Hosemann Unveils Three New Solutions

Jackson, Miss. — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann laid out three new initiatives today aimed at heightening transparency at the State Legislature, raising state employees’ salaries, and infusing counties and cities with funds necessary to repair deteriorating roads and bridges.

Hosemann, who is running for Lieutenant Governor, proposed extending webcasting to major committee meetings and archiving all collected content. Currently, only floor debate is made available to the public via webcast. He has also promised to hold weekly press briefings on Thursdays to provide an update on bills which have been introduced and considered that week and in the future.

“Mississippians all over the State have the right to know what is going on inside their Capitol all the time—not just the day a bill is enacted,” Hosemann said.

As Secretary of State, Hosemann had a record of pushing transparency initiatives, including putting all 16th Section and Tidelands leases online, creating an electronic and searchable campaign finance system, and updating the State’s archaic business laws and filing system.

In terms of raising State employees’ salaries, Hosemann said he will ask most agencies to save 1 percent in administrative and overhead expenses while maintaining current staffing. Savings realized would be used to move positions in all state agencies closer to the relevant market rate. Employees would receive either a position realignment raise, if the amount to reach the market rate is less than 3 percent, or a 3 percent raise, at a total tab of about $13 million.

Education, Mental Health, Child Protection Services, Corrections, and District Attorneys/Trial Judges would be exempt from the savings plan, though employees from those agencies would receive a raise.

“We are not talking about cutting personnel or services; we are talking about finding efficiencies,” Hosemann said. “I turned back part of my budget every year as your Secretary of State ($1.49 million last year), and we can accomplish the same in other State agencies. Our State employees are underpaid, which undercuts our ability to attract and retain workers. This isn’t enough, but it’s a step in the right direction.”

Finally, on local roads and bridges, Hosemann said he supported allowing a local option user fee on gasoline from two to six cents a gallon. The option would include the legal requirement that all money raised would go directly to the county and would be used only on repair and maintenance of existing infrastructure, not equipment, new construction, salaries, or other costs.

“Right now, more than 430 local bridges are closed because they are too dangerous to travel on and there are thousands of miles of local roads which are in need of caretaking,” Hosemann said. “This is an economic and public safety problem because our employees cannot get to work, our products cannot get to market, our children cannot get to school safely, and our counties need solutions.”

A bill passed during the 2018 Special Session, the Mississippi Infrastructure Modernization Act, addressed some infrastructure concerns.

“Government should be run from the counties and not the Capitol, and this plan is aimed at giving constituents and counties the power to decide if they need additional infrastructure resources,” Hosemann said.

For more information about Hosemann’s campaign for Lieutenant Governor, visit www.delberthosemann.com.

Congressman Palazzo Endorses Hosemann, Marking 3rd Endorsement in Two Weeks

Purvis, Miss. — Congressman Steven Palazzo endorsed Delbert Hosemann today in his election bid for Lieutenant Governor, citing his strong business sense, fiscal conservatism, and support for law enforcement.

“In Mississippi, we have so much potential, and we’re heading in the right direction. We don’t need to go another way. We need leaders who in their heart, mind, and soul, want to make Mississippi a better place for future generations,” Congressman Palazzo said. “Living within our means, growing our revenues, fostering an economy where our young people will stay in our State, and improving our educational systems—Delbert Hosemann is an easy choice for Lieutenant Governor because these are his goals and he has a record of getting things done.”

“Congressman Palazzo has worked hard for the Pine Belt and Mississippi Gulf Coast, securing funds to shore up infrastructure and protect our natural resources and unique industries in his district. We are a better State because he is looking out for us in Washington. I’m looking forward to continuing our strong relationship in this new role,” Hosemann said.

The General Election in Mississippi is November 5, 2019.

Congressman Guest Endorses Hosemann for Lieutenant Governor

Brandon, Miss. — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann picked up a key endorsement in his bid for Lieutenant Governor from Congressman Michael Guest (MS-03) today. This is Hosemann’s second endorsement from a member of Mississippi’s congressional delegation in two weeks.

