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Former Bryant chief of staff Lucien Smith returns to Balch & Bingham


Lucien Smith, Gov. Phil Bryant’s former chief of staff, has joined Balch & Bingham’s Jackson office as a partner in the Governmental Relations Section. Smith brings lengthy experience in government relations  from  serving as counsel to multiple Mississippi governors, as well as experience in business and financial litigation. Before working with Gov. Bryant, Smith was an attorney in Balch’s Jackson ...

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Bryant names Brookhaven’s John Davis to head DHS

Veteran human services professional John Davis has been promoted to executive director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services, replacing Ricky Berry, who is retiring Jan. 31. Gov. Phil Bryant announced the appointment Monday afternoon. Davis is a  Mississippi native with 24 years  in human services, including work on the local, regional and state level. He has served as the department’s deputy administrator for the last four years. Before that, he was ...

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Gov. Bryant fuels popularity with blue-collar conservatism

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JACKSON — Phil Bryant was at the front of the room Thursday before the Mississippi Economic Council, relishing being governor again. He pledged to support the business group’s call for higher road funding — but otherwise made no earth-shattering pronouncements. The 61-year-old was having fun, retelling the joke he uses to sum up reaching the state’s top office after a two-decade ...

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Bryant names new chief of staff as current chief leaves

Joey Songy

JACKSON — Joey Songy will be Gov. Phil Bryant’s new chief of staff as the Republican begins his second term. Bryant announced Monday that Lucien Smith, who has served as his chief of staff since December 2013, will leave the administration to become a private lawyer. Smith declined through Bryant spokesman Clay Chandler to say where he planned to work. ...

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Bryant appoints Chancery Judge Dawn Beam to Supreme Court

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Tenth District Chancery Judge Dawn Beam, a mother of five and former state child services attorney, has been selected by Gov. Phil Bryant to replace Justice Randy Pierce on the Mississippi Supreme Court. Pierce is leaving the high court Jan. 31. Beam will join the court Feb. 15 to fill Pierce’s unexpired term.  Beam’s term will run until the position ...

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Bryant elevates Judge Maxwell to Supreme Court

Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge James D. Maxwell II of Oxford has been appointed to the Mississippi Supreme Court effective Jan. 1. Gov. Phil Bryant announced the appointment Wednesday afternoon. Maxwell replaces former Justice David Chandler, whom  Bryant recently appointed executive director of the Mississippi Department of Family and Children’s Services. Maxwell, who lives in Oxford, has served on the ...

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Bryant nominating Collins to remain as adjutant general

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JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he intends to keep Maj. Gen. Augustus L. “Leon” Collins as the state adjutant general. In that role, Collins is head of the state Military Department and leads more than 12,275 members of the Mississippi Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. Bryant was re-elected in November and will be inaugurated for ...

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Bryant will require tax cuts to offset new road, bridge taxes


Staff and Wire JACKSON — Reacting to the Mississippi state chamber of commerce’s call for new fees and taxes to fund an annual $375 million to fix up decaying roads and bridges over a 10-year period, Gov. Phil Bryant insisted Friday that such tax increases must be offset by “by corresponding tax cuts.” Bryant did not indicate support for the proposals, ...

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Bryant reappoints Charlotte Corley banking commissioner


Gov. Phil Bryant has reappointed veteran banking regulator Charlotte Corley as banking commissioner. Bryant first appointed Corley, a Gulfport native and 30-year veteran of the Department of Banking & Consumer Finance, to head the department in November 2014. She replaced Jerry Wilson after his retirement. Wilson had taken over for longtime commissioner John Allison. Corley has been a banking regulator ...

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Gov. Bryant touts benefits of 12-nation free-trade agreement

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By JACK WEATHERLY  Gov. Phil Bryant says he hopes that the Trans-Pacific Partnership will be approved because he believes it will enhance Mississippi exporting. “I hope it’s approved, and I hope that we’re a strong part of it,” Bryant said in an interview after the annual Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Exporting program at the Jackson Convention Complex on Dec. ...

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