Business News for the Mississippi Delta

Jason White

New Speaker Rises to the Occasion By Jack Criss  •  Photography by Greg Campbell  To hold one of the most powerful political roles in the state of Mississippi, Jason White is an unassuming man.    But beneath his outward friendliness and approachability—commented on several times by members of the state legislature from both parties in media interviews—the new Speaker of the House of Representatives possesses a quiet dignity, resoluteness and intelligence that no doubt made him a unanimous choice for the position, replacing Phillip Gunn. The seventy-nine member GOP caucus met on a Wednesday morning in November of last year at a closed door meeting held at the Annandale Golf Club in Madison, according to various reports, and unanimously and without dissent threw its support behind White, a three-term lawmaker who lives in West, Mississippi to become its new leader.  “I appreciate the trust my fellow Republicans have now placed in me as the nominee for Speaker,” White said in a statement at the time. “I am energized going into the 2024 legislative session, and I look forward to addressing the challenges and opportunities facing our state with conservative policies and principles.” The 122-member House unanimously elected White on the opening day of the 2024 session in January, making the decision of the caucus formal and official.  The fifty year-old White was first elected to the House in 2011 as a Democrat, but he  switched to the Republican Party the next year. He represents portions of Attala, Carroll, Holmes and Leake counties and previously led the House Rules Committee and the House Management Committee.  Born and raised in Kosciusko—which is where he still has his law office—White and his wife currently live in West, Mississippi, about fifteen minutes away. “(My wife) Jolynn had her heart set on living in West in an antebellum home she grew up in, so that’s where we live today,” says White. “It always throws everybody when I tell them I’m from West, Mississippi. They ask, ‘Where in West Mississippi?’ and I have to explain that there’s an actual town by that name!” White grew up on a small farm, mainly raising cotton and soybeans with

Read More »

Featured Articles