“Delbert Hosemann’s record is what sets him apart in this race. While serving as Secretary of State, Secretary Hoesmann set goals for the office that were clear and transparent and then worked diligently to meet those goals in order to improve the quality of our great state. He will take this same mentality of hard-work and dedication to the office of Lieutenant Governor,” Guest said. “We need a conservative leader who can effectively address some of the most important issues facing our State, such as the economy, public education, healthcare, and infrastructure. Delbert Hosemann is the right person for this job, and I urge Mississippians to vote for him in November.”

“As a District Attorney, Michael Guest was well known for his thorough work and commitment to justice. In Washington, he has hit the ground running, introducing legislation to make our country safer and tackling issues which are so important to our State, like how to shore up our rural healthcare systems,” Hosemann said. “I’m looking forward to continuing to partner with Congressman Guest from Jackson.”

The General Election in Mississippi is November 5, 2019.

Hosemann Picks Up Endorsement from Congressman Kelly

Tupelo, Miss. – Congressman Trent Kelly endorsed Delbert Hosemann today in his election bid for Lieutenant Governor, citing his leadership and proven record established during his three-term tenure as Secretary of State.

“The Lieutenant Governor is an extremely important position in Mississippi because of its proximity to the budget and policy,” Congressman Kelly said. “Delbert Hosemann is a conservative, and he has been a strong advocate for our public schools and businesses. Delbert is the right person to lead our State as our next Lieutenant Governor. I hope you’ll join me in voting for him on November 5.”

Over the years, Hosemann and Congressman Kelly have partnered on consumer protection and other projects dating back to Congressman Kelly’s days as a District Attorney in the First Circuit.

“Congressman Kelly has a long history of serving our State and is an asset to us in Washington. He led our soldiers as a Lieutenant Colonel in Iraq, and was exemplary in his duties as a District Attorney,” Hosemann said. “I’m looking forward to continuing to partner with Congressman Kelly in the future to make our State an even better place for our children and grandchildren.”

The General Election in Mississippi is November 5, 2019.

Hosemann Wins Lt. Gov Primary With More Than 86% of Vote

Jackson, Miss. – Garnering 85.6 percent of the vote with only 63 percent of precincts reporting, Delbert Hosemann cruised to a landslide Republican Primary victory in his bid to become Mississippi’s next Lieutenant Governor.

“I am incredibly honored to accept the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor, but we can’t stop now. We have to push through to the finish line on November 5,” said Hosemann from a watch party at his campaign headquarters. “Lynn and I want to thank my opponent, Shane Quick, for running a clean and respectful campaign, and I appreciate our conversation this evening.”

Hosemann’s campaign spent the weeks leading up to Primary Election Day getting out the vote with a comprehensive network of grassroots supporters and volunteers. After the Neshoba County Fair, Hosemann embarked on a tour in north, northeast, and central Mississippi.

“Our children and grandchildren deserve every opportunity for a bright future in Mississippi—and that is what we’re working toward. I won’t let you down,” said Hosemann, who is currently serving as Secretary of State.

A slew of organizations have thrown their weight behind Hosemann’s bid including Mississippi Right to Life, Mississippi Manufacturers Association, Mississippi Realtors, Bully Bloc, and the National Rifle Association.

As a steadfast conservative who spent most of his career as a businessman in the private sector, Hosemann’s platform touches several major areas centered on growing Mississippi’s economy. These include: refocusing on skills training and increasing the State’s educated workforce; reducing unnecessary regulations and streamlining state government; encouraging small business and start-up growth; shoring up aging infrastructure; and improving access to healthcare and improving health outcomes.

The General Election in Mississippi is Tuesday, November 5, 2019. For more information about Hosemann’s campaign for Lieutenant Governor, visit www.delberthosemann.com.

