Lt. Governor Hosemann on Record, Future Ahead of Election Day

Jackson, Miss. (WAPT) – Republican Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann is seeking a second term. But first, he must defeat Democrat D. Ryan Grover.

Hosemann said voters have told him they want the state to be run like a business, and for leaders at the state capitol to be frugal in how their tax dollars are spent.

Hosemann said he has a vision for the state and sees it by educating children, getting infrastructure built and lowering taxes.

Grover, a Hattiesburg native, has worked in business since graduating from the University of Mississippi in 2018. He’s run on promises to make the Magnolia State competitive in the tech industry and restore the ballot initiative process.

Grover said he doesn’t think the legislature did enough during the last session and thinks he could be the difference next year.

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Hosemann: Honor Our Soldiers and Go Vote

Jackson, Miss. (DeSoto Times Tribune) – In 2008, shortly after being elected Secretary of State, I traveled to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait to visit with thousands of men and women deployed overseas in the Mississippi National Guard. The topic of conversation was the importance of voting.

For years, our UOCAVA (Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act) ballot numbers had been down. The process in place for our soldiers to vote was convoluted and not conducive to their situation.

We immediately got to work when I returned to the States. Our office created an online clearinghouse of voting information for our deployed soldiers. We streamlined the voting process so they can vote electronically from anywhere in the world. We formed relationships with voting officers on our overseas bases and bases in Mississippi to ensure soldiers received timely information about registering to vote and casting a ballot.

Ten years later, I was again invited to join our deployed soldiers, this time in Kuwait about a month before the General Election in 2018. During this visit, I was struck by the competency, professionalism, bravery, and selflessness of our men and women serving overseas. My new mission was clear: making sure Mississippians back home understand the sacrifices our soldiers continue to make for our freedoms, including the right to vote.

That fall, we started a new program at the Secretary of State’s Office called Vote in Honor of a Soldier. Citizens were invited to complete an online form honoring any service member in their lives. The office then sent them a sticker to wear on Election Day to show their appreciation for our military men and women, and tributes to our soldiers were posted online for citizens to read. We placed yellow ribbons in every precinct.

My most recent trip to Kuwait with the Mississippi National Guard was in August this year. The full weight of this particular visit did not hit until weeks later when Hamas attacked Israel and violence erupted in the Middle East.

The fact is our soldiers are members of a headquarters company with responsibilities including aviation, armor, and special operations. They are not just serving. They are leading in our military—and at this very moment, many of them are in harm’s way.

Please honor our deployed men and women by taking a couple of minutes out of your day on Tuesday, Nov. 7, and go vote. Not casting a ballot is an excuse, not a reason.

Let us send a clear message to our Mississippi soldiers on Election Day: We appreciate the sacrifices you have made and we want you to come home safe. Until you are back on Mississippi soil, we will honor you by exercising one of the most important freedoms you have fought to protect — the right to vote.

Note: Column by Delbert Hosemann, who is Mississippi’s Lt. Governor and is running for reelection against Democrat D. Ryan Grover.

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Lt. Governor Hosemann Proposes Last-Dollar Community College Tuition Program

Jackson, Miss. (Mississippi Today) – Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann told Mississippi business leaders Thursday he wants to make the state’s 15 two-year colleges tuition free.

Speaking at the annual Mississippi Economic Council’s Hobnob event, designed to allow the state’s business leaders to hear from political leaders, Hosemann said providing free tuition for community college students would help grow the Mississippi economy. He said in recent years the Legislature has expanded public pre-kindergarten programs, and he believed expanding higher education opportunities is the next logical step.

“We want to have the best economic life we can have for our citizens,” said Hosemann after his Hobnob speech at the Mississippi Coliseum. “You do that by educational opportunities.”

According to Hosemann’s office, 28 counties already have put in place local programs to provide free community college tuition. Under Hosemann’s plan, those counties probably would be able to divert their funds to expanded educational opportunities for their citizens.

