|Joseph Michael "Mike" Seymour|
Mississippi State Senator
for District 47 (Jackson, Pearl River
and Stone counties)
|Assumed office |
|Preceded by||Tony Smith|
|Born||April 15, 1959|
|Spouse(s)||Kerri Jo Husley Seymour|
|Children||Danial, Jeramy, Joshua, and Jared Seymour3|
|Alma mater|| St. Martin High School|
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
Joseph Michael Seymour, also known as Mike Seymour (born April 15, 1959), is a businessman from Vancleave, Mississippi, who has since 2016 represented District 47 in the Mississippi State Senate. A Republican, his district includes Jackson, Pearl River, and Stone counties in the Gulf Coast portion of his state|publisher.
Seymour graduated from St. Martin High School in Ocean Springs in Jackson and attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston. He is self-employed. He is married to the former Kerri Husley. He is a Baptist.
In 2003, Seymour ran unsuccessful for the state Senate, but he rebouded with victory in 2015 when the incumbenty Republican Tony Smith did not seek reelection. Seymour defeated Mike Tyson in the Republican runoff primary and won the general election on November 3 over the Democrat Jimmy Lamar "Bo" Alawine of Ocean Springs, 8,420 (76.3 percent) to 2,609 (23.7 percent).
Seymour is the vice chairman of the Senate Ports and Marine Resources Committee and sits on these committees: (1) Agriculture, (2) Appropriations, (3) County Affairs, (4) Environmental Protection, Conservation, and Water Resources, (5) Executive Contingent Fund, (6) Forestry, and (7) Public Property.
In 2016, Senator Seymour voted to prohibit state funds to the large abortion provider, Planned Parenthood. He supported HB 1523, which attempts to guarantee within Mississippi protections for religious beliefs and matters of moral conscience in regard to Christians being mandated to service homosexual activities. He co-sponsored the bill that prohibits local governments in Mississippi from establishing sanctuary city policies. In 2017, he backed the legislation which authorizes additional methods of execution in Mississippi and co-sponsored another 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
- Angela Hill
- Billy Hudson
- Dean Kirby
- Philip Moran
- Michael Watson
- Charles Younger
- ↑ Joseph M (Mike) Seymour. Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi. Retrieved on June 15, 2021.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Philip Moran. Billstatus.ls.state.ms.us. Retrieved on October 18, 2017.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Joseph Seymour's Biography. Retrieved on October 17, 2017.
- ↑ Joseph Seymour. Ballotpedia.org. Retrieved on October 18, 2017.
- ↑ Joseph Seymour's Voting Records. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on October 18, 2017.