Miss. Right to Life Backs Hosemann for Lieutenant Governor

Jackson, Miss. – Mississippi Right to Life has again thrown its support behind Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann — this time in his bid for Lieutenant Governor.

“We need officeholders who are not afraid to stand up for our most vulnerable citizens, and Delbert Hosemann has been a steadfast supporter of our efforts in the right to life community,” said Sabrina Graham, President of Mississippi Right to Life.

Hosemann’s lifelong commitment to right to life legislation and efforts to end legalized abortion derive from his faith and are reflected in his central campaign theme: to make Mississippi an even better place for our children and grandchildren.

“I unequivocally support the Heartbeat Bill and have always supported pro-life legislation. The Lieutenant Governor is a critical position in state government because of the Office’s proximity to the budget and policymaking,” said Hosemann, who has been endorsed by Mississippi Right to Life in prior campaigns. “This is why it is critical our next Lieutenant Governor continue Mississippi’s important tradition of unfailingly protecting the unborn.”

Other recent endorsements include political committees associated with the National Rifle Association, Mississippi Manufacturers Association, Mississippi Realtors, Bully Bloc, and others.

The Republican Primary Election in Mississippi is Tuesday, August 6, 2019. For more information about the campaign, visit www.delberthosemann.com.

Read National Right To Life and Mississippi Right To Life letter.

Hosemann Gives Preview of Education, Economy Plans at Neshoba County Fair

Neshoba County, Miss. — Mississippi will only succeed if our public schools succeed, Lieutenant Governor candidate Delbert Hosemann told a crowd of supporters at the Neshoba County Fair today.

In giving a preview of his plans for education and the economy, Hosemann said he was laser-focused on raising teacher pay to rates in alignment with neighboring states and ending the State’s teacher shortage, which has reached a critical level. He suggested incentivizing retired teachers to come back to work full-time and attracting teachers to critical shortage areas.

“We can’t lose new teachers from the start because we aren’t competitive in pay,” said Hosemann, currently serving his third term as Mississippi’s Secretary of State. “Whether to stay in Mississippi and teach our children must not be based on an economic decision.”

Hosemann also highlighted his plans to grow Mississippi’s small businesses and educated workforce. Small businesses, he said, are the “backbone of our economy, employing most of our people and delivering most of our services. We need to listen to them, and give them a seat at the table.”

On growing Mississippi’s educated workforce, Hosemann committed to expanding career and technical classes for high school students, standardizing dual-enrollment.

“All Mississippians deserve the opportunity to have a meaningful job for a living wage,” said Hosemann, a Republican, who spent most of his career in the private sector as a businessman.

He closed by reminding voters of his record. This year, Mississippians celebrate their fifth anniversary with a constitutional Voter ID law. Seeing through the enactment of Voter ID was one of Hosemann’s chief commitments when he announced his candidacy for Secretary of State in 2007. While other states continue to be embroiled in litigation over Voter ID, Mississippi’s law has yet to be challenged in court.

Other achievements include raising almost $1 billion for the State’s public schoolchildren through 16th Section leasing reforms, revising business laws to make it as easy as possible to open up a business and invest in Mississippi, and fighting to secure insurance coverage for treatment for children with autism.

“I don’t over-promise. I over-deliver,” Hosemann said. “We will create an even better place for our children and grandchildren to live, work, and raise their families. And, that’s a promise.”

The Republican Primary Election is Tuesday, August 6, and the General Election is Tuesday, November 5. For more information about the campaign, visit www.delberhosemann.com.

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Full Prepared Remarks by Lieutenant Governor Candidate Delbert Hosemann at 2019 Neshoba County Fair

It is great for Lynn and me to be back here for our 12th Giant House Party.

Seeing all of you and your families and your friends, it reminds me of when we came back to Mississippi from college. Everything we owned was in our car. All we had was an old TV, some wedding gifts, and student loans. Thank goodness we had just enough for the first month’s apartment rent.