Many of the counties offering free community college tuition are located in northeast Mississippi. In the past, Rep. Jerry Turner, R-Baldwyn, who represents a portion of northeast Mississippi, offered a proposal similar to Hosemann’s, but it did not make it through the legislative process.

The program, which already is offered in some other states, is called “the Last Dollar” program. People entering community college are required to apply for any available grants and scholarships. The amount of the tuition not paid for by the grants and scholarships would be paid for by the state.

Hosemann said a bill will be drafted to be considered during the 2024 session.

The program would cost the state $25 million annually when fully enacted, Hosemann estimated.

He also said most likely students would be required to meet certain standards in high school to be eligible for the program. And he said it would most likely be fashioned in a way to enhance opportunities for those going into high demand areas, such as medical fields.

Hosemann already has met with the Community College Board to discuss the program.

Hoseman is seeking his second term as lieutenant governor. He is considered to be a heavy favorite for reelection on Nov. 7 against Democrat Ryan Grover, who did not speak Thursday at Hobnob.

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Hosemann Makes Pre-Election Day Stop in Columbus

Columbus, Miss. (WCBI) – Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann was making rounds ahead of election day. He made a stop at Zachary’s Columbus.

Hosemann said he wanted voters to know he would continue to work to decrease taxes, pay down state debt, and promote education.

One of his priorities for next year is to launch a tuition program at community colleges in the state.

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Lt. Governor Brings Greetings at Dr. Paul’s Southern Miss. Investiture

Hattiesburg, Miss. (Press Register) – Dr. Joseph S. Paul eschewed the spotlight during his presidential inauguration Oct. 5 at The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Hattiesburg campus, deflecting the focus instead on the institution where he’s been called to serve as its leader.

A beloved son of the University, Dr. Paul was installed as the 11th president of his alma mater during an investiture ceremony held in historic Bennett Auditorium as the school also celebrated homecoming week. The 1975 graduate of Southern Miss first served in the post on an interim basis beginning in July 2022 before being named president starting Nov. 1 of last year by the State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL).

“Today’s events may appear to be about me, the person just inaugurated as the 11th president,” Dr. Paul said in his remarks to the hundreds of USM faithful in attendance. “But what today is really about is the celebration of this noble institution, The University of Southern Mississippi; a collection of people and purposes and challenges and opportunities that is both ineffable yet tangible, that passes from one generation to another, that has outlived its founders from 113 years ago and will outlive us gathered here today.

“This ceremony is about what endures in the culture and spirit of this place, and the work we do here is greater than us as individuals and more lasting than our moment in time. It is about constant change and about our steadfast calling to serve our students well.”

A Bay St. Louis, Miss., native, Dr. Paul most recently served his alma mater as Vice President for Student Affairs before retiring after a 40-year career at the school, holding various roles in student affairs administration. He earned a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Alabama and is a member of the Southern Miss Alumni Association Alumni Hall of Fame.

He hailed his alma mater for its deeply held values of “caring, community, and grit.”

“Harvard scholar Dr. Angela Duckworth defines grit as ‘the individual capacity to set lofty goals, and then pursue them with purpose, passion and persistence,” he said. “At Southern Miss, since our founding, we have always set audacious goals that others about us may doubt we can accomplish, and then we pursue them with an uncommon passion and a relentless persistence.

“At Southern Miss, we are resilient. We never give up, and we never give in.”

Representatives of the university’s student body, faculty and staff were on hand to formally welcome Dr. Paul as their president, praising his leadership and commitment to academic freedom, student development and achievement, and commitment to fostering an environment of collegiality and cooperation among all USM employees and its stakeholders for the good of the institution.

“Dr. Paul has accomplished a lot this past year and has undoubtedly pushed Southern Miss further in the right direction,” said Student Government Association President Jonathan Jenkins. “Southern Miss has significantly benefited from his leadership, and I am confident we will continue to see Southern Miss soar to new heights during his presidency.”

Dr. Jennifer Courts, president of the USM Faculty Senate, said that in his time as president, Dr. Paul has proven he recognizes the importance of the University’s faculty “in achieving the vision of Southern Miss to be a student-centered public research university with an unparalleled student life experience.”

