|Charles Albert "Chuck" Younger|
Mississippi State Senator
for District 17 (Lowndes
and Monroe counties)
|Assumed office |
|Preceded by||Terry W. Brown|
|Born||August 11, 1963|
|Spouse(s)||Mildred Goodgame "Missy" Younger|
|Children||JoAnna, Charles, and Michael Younger|
|Alma mater|| Heritage Academy|
East Mississippi Community College
Charles Albert Younger, known as Chuck Younger (born August 11, 1963), is a farmer and rancher from Columbus in Lowndes County, Mississippi, who has been since 2014 the Republican state senator for District 17 in Lowndes and Monroe counties in the northeastern portion of his state.
Younger graduated from Heritage Academy, a private college-preparatory school in Columbus, and attended East Mississippi Community College in Scooba in Kemper County and Mississippi State University at Starkville. He is a member of First Baptist Church of Columbus, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Gideon's International, an organization which distributes Bibles in public places. He is also affiliated with the Prairie Land Water Association and the Mississippi Cattlemen's Association, and is a board member of the Lowndes County Farm Bureau. Younger and his wife, Missy have three children, JoAnna, Charles Colton, and Michael Albert Younger.
Younger won a special election on November 25, 2014 to succeed fellow Republican Terry W. Brown, who died of cancer while serving in the state Senate. In that contest, Younger defeated Robert A. "Bobby" Patrick, Jr., a Republican, though Mississippi special elections are officially non-partisan. On August 4, 2015, Younger again defeated Patrick, this time in the Republican primary, 4,620 (64.4 percent) to 2,551 (35.6 percent). He then ran without opposition in the November 3 general election.
Younger sits on these Senate committees: (1) County Affairs (chairman), (2) Agriculture, (3) Appropriations, (4) Economic Development, (5) Environmental Protection, Conservation, and Water Resources, (6) Forestry, (7) Highways and Transportation, (8) Housing, (9) Medicaid, and (10) Public Health and Welfare.
In 2016, Senator Younger voted to prohibit state funding for the large abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, and he voted against dismemberment abortions. He voted to expand the list of exemptions for compulsory school vaccinations. He supported the bill to guarantee within Mississippi protections for religious beliefs and matters of moral conscience. In 2017, Younger co-sponsored the prohibition against local governments pursuing sanctuary city policies. He supported the legislation which authorizes additional methods of execution in Mississippi and co-sponsored the measure to declare as a hate crime the targeting of law-enforcement officers by the lawless element. He voted to retain aprivate contractor to audit Medicaid.
Other Mississippi Republican state senators (incomplete listing):
- Chris Caughman
- Dennis DeBar
- Sally Doty
- Joey Fillingane
- Angela Hill
- Billy Hudson
- Dean Kirby
- Philip Moran
- Joseph Seymour
- Michael Watson
- ↑ Charles Younger Haney. Billstatus.ls.state.ms.us. Retrieved on October 16, 2017.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Charles Younger's Biography. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on October 16, 2017.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Charles Younger. Ballotpedia.org. Retrieved on October 16, 2017.
- ↑ General election returns. Mississippi Secretary of State (November 3, 2015). Retrieved on October 16, 2017.
- ↑ Charles Younger's Voting Records. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on October 16, 2017.