|Brent Lee Powell|
Mississippi State Representative
for District 59 (Rankin County)
|Assumed office |
|Preceded by||Kevin McGee|
|Born|| February 8, 1969|
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
|Spouse(s)||Natasha Goff Powell|
|Children||Blake and Mattie Powell|
|Alma mater|| North Rankin High School|
Mississippi State University
|Occupation|| Real estate broker|
Brent Lee Powell (born February 8, 1969), is a real estate broker and forester from Brandon, Mississippi, who has been since 2013 a Republican state representative for District 59, which encompasses suburban Rankin County near the capital city of Jackson.
A native of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Powell graduated from North Rankin High School in Flowood in Rankin County and Mississippi State University at Starkville. Since 2005, he has been a broker for Statement Properties in Brandon. He is also the president of Mid-South Forest Products and a director for Powell Petroleum Oil and Gas. He is affiliated with Saint Matthew's United Methodist Church in Madison, Mississippi.
On January 12, 2013, Powell won a special election for state House District 59 with 51.5 percent over three opponents. The position opened when Republican Representative Kevin McGee resigned on November 19, 2012, and paid a $10,000 fine after his criminal prosecution in an ethics case regarding public contracts that went to his family's printing business. Powell ran unopposed for a full term in the general election held on November 3, 2015.
Powell serves on these House committees: (1) Agriculture (chairman), (2) Conservation and Water Resources, (3) Education, (4) Forestry, (5) Marine Resources, (6) Military Affairs, (7) Transportation, and Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. In 2014, Representative Powell voted to increase teacher salaries. That same year he voted to prohibit abortions after twenty weeks of gestation. In 2016, he voted against dismemberment abortions and backed the measure to expand exemptions for compulsory school vaccinations. He voted to grant civil and criminal immunity to those reporting what they believe are instances of terrorism. He supported legislation to permit churches to have designated personnel with firearms for the overall protection of the congregation. He voted to guarantee protections for religious beliefs and matters of moral conscience. In 2017, he supported the legislation which authorizes additional methods of execution in Mississippi and co-sponsored the measure to classify the killing of first responders as first-degree murder.
Other Mississippi Republican state House members:
- William Tracy Arnold
- Dana Criswell
- Steve Hopkins
- Trey Lamar
- Shane Aguirre
- Jeff Hale
- Dan Eubanks
- Robert Foster
- Ashley Henley
- Rob Roberson
- Karl Oliver
- Bill Kinkade
- Vince Mangold
- Cory Wilson
- William Shirley
- Shane Barnett
- Chris Johnson
- Noah Sanford
- Timmy Ladner
- Patricia Willis
- Brad Touchstone
- Roun McNeal
- Doug McLeod
- Charles Busby
- Scott DeLano
- Greg Haney
- Brent Powell. Billstatus.ls.state.ms.us. Retrieved on October 12, 2017.
- Brent Powell's Biography. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on October 12, 2017.
- Rep. Kevin McGee Resigns Mississippi House Seat Over Ethics Case. Jackson Free Press (November 19, 2012). Retrieved on October 12, 2017.
- General election returns. Mississippi Secretary of State (November 3, 2015). Retrieved on October 12, 2017.
- Brent Powell's Voting Record. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on October 12, 2017.