And, there was one other problem. The car was rented and I had to take it back to the airport. For the first month, we bummed rides to work until we could get a paycheck to put a down payment on a car. Lynn went to work as the secretary to the President Pro Tempore of the Mississippi Senate on the third floor of the State Capitol. Isn’t it funny how life goes full circle?

Mississippi has given us many opportunities. Three children and seven grandchildren later—it’s time to give back.

It has been an honor to serve as your Secretary of State for the last 12 years. I have had a bright, dedicated staff, and we work hard for you. Here is what you asked us to do:

Make Mississippi an easier place to form a business. It used to take two weeks and a lot of paper to form a business in Mississippi. We re-wrote every business law to make them business friendly, and now you can start a business with the click of a mouse and file all of your paperwork electronically. More than 25,000 of you will use this process to start a business this year. And, we cut your filing fees. They are the lowest in the Nation.

You asked me to put an end to sweetheart deals on 16th Section Lands. This year we will break $1 billion raised from 16th Section Land over the last 12 years. This is a $400 million increase for public schools since you hired me, and we have purchased more than 20,000 acres of public land and an island—without significant State money—you and your grandchildren will own forever.

And, you asked me to institute a common-sense constitutional Voter ID law. The liberal Democrats said 400,000 people would be disenfranchised. Well, guess what? We did not disenfranchise any Mississippians. In fact, we enfranchised 7,000 Mississippians by issuing them a valid Mississippi Voter ID. We were the only State that was not sued by the Department of Justice.

And, you asked me not to leave autistic children without insurance coverage so they can achieve the same hopes and dreams you do. Today, they do.

Moving forward, first and foremost, Mississippi will only succeed if our public schools succeed.

We must start by raising starting teacher salaries to, at the least, rates which are comparable with neighboring states. This will automatically raise the salaries of our already hard-working teachers. We cannot lose new teachers from the start because we aren’t competitive in pay. Whether to stay in Mississippi and teach our children must not be an economic decision for our teachers.

Speaking of losing teachers, our school administrators are frustrated. More than one-third of our school districts are facing a critical teacher shortage, and graduation in teacher education programs at our public universities has declined 25 percent in the last four years.

Increases in salary are critical, but we must also have an increase in respect for teachers and this profession.

We are committed to incentivizing retired teachers to come back and work full-time. We are committed to funding programs which attract new teachers to critical shortage areas. We are committed to minimizing unnecessary, burdensome testing; and, to maximize classroom instruction time.

We are committed to starting earlier to provide a better chance of success later in life. Early Learning Collaboratives have seen great outcomes and we will fund them all. Every 4-year old child in Mississippi needs access to high-quality pre-K.

Seeing these commitments through begins next year.

Our small domestic businesses have told us time and time again they need community support and an educated workforce to succeed. We need to listen to them, and give them a seat at the table. They are the backbone of our economy, employing most of our people and delivering most of our services in Mississippi.

Small businesses deserve the same incentives as those offered to multi-billion dollar corporations.

Healthcare in Mississippi has reached a general financial breaking point. Our rural hospitals serve 50 percent of our population and 50 percent of them are at risk of closing. It’s time to consider and evaluate healthcare reform implemented in other states, particularly those proposals with no net impact on budget.

We also must strengthen team-based and collaborative care agreements between physicians, nurses, and nurse practitioners, and fund rural scholarship and residency programs for healthcare professionals at all levels.

And, no Mississippian should be further than thirty (30) minutes away from an emergency room.

Healthcare begins when you wake up. We will renew our commitment to wellness for every citizen.

But, that’s not all. Right now, less than 30 percent of our population has a two or four-year college degree. All Mississippians deserve the opportunity to have a meaningful job paying a living wage.

Graduation day is too late to start discussing employment options with our high school seniors. We must expand career and technical education opportunities in high school. We must increase dual-enrollment in community colleges while are children are in high school. And, to make sure they can afford to go to community colleges, we will start by the State paying a part of tuition for full-time students and for part-time students.

