C ory Wilson has decided the time is right to throw his hat into the ring for the new state House seat in Madison County.
A native of Moss Point, Cory was valedictorian of his high school graduating class, and went on to graduate summa cum laude from the Ole Miss School of Business, and a law degree from Yale Law School in 1995. He began his law career clerking for a federal appeals court judge, and then on to the practice of law with 2 major Mississippi law firms for the next 12 years.
In 2005, he was selected as one of 12 White House Fellows, and served from 2005 to 2006 as special assistant to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. In that capacity, he was able to travel throughout the U.S., Europe, North Africa, and Latin America. Back home in Mississippi, he served for 3 years as Chief of Staff for Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hoseman, managing the day to day operations of the agency, including election issues.
He currently serves as Senior Advisor and Counsel to Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch, as well as serving of counsel to the law firm of Heidelberg, Steinberger, Colmer, & Burrow.
While he maintains a love for the coastal region where he grew up, Cory now has his feet (and his family) planted solidly in Madison County, where he is active in many community and civic affairs.
“I’m definitely a pro-business guy”, he said in a recent conversation. “And I know that Madison County has a bright future in our state. It’s a great place to live and do business.”
Cory has, as he explains, “a true passion for this state and its people”, and he thinks we in Mississippi are too prone to “sell ourselves short”.
He acknowledges that Mississippi does have serious problems, primarily due to “poverty and lack of resources”.
“But I do see all of that changing,” he said. “There are great things on the horizon for this state, in terms of manufacturing, international trade, and business growth overall.”
From his point of view, Mississippi has many strong points, including “land, water, energy, and a great labor force.”
“I’ve been in 49 of the 50 states,” he said, “and I’ve never seen anywhere with so much a sense of place as Mississippi. Our people definitely have the fighting spirit it takes to win.”
Cory defines himself as “a guy who believes that if you fix the small things, the big things will take care of themselves. If each of us will just take ownership of our lives, and move forward, there’s no stopping us.”
He sees service in the Mississippi House as a key way to help make those small things happen, particularly in education and business.
“I think my background in law and public service gives me a great foundation to serve in elected office,” he said.
Defining himself as a candidate with a strong conservative philosophy, he is confident he can serve the voters of the new House District 73 in Madison County, and “make a real difference in this state.”
With his level of enthusiasm and energy, one can predict that Cory Wilson may indeed have a bright future in Mississippi politics.
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