Phil Bryant has dedicated his life to serving the people of Mississippi. He’s recognized as a man of strong integrity and a trusted leader for accountable government. He’s a Governor who still believes in the concept of public service—with bold ideas that help other people reach their dreams for the future.
For the last three years, Governor Bryant has led Mississippi with honesty and a steady focus on growing the economy and improving education. Under his leadership, Mississippi is moving up in the rankings: our state is now one of the ten best places for economic development in the country, the best place to practice medicine in the country, and one of the five most tax-friendly states. Guided by conservative values and a tireless commitment to Mississippi, Governor Bryant knows that with the right leadership, Mississippi can continue moving forward over the next four years.
Governor Bryant’s work ethic and values stem from small-town Mississippi roots. Born in Moorhead, Mississippi, to a diesel mechanic and a mother who stayed at home with three boys, Governor Bryant was raised to work hard, serve others, and tell the truth. That ethic of service led Governor Bryant to work as a Deputy Sheriff, in the Mississippi House of Representatives, and then as State Auditor for 11 years.
Governor Bryant earned his reputation for integrity and fairness as State Auditor. The Auditor’s office recovered more than $12 million for the taxpayers during Bryant’s tenure. That success and commitment to enforcing the law propelled Governor Bryant to the Lt. Governor’s office in 2007.
As Lt. Governor, he ushered in a new era of transparency in state government by webcasting sessions of the Mississippi State Senate for the first time in history. He helped pass the first ethics reform legislation in Mississippi in 25 years. And he maintained a commitment to honest budgeting and cutting taxes, arguing that the people – not government – know best how to spend their own money.
In 2011, Governor Bryant was elected to his first term as Mississippi’s 64th Governor. Since taking office, Governor Bryant has slashed taxes so businesses can grow jobs, passed landmark education reform to help students achieve results, and filled the state’s Rainy Day fund so we are better prepared for the future.
Prior to becoming Governor, Phil Bryant earned an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Hinds Community College, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a master’s in political science from Mississippi College. He is the contributing author of three books on best practices in government and is a former adjunct professor of government at Mississippi College. He and his wife, First Lady Deborah Bryant, have two adult children, Katie and Patrick, one grandchild, and are active members of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church.