Lee Weiskopf, a Columbia native and Mississippi State graduate with extensive experience in state government policy development, has been chosen to direct Mississippi State University’s state government affairs efforts.
Weiskopf succeeds John Tomlinson who is retiring after a 29-year career representing MSU.
Weiskopf will work with top MSU administrators and state legislators to determine how taxpayer monies are allocated to institutions of higher learning. In addition, he will serve as a legislative and policy liaison to other state universities and colleges as system-wide initiatives are explored and developed.
Weiskopf was director of policy for Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves. Joining the lieutenant governor’s staff in January 2012, he was the primary contact in Reeves’ office for Appropriations, Finance, Insurance, Judiciary, Public Health and Transportation matters.
Prior to joining the Reeves staff, Weiskopf worked as a project director at MSU’s Social Science Research Center. He directed the Mississippi Public Safety Data Laboratory and Mississippi eCite Project, both in conjunction with the Mississippi Department of Public Safety and Mississippi Highway Patrol.
Weiskopf holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a Master of Public Policy and Administration from MSU.
Weiskopf and his wife, the former Amy Farnsworth, reside in Jackson with their daughter, Julia, and are active members of First Presbyterian Church. He serves on the Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development Advisory Board, as well as the Phi Delta Theta-Mississippi Beta Chapter Alumni Advisory Board. Weiskopf is a 2004 graduate of Columbia High School.
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