“In creating a community that values faculty feedback, he has confirmed that he understands that this vision can only be fully realized in collaboration with faculty,” Dr. Courts continued. “Dr. Paul knows that including his constituents in the decision-making process helps move our institution into the future, leading to a more stable and cohesive community and greater innovation. He appreciates that supporting the welfare and integrity of the faculty leads to increased benefits for our students and the University community.

“He is a strong leader who serves not for the prominence the position can offer, but for the good it allows him to accomplish.”

Speaking on behalf of the Staff Council, Mary Alexander pledged the support of the University’s staff for his presidency. “This is the beginning of a new and exciting chapter in the history of the University,” she said. “Let’s take it to the top, Dr. Paul, together!”

Dr. Paul received additional salutations from other dignitaries participating in the ceremony, among them including State Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann; USM alumnus Powell G. Ogletree Jr., a member of the IHL Board of Trustees; J. Troy Johnston, president of the USM Alumni Association; and Joseph Quinlan, president of the USM Foundation. USM President Emeritus Dr. Aubrey K. Lucas and U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), a USM alumna, were also in attendance at the ceremony.

The formal rite of investiture for Dr. Paul was then performed by Dr. Alfred Rankins, Mississippi’s Commissioner of Higher Education; Dr. Alfred McNair Jr., president of the IHL Board of Trustees; and IHL Trustee and USM alumnus Tom Duff.

Dr. Shea Kidd-Brown, vice president of campus life at Wake Forrest University, presented the inauguration address. A native of Hattiesburg, Dr. Kidd-Brown earned her undergraduate degree from USM, where she leaned on Dr. Paul’s mentorship in navigating her way through her academic career at the University and inspired by his example to pursue a career in higher education.

“Dr. Paul, no one is better suited for this appointment, at this time, than you,” she said. “May you continue to leave USM better than you found it.”

Many positive developments have already occurred at the University during Dr. Paul’s presidency, including an increase in new student enrollment, as well as a surge in alumni and Eagle Club memberships and season ticket sales for the University’s athletics programs. A recent anonymous endowment of $6 million made to the school’s capital campaign has pushed it well past its goal of $150 million.

Dr. Paul called on all members of the USM family to join him in a collective effort to maintain the momentum in every aspect of the University, particularly in how it serves the needs of its students, which he referred to as the school’s “Why”.

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“Let’s set our sights on being distinctive in the content of our academic programs, course offerings and student life, and provide for our students in all we do a value added they won’t find in other places,” he urged. “Let’s help our students be future-oriented and ready for life.

“Let’s help our students, who often come from ordinary backgrounds and circumstances, go out into the world and do extraordinary things. Let’s help them be ready for life, and ready for their journey To The Top.”

State and local leaders also lauded Dr. Paul for his stellar record of service to the university, Pine Belt region, and Mississippi, including Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker; State Rep. Missy McGee; and Forrest County District 1 Supervisor-Elect Gentry Mordica, all of whom are USM alums.

“Dr. Paul’s inauguration as the 11th president comes at a moment of genuine excitement for Southern Miss and its future,” said Barker, who bestowed congratulations to the president during the ceremony. “It is critical that the entire University community now rally into action behind his vision of setting audacious goals, pursuing them relentlessly, and forging a path toward distinction.”

McGee believes no one is better prepared to lead the University than Dr. Paul.

“This is such an exciting day for Southern Miss with Dr. Paul’s inauguration as the 11th president of our beloved institution,” McGee said. “Joe has been a mentor, advisor, and most of all a friend to me since my days as a student at USM, and I know there are countless others who can say the same.

“It is most definitely a day for celebration at The University of Southern Mississippi.”

Mordica recalled when he was an undergraduate at USM in the 1980s becoming acquainted with Dr. Paul, when the latter was serving as the school’s Dean of Students.

