New Chairman at Mississippi Republican Party:

Brad White Brings New Energy and Grassroots Experience to MSGOP

From: News Release   Filed 9/8/08  GCN


Jackson, Miss – The Mississippi Republican Party is now under the leadership of grassroots oriented Brad White.  White, age 31 of Simpson County, is also the youngest chairman in Mississippi Republican Party history.

“My job will be to recruit, train, and promote Republican candidates and to ensure they have the resources and grassroots support to win on the local and statewide levels,” White said.  “We are the party of ideas and I want everyone who shares our values and vision for the future to know they have a home in the Republican Party.”

White was elected chairman at the Mississippi Republican Party State Convention in May of this year, after serving as Chairman of Candidate Recruitment and also Get-Out-The-Vote Director for the 2007 elections.  However, the party postponed the beginning of his term so outgoing chairman Jim Herring could serve as chairman of the Credentials Committee at the Republican National Convention.  Herring, a former Mississippi appeals court justice and a Canton attorney, served as chairman from 2001 until Thursday night.  White congratulated Herring saying, “While he was chairman, Mississippi Republicans accomplished many victories and I hope to contribute to more successes in the future.”

White began working in politics at the age of fourteen when he served as President of the Simpson County Teenage Republicans and later as President of the Mississippi Teenage Republicans. He also founded the Copiah-Lincoln Community College chapter of College Republicans.

In 1996, at the age of nineteen, White was elected the youngest Mississippi Republican county chairman.  Under his leadership, Simpson County quadrupled turnout for the local Republican Primary, switched Democratic elected officials to the GOP, and ushered in the first locally elected Republican officials. 

Previously White served as President of both the Mendenhall Area Chamber of Commerce and the Simpson County Development Foundation.  The Mendenhall Area Chamber of Commerce named White “Citizen of the Year” in 2006.

As chairman, White will serve with the Mississippi Republican Party National Committeewoman Cindy Phillips of Madison and National Committeeman Henry Barbour of Yazoo City as a member of the Republican National Committee.  White will continue serving as executive director of the Mississippi Republican Party, a staff position he has held since January.

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