My Pledge

We will face difficult challenges at both the state and national level in the coming years. Tough decisions will be made in terms of where we prioritize our efforts and how we allocate our limited resources. Listed below are the traits that will characterize my time as your public servant:

I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.


I will never place party affiliation, special interests or personal considerations above the needs and concerns of my fellow Mississippians or the long-term interests of the United States.

I will always do my homework.


I will approach each challenge with an open mind and a critical eye. I will ensure that insights gained from experts in the field and people on the ground - including those impacted by proposed legislation - are purposefully integrated in our deliberations and decision-making process.

I am your public servant - fully accountable to you.


I will continually maintain open, deep and varied lines of communication. I will ensure your views and concerns are always heard and that the votes I cast, and the policies I pursue, are well understood. When not in session, I will stand before you in town halls and other venues to continue the conversations that are so vital to our democracy.

Same Oath, Same Commitment

Built to Serve, Committed to Lead

I took my first oath on July 1, 1994. Each time I reaffirmed that commitment, I did so with a deeper appreciation of the privilege and responsibility that comes with the oath. Public service is never about a title or special privileges. It is about honest conversations, shared sacrifices and principled stands. And, when you are no longer willing or able to shoulder that responsibility, it is about stepping aside.

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

Oath of Office

* The military information and photograph do not imply an endorsement by the Department of Defense or the U.S. Navy.


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