“I can say from experience that USM could not have made a better choice for its president,” Mordica said. “He always goes above and beyond the call of duty, is a great ambassador for the University, and has always had the best interests of the University and community close to his heart.

“Few are more dedicated or bleed black and gold like Dr. Paul. I look forward to working with him to keep USM and Forrest County moving forward for many years to come.”

Dr. Heather Annulis, director of the School of Leadership at USM’s Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach, said the events of the week recognizing Dr. Paul’s investiture “continues our excitement and momentum at Southern Miss,” further noting, “We stand behind him with our full support as he leads our institution, including Coastal USM, to the top.”

Dr. Erin Lambert Dornan, director of communications and operations for USM Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, has worked with Dr. Paul throughout her career at the University. She’s thrilled to see him take the reins as its leader and says she’s witness to a positive and contagious energy at Southern Miss since he took office.

“I’m really excited for the future of our University with Dr. Paul at the helm, and I know he will continue to leave our University better than he found it,” she said.

Dr. Paul asked those in attendance at the ceremony and all who love and support the University to join him in his journey as president toward the goal of taking USM to the top.

“Today, I accept this position with humility and all the positive energy and sense of urgency I can muster,” he said in conclusion. “It will take all of us, but as I know, together, we are mighty. God bless us all, and God bless Southern Miss.”

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Lt. Gov. Hosemann Journeys to DeSoto County Post-Primary

Nesbitt, Miss. – Mississippi’s two top state leaders made DeSoto County a destination on the campaign trail this week, as Gov. Tate Reeves and Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann made appearances in the county.

Reeves made stops in Olive Branch and Southaven Tuesday to promote business growth and women’s rights with Riley Gaines and Paula Scanlan in their effort to model legislation to reinforce the definition of sex-based words used in Mississippi law and to help protect women-only spaces from legal attack.

Thursday, it was Hosemann’s turn to come to DeSoto County, where he spoke to the local Republican Club and urges the party faithful to vote and start encouraging others to be at the polls on Election Day, Nov. 7. Hosemann said a strong turnout from DeSoto County would send a loud message to the rest of the state.

“It makes a difference if DeSoto County is 10 percent, or 15 percent of the total election,” Hosemann said. “It makes a difference for us when we try to get things for DeSoto County. Turning out is important, not only to get elected, also show the rest of the state the strength of this county as part of the state.”

The strong voice would come into play on a couple of important county issues, particularly the widening of I-55 and the recent court ruling that requires the Horn Lake Creek Interceptor Wastewater Treatment District to be treating its own sewage within eight years. The U.S. District Court ruling came as the City of Memphis sought to remove itself from future DeSoto County wastewater treatment.

In reacting to the court ruling, Southaven Mayor Darren Musselwhite said it would take state and federal money to help get a treatment plant costing about $280 million to start operating within that time frame.

Talking with DeSoto County News Thursday in Nesbit, Hoseman said he had not yet read the details of the court decision, but he hopes local officials have started to make their early determinations, aware the court’s decision would be forthcoming.

“We allocated $10 million two years ago to help start the engineering process for this event, because we knew this was coming, and I’ve met the last two years with the mayors about preparing for this event,” Hosemann said. “The best way would be for the state to put up some money, the federal government to put up some money, and the ratepayers will have to put up some money. I would like all of that to happen sooner than later.”

Hosemann also said he expects money for the I-55 widening project will be set aside this year, but it could be at least two years before a build out occurs.

“We are asking for a match from the federal government, but I’m committed to making another up front contribution to that,” Hosemann said. “I have met with the Mississippi Department of Transportation and (Transportation Commissioner) John Caldwell, who is in charge of this, about accelerating the build out. They said they couldn’t do that for another two years, but I would be hopeful we can start prior to that.”

Both Republicans have Democratic challengers in the November general election. Reeves is challenged by Brandon Presley and Hosemann is facing D. Ryan Glover, the Democratic nominee, in the general election.

