Brent Powell

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Brent Lee Powell


Mississippi State Representative
for District 59 (Rankin County) 
Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 2013
Preceded by Kevin McGee

Born February 8, 1969
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Citizenship American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Natasha Goff Powell
Children Blake and Mattie Powell 
Residence Brandon
Rankin County
Mississippi
Alma mater North Rankin High School

Mississippi State University

Occupation Real estate broker

Forester

Religion United Methodist

Brent Lee Powell (born February 8, 1969), is a real estate broker and forester from Brandon, Mississippi, who is a Republican state representative for District 59, which encompasses suburban Rankin County near the capital city of Jackson.[1]

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.[2]

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.[3] Powell ran unopposed for a full term in the general election held on November 3, 2015.[4] 

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.[2] 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.[5]

See also

Other Mississippi Republican state House members:

References

  1. Brent Powell. Billstatus.ls.state.ms.us. Retrieved on October 12, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Brent Powell's Biography. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on October 12, 2017.
  3. Rep. Kevin McGee Resigns Mississippi House Seat Over Ethics Case. Jackson Free Press (November 19, 2012). Retrieved on October 12, 2017.
  4. General election returns. Mississippi Secretary of State (November 3, 2015). Retrieved on October 12, 2017.
  5. Brent Powell's  Voting Record. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on October 12, 2017.