|Nickname||The Magnolia State|
|Governor||Phil Bryant, R|
|Senator||Thad Cochran, R |
|Senator||Roger Wicker, R |
|Ratification of Constitution/or statehood||December 10, 1817 (20th)|
|Motto: "Virtute et armis" (By valor and arms)|
Mississippi is located in the South of the United States and on December 10, 1817 became the twentieth state to enter the Union. Mississippi was once a member of the Confederate States of America. The capital of Mississippi is Jackson which is also its largest city. The current governor of Mississippi is Haley Barbour, a Republican. It was the third most obese state in 2011.
The state Constitution of Mississippi, like all of the other 50 states, acknowledges God or our Creator or the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe. It says:
- We, the people of Mississippi in convention assembled, grateful to Almighty God, and invoking his blessing on our work, do ordain and establish this constitution.
- Sen. Thad Cochran (R)
- Sen. Roger Wicker (R)
- Rep. Trent Kelly [R, MS-01]
- Rep. Bennie Thompson [D, MS-02]
- Rep. Gregg Harper [R, MS-03]
- Rep. Steven Palazzo [R, MS-04]
- Governor Haley Barbour (R)
- Lt. Governor Phil Bryant (R)
- Attorney General Jim Hood (D)
- Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann (R)
- State Auditor Stacey Pickering (R)
- State Treasurer Tate Reeves (R)
Although Mississippi's economy has traditionally been heavily agriculture-based, the state has experienced some industrial growth in recent years. The economy near the southern coastline of the state was severely disrupted by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Mississippi is currently the most impoverished state in the Union, with 20% of the populace under the poverty line and a $36,000 median salary.
Mississippi's public universities include:
- Alcorn State University
- Delta State University
- Jackson State University
- Mississippi State University (MSU)
- Mississippi University for Women (now a co-ed university)
- Mississippi Valley State University
- University of Mississippi (also has a law and medical school)
- University of Southern Mississippi
Private universities include:
- Belhaven College (affiliated with the conservative Presbyterian Church (PCA))
- Blue Mountain College
- Millsaps College
- Mississippi College (Ole Miss)
- Rust College
- Tougaloo College
- William Carey University
Notable people from Mississippi
- Ellis Bodron, member of both houses of the Mississippi state legislature from 1948 to 1984; lost U. S. House race in 1972 to Republican Thad Cochran.
- Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre is from Kiln.
- Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest was from Mississippi.
- Erle Johnston, former director of the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission, journalist, and mayor of Forest, Mississippi
- Actor James Earl Jones was born in Arkabutla.
- Former United States Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott represented Mississippi in the Senate from 1989 to 2007.
- James Meredith made headlines as the first African-American student at the University of Mississippi in 1962.
- H. L. Merideth was a state representative from from 1960 to 1992, who introduced riverboat gambling into the state.
- Oprah Winfrey was born in Kosciusko.
- Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo.
- Muppets creator Jim Henson was born in Greenville.