All education leads to employment. Economics will not be a barrier to Mississippi children getting a quality education.

Finally, adequately funding the State’s infrastructure needs is non-negotiable. The legislature made strides by providing MDOT and local governments with revenue last session, but more funding is necessary to ensure our roads and bridges are in good repair, particularly in our counties.

I don’t just talk about being conservative when it’s convenient for me. I am not purple. I am a conservative Republican.

I’ve been endorsed by Governor Bryant, the NRA, Mississippi Right to Life, the Mississippi Manufacturers Association, The Realtors Association, Bully-Bloc, and many other businesses, organizations, and individuals.

And, I don’t just talk about getting things done. I do it.

It is beyond me how you can serve in the legislature for four straight years with so little positive influence. We don’t need that kind of Lieutenant Governor. We need a leader who has a proven record.

We can run State Government better. The budget I requested this year is less than the budget the day I started. By being a good steward of your money, we turned back over $1 million to the State from last year’s budget.

We are fully automated and we answer about 65,000 phone calls a year within 10 seconds with someone who is glad you called. Needless to say, we do not believe you should stand in line a full day to get a driver’s license. That’s not the way we run our agency.

If you liked the way the Secretary of State’s Office is running now, you are going to love the way we will run State government. Every penny we save we will be spent on education, infrastructure, and healthcare.

Some people say you can over promise in an election year. I am here today to tell you—look at my record. I don’t over promise. I over deliver.

We will create a better place for our children and grandchildren to live, work, and raise their families.

And, that’s a promise.

Thank you for your support for Lieutenant Governor. Enjoy the Fair and God bless Mississippi!

Hosemann Lists $2.98M Cash-on-Hand Heading Into Primary, Raises More Than $51,000 in July

Jackson, Miss. — Hosemann Lists $2.98M Cash-on-Hand Heading Into Primary, Raises More Than $51,000 in July

Jackson, Miss.—Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann will close out the last campaign finance deadline before the August 6 Primary Election with more than $2.98 million in his account.

In July 2019, Hosemann raised $51,780 from individuals, businesses, and organizations. According to a pre-election campaign finance report released today, $2,980,163.63 cash-on-hand remains in Hosemann’s account as of July 27, 2019. The report detailed campaign finance activity from July 1 to July 27.

“We appreciate so much the support we have seen from so many Mississippians across our great State—and we won’t let them down,” Hosemann said. “As my record demonstrates, when I make a commitment to you, I see it through. We’re ready to get to work to make an even better Mississippi for our children and grandchildren.”

As a steadfast conservative who spent most of his career as a businessman in the private sector, Hosemann’s platform touches several major areas centered on growing Mississippi’s economy. These include: refocusing on skills training and increasing the State’s educated workforce; reducing unnecessary regulations and streamlining state government; encouraging small business and start-up growth; shoring up aging infrastructure; and improving access to healthcare and improving health outcomes.

Hosemann announced his campaign for Lieutenant Governor in early January with a three-day tour to businesses in Vicksburg, Brookhaven, Columbus, DeSoto County, Greenwood, Hattiesburg, Meridian, Rankin County, Tupelo, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Since then, Hosemann and his wife, Lynn—along with campaign staff and dozens of volunteers—have been on the road participating in forums, roundtables, festivals, and other events across the State.

For more information about the campaign, visit www.delberthosemann.com.

Hosemann Tours NE Miss. Businesses, Talks Workforce Development

Corinth, Miss. – Lieutenant Governor candidate Delbert Hosemann visited with multiple business owners and met with local elected officials and economic development officials this week in Alcorn and Tippah counties.

“We’re out listening to business owners across the State, of any size, because we need to know what we can do to help them grow and prosper,” said Hosemann, a steadfast conservative who spent much of his career as a businessman in the private sector. “We want Mississippi businesses to know they will have a seat at the table when policy is formulated next year.”

