|Murrell Dean Kirby|
Mississippi State Senator
for District 30 (Rankin County)
|Assumed office |
|Born|| November 21, 1946|
|Spouse(s)||Jean Latham Kirby|
|Children|| Christopher Kirby|
|Alma mater|| Mississippi College|
LaSalle Extension University
Murrell Dean Kirby, known as Dean Kirby (born November 21, 1946), is an insurance agent from Pearl, Mississippi, who has since 1992 represented District 30 in the Mississippi State Senate. The district is located in suburban Rankin County near the capital city of Jackson.
Though a native of rural Lake City in Craighead County near Jonesboro, Arkansas, Kirby attended the Southern Baptist-affiliated Mississippi College in Clinton and received a Bachelor of Science from the Chicago-based LaSalle Extension University, an on-line organization. Since 1979, he has operated his insurance agency in Pearl. He is a member of the Rankin County Homebuilders Association, the Pearl and Rankin County chambers of commerce, the Exchange Club, Kiwanis International, and the Masonic lodge. He is a member of the conservative policy organization, the American Legislative Exchange Commission. He and his wife, the former Jean Latham, have three children, Christopher, Tara, and Tina, and six grandchildren. He is a Southern Baptist.
Kirby was chairman of the Rankin County Republican Party organization in 1977. He was first elected to the state Senate in November 1991, when Kirk Fordice became Mississippi's first Republican governor since Reconstruction. In his most recent general elections in 2011 and 2015, he ran without opposition.
Kirby chaired the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee and is vice chairman of the Finance Committee. He also sits on these committees: (1) Corrections, (2) Highways and Transportation, (3) Housing, (4) Insurance, (5) Interstate and Federal Cooperation, and Judiciary A.
In 2008 and again in 2012, Senator Kirby voted to require photo identification as a prerequisite to voting in Mississippi. In 2009, he voted to hike the cigarette tax. In 2010, he co-sponsored the establishment of charter schools in the state. In 2011, he voted to restrict employers in the hiring of illegal aliens. In 2013, he voted to require a physician's approval for the dispensing of abortion prescriptions. In 2014, he voted to prohibit crisis pregnancy centers from advocating abortion and to forbid abortions in Mississippi after twenty weeks of gestation of the unborn. In 2016, Kirby voted to prohibit state funds to the large abortion provider, Planned Parenthood. He supported the bill to guarantee within Mississippi protections for religious beliefs and matters of moral conscience. In 2017, he 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 a private contractor to audit Medicaid.
Other Mississippi Republican state senators (incomplete listing):
- Chris Caughman
- Dennis DeBar
- Sally Doty
- Joey Fillingane
- Billy Hudson
- Philip Moran
- Joseph Seymour
- Michael Watson
- Charles Younger
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- General election returns. Mississippi Secretary of State (November 3, 2015). Retrieved on October 17, 2017.
- Dean Kirby's Voting Records. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on October 16, 2017.