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Hosemann Helps Commemorate 150th Anniversary of Army Corps Vicksburg District

Vicksburg, Miss. (Vicksburg Post) – Employees at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District joined local officials, residents and Division retirees to celebrate the Vicksburg District’s 150th anniversary at its headquarters on Halls Ferry Road.

The event featured comments by Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs, Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann and District commander Col. Christopher Klein and video presentations on the District’s history and the experiences of retired employees.

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Lt. Gov. Hosemann Sets Sights on Healthcare, Tax Cuts

Jackson, Miss. (MPB) – Healthcare, tax cuts and environmental issues are all topics that the Lt. Governor plans to tackle in the coming months. While all of these were discussed and debated by lawmakers in 2023’s session, he says the “work is not done.”

Following the Dobbs decision, Hosemann tapped a committee of senators to focus on the well-being of women and children in the state. Hosemann hopes to establish something similar for healthcare as a whole to confront hospital closures and disparities in access to care.

“And during the last few months, I’ve discussed it in detail, but I believe healthcare is a salient point for the legislature this year and we need to go find out what’s going on in healthcare.”

Hosemann is also chairing the Legislative Budget Committee this year, which works to draft recommendations for the state budget. He says he hopes to see more progress on promises made by state leaders on tax cuts, both to groceries and income.

“You know, realistically, we have to absorb about a $525 million tax cut,” he said. “I think we were over about 690 million this year. So you can do the math and you know, that would have left us another 150 million or so that we would have had before the tax cut.”

The legislative budget committee will begin meeting next month.

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Mississippi Economy Continuing to Show Strength, Lt. Gov. Says

Jackson, Miss. (Northside Sun) – Total revenue collections in Mississippi for July of the FY 2024 year are 8.17% over the sine die estimate which comes to roughly $45.1 million, making year-to-date revenue also overestimate for the same amount.

“We are pleased that revenues continue to exceed estimates, a sign of a strong economy in Mississippi. We look forward to continuing to cut taxes, pay off debt, invest in things like infrastructure and education, and prepare for a rainy day which, hopefully, never comes,” said Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann.

Total collections for FY 2023 came to $7.7 billion while appropriations only accounted for revenue’s meeting $6.4 billion. The general fund ended the fiscal year with an estimated $1.3 billion in the bank.

The report compares actual revenue collections to what was in the sine die estimate for each of the main tax revenue sources the state receives. In sales tax, estimates and actual revenue were $12.4 million overestimates, individual income tax was $20 million over, Corporate, $4.4 million, Use tax $2.3 million and Gaming came in just under $1 million.

Mississippi has had a historic jump in revenue collections since FY 2020, which is a reflection of the calendar year 2019-2020.

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Pro-Life Advocate Delbert Hosemann Wins Miss. Lt. Governor Primary

Jackson, Miss. (Pro-Life News) – National Right to Life and Mississippi Right to Life hailed tonight’s primary election victory of Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann.

During the primary campaign, Lt. Governor Hosemann was wrongly attacked by his opponents as being a supporter of abortion.

“The voters of Mississippi have spoken and have shown that they respect the long-standing pro-life record of Lt. Governor Hosemann,” said National Right to Life Executive Director Scott Fischbach. “Mississippi Right to Life and National Right to Life are pleased that pro-life Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann will be on the ballot this fall. Delbert Hosemann has served well and deserves to be re-elected in November.”

Lt. Governor Hosemann was endorsed by Mississippi Right to Life and National Right to Life in the primary election and also for the general election to be held on Nov. 7, 2023.

“For nearly 30 years, we have worked with Delbert Hosemann to do everything possible to protect the babies and their mothers in Mississippi,” continued Fischbach. “Delbert is a true pro-life champion.”

Delbert Hosemann has always supported protections for unborn children and their mothers, and he opposes using Mississippi tax dollars to pay for abortions.

Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson, Lt. Governor Hosemann appointed a study group to hold hearings, hear testimony, and draft legislation related to issues facing women, children, and families in Mississippi, including adoption, foster care, child support, and maternal and child healthcare. In December, the group unveiled a series of proposals, much of which has since been signed into law.

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