Hosemann toured Kimberly-Clark Corporation (Corinth), KeytronicEMS (Corinth), Aluma-Form (Walnut), EcoWater Systems (Ripley), and Ashley Furniture (Ripley). He also visited the Rail Spur Property, a burgeoning industrial park in Corinth which is ready for development. The property is owned by a group of business people in the area and is supported by the Alliance, Corinth and Alcorn County’s economic development organization.

“In particular, we want to put in place the right building blocks to ensure our State has the educated workforce our businesses need,” Hosemann said. “When more Mississippians are working and earning a meaningful wage, our families and economy are stronger and healthier.”

As Secretary of State, Hosemann overhauled Mississippi’s archaic business laws and lowered filing fees. He also made the process of starting a business more efficient by automating the process online. Y’all Business — a one-of-a-kind website providing free economic, consumer, and demographic data to entrepreneurs and businesses — launched under Hosemann’s leadership.

Additionally, Hosemann has worked to bridge the gap between businesses, K-12 schools, and community colleges to create a seamless educational system preparing students for the next step. As a candidate for Lieutenant Governor, Hosemann has advocated for a more streamlined dual-credit system to allow students to earn skilled trades and college credit earlier in life, the reduction of economic barriers for discouraged workers to return to community college to learn a skill or earn a degree, and the consolidation and evaluation of current workforce development efforts.

Hosemann’s overall platform touches several major areas centered on growing Mississippi’s economy. These include: refocusing on skills training and increasing the State’s educated workforce; reducing unnecessary regulations and streamlining state government; encouraging small business and start-up growth; shoring up aging infrastructure; and improving access to healthcare and improving health outcomes.

The Republican Primary Election in Mississippi is Tuesday, August 6, 2019. For more information about the campaign, visit www.delberthosemann.com.

Bully Bloc Endorses Lt. Gov Candidate Delbert Hosemann

Starkville, Miss.—Bully Bloc announced today its support for Delbert Hosemann in his bid for Lieutenant Governor.

“We’ve enjoyed a great working relationship with Secretary Hosemann over the years and look forward to continuing this relationship in promoting Mississippi’s Institutions of Higher Learning,” said Camp Murphy, Bully Bloc Chairman and Mississippi State University alumnus. “We are thankful Secretary Hosemann understands the contributions of our IHLs, in both education and research, toward the advancement of our State.”

Bully Bloc is a non-partisan group of friends and alumni of Mississippi State committed to electing political leaders who will make sure the interests of the university and higher education are advanced.

“For our State to succeed, our public schools must succeed — and that includes our public community colleges and universities,” Hosemann said. “We must continue to support the opportunities this premier research institution provides our students and our entire State.”

As Mississippi’s current Secretary of State, Hosemann has partnered with Mississippi State on a variety of projects including the SMART Business Act, which was enacted in 2013 to stimulate private investment in research and development through partnerships with public universities.

“From super computers to the political and public policy powerhouse of the Stennis Institute, Mississippi State is poised to help move our State forward with its knowledge, resources, and innovative spirit,” added Hosemann, a steadfast conservative who spent most of his career as a businessman in the private sector.

Hosemann’s platform touches several major areas centered on growing Mississippi’s economy. These include: refocusing on skills training and increasing the State’s educated workforce; reducing unnecessary regulations and streamlining state government; encouraging small business and start-up growth; shoring up aging infrastructure; and improving access to healthcare and improving health outcomes.

Hosemann announced his campaign for Lieutenant Governor in early January with a three-day tour to businesses in Vicksburg, Brookhaven, Columbus, DeSoto County, Greenwood, Hattiesburg, Meridian, Rankin County, Tupelo, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Since then, Hosemann and his wife, Lynn—along with campaign staff and dozens of volunteers—have been on the road participating in forums, roundtables, festivals, and other events across the State.

The Republican Primary Election in Mississippi is Tuesday, August 6, 2019. For more information about the campaign, visit www.delberthosemann.com.