Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives – 1993-Present
Supervisor, Hinds County, MS Board of Supervisors – 1980-1993
Mayor, Town of Bolton, MS – 1973-1980
Alderman, Town of Bolton, MS – 1969-1973
This past year I hosted a bipartisan Rural Healthcare Summit with the University of Mississippi Medical Center. During that event, I invited healthcare professionals to engage in conversation and receive tools to help them save their hospitals. I will continue to work with state legislators, hospital officials, and community leaders to ensure that everyone has access to quality healthcare. Rural hospitals are an integral part of the rural healthcare system. We must make sure rural communities have the same access to healthcare as urban areas.
As a former schoolteacher in Hinds County Public Schools, I know firsthand how important education is to our state. It is my priority to do everything in my power to ensure that our children receive a quality education. I will continue to support legislation that supports our schools and provides funding for our schools in rural America. Our children deserve a world class education.
Money and politics shouldn't mix, but unfortunately in a lot of cases the two form together and the American people suffer at the hands of a few in office. Placing the needs of your constituency above distractions such as money, should be a priority.
Voter Engagement: I will continue to support efforts to improve voter engagement being that it is vitally essential to elections. As a student at Tougaloo College, I began my interest in politics by dedicating my time to organizing with voter registration. Our goal was to get citizens engaged and registered to vote, particularly in the Mississippi Delta. Many years later, as Congressman, my energy for voter engagement is no different.
Election Security: As Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, I have repeatedly work on bi-partisan efforts to make sure our elections are secure. Last year, I introduced the Election Security Act of 2019, which protects elections for public office by providing financial support and enhanced security for the infrastructure used to carry out such elections. In addition, I held a hearing with government and non-government stakeholders to address the issues surrounding election security entitled: "Road to 2020: Defending Against Election Inter
There are numerous areas where all Members of Congress should work together to solve issues that impact the nation. My voting record shows that in my time as Congressman is reflective of my efforts to work with my colleague across the aisle.
Over the past 27 years the people of the Second Congressional District have voted for me to represent them and advocate on their behalf. Over the years, I have fought tirelessly for the people of my district and they deserve nothing less than a Congressman who places their concerns and issues as a priority within the objectives of the United States Congress. Being a product and current citizen of MS-02, I am aware of the disparities and issues within our district and will continue to fight to combat those issues for my people.