE Constituent Management Training", "Workshop: AB5/ABC/Prop-22... What’s Happening, What’s Next and What you Need to Know in the States and DC?", "Workshop: Post-Election Panel: The Future of Energy and Environmental Policy", "General Session - Morning", "Civil Justice Task Force Meeting", "Thursday General Session - Afternoon", "Education and Workforce Development Task Force Meeting", "Federalism and International Relations Task Force Meeting", "Friday General Session - Morning", "Criminal Justice Task Force Meeting", "Friday General Session - Afternoon" and "Homeland Security Task Force Meeting"[2]
  • Rep. Ken Morgan (R-100)[1]
  • Rep. Gene Newman (R-61)[1], attended ALEC's 2020 States and Nation Policy Summit where he participated in ”Opening General Session", "General Session - Morning", "Thursday General Session - Afternoon", "Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force Meeting", "Friday General Session - Morning", and "Criminal Justice Task Force Meeting"[2]
  • Rep. Jansen Owen (R-106)[1]
  • Rep. Randall H. Patterson (R-115), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[11], claims ALEC membership on his government webpage.[14]
  • Rep. Brent Powell (R-59), attended ALEC's 2020 States and Nation Policy Summit where he participated in ”Workshop: New Education Polling Data with EdChoice", "Workshop: Post-Election Panel: The Future of Energy and Environmental Policy", "Workshop: State Budget Reform Toolkit: Policy Best Practices to Help Legislators Navigate the Fiscal Uncertainty of COVID-19", "Workshop: Stop the Cancel Culture, Before it Stops You!", "Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Meeting" and "Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Meeting"[2]
  • Rep. Robin Robinson (R-88), attended ALEC's 2020 States and Nation Policy Summit where she participated in “Energy, Environment and Agriculture Subcommittee Meeting", "Workshop: New Education Polling Data with EdChoice", "Opening General Session", "Task Force Chairs Meeting", "Workshop: Reducing Red Tape: Lessons Learned from Successful State Strategies", "ALEC Connect Training", "Workshop: Post-Election Panel: The Future of Energy and Environmental Policy", "General Session - Morning", "Communications and Technology Task Force Meeting", "Training: Let's Talk about Education and Opportunity with Frank Luntz", "Workshop: Against Critical Theory’s Onslaught: Reclaiming Education and the American Dream", "Thursday General Session - Afternoon", "Education and Workforce Development Task Force Meeting", "Training: Digital Media: Applying Presidential Strategy To Legislative Races", "Jefferson Awards Ceremony", "Friday General Session - Morning", "Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Meeting", "Friday General Session - Afternoon", "CARE Constituent Management Training" and "ALEC CONNECT Training"[2]
  • Rep. Randal "Randy" Rushing (R-78), attended ALEC's 2020 States and Nation Policy Summit where he participated in ”Opening General Session", "General Session - Morning" and "Thursday General Session - Afternoon"[2]
  • Rep Price Wallace (R-77), attended ALEC's 2020 States and Nation Policy Summit where he participated in ”General Session - Morning”[2]
  • Rep. Tom Weathersby (R-62), member according to official website as of August 2017[15]
  • Rep. Stacey Wilkes (R-108), attended ALEC's 2020 States and Nation Policy Summit where she participated in ”Civil Justice Committee and Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Subcommittee Joint Meeting", "Opening General Session", "Workshop: Reducing Red Tape: Lessons Learned from Successful State Strategies", "Rural Caucus Meeting", "General Session - Morning", "Training: Let's Talk about Education and Opportunity with Frank Luntz" and "Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force Meeting"[2]
  • Rep. Lee Yancey (R-74); Health and Human Services Task Force[16], attended ALEC's 2020 States and Nation Policy Summit where he participated in ”Opening General Session" ,"General Session - Morning", "Training: Let's Talk about Education and Opportunity with Frank Luntz", "Thursday General Session - Afternoon", "Friday General Session - Morning" and "Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Meeting"[2]
  • Rep. Henry Zuber (R-113); Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force[17]

Senate

Other Politicians

  • Mayor of Gulfport Billy Hewes, Chair of American City County Exchange

Former Representatives

Former Senators

References

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