Governor of Mississippi
Haley Barbour is governor of Mississippi. In his eight years as governor, Barbour has worked to improve job creation, schools, health care, energy, and to build safer communities, in part by streamlining state programs and enacting comprehensive tort reform. He formed Momentum Mississippi, a group of business leaders dedicated to planning for long-term economic development. After Hurricane Katrina, Barbour took the lead helping Mississippians rebuild and recover through strengthening neighborhoods, reconstructing housing, and rebuilding the Port of Gulfport, which is a critical piece of the state’s economy. He was named Governor of the Year for 2006 by Washington, DC-based Governing magazine and received the 2008 Adam Smith Medal from BIPAC for his pursuit of the principles of free enterprise. His long political career has included posts as director of the White House Office of Political Affairs to President Ronald Reagan and chairman of the Republican National Committee, among other positions.
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