Honorable Delbert Hosemann-MS Secretary of State

The Rotary Club of Jackson was pleased to welcome the Honorable Delbert Hosemann, Mississippi Secretary of State.


President Neddie Winters called the meeting to order.  David Raddin led the invocation, Allan Cole led the pledge of allegiance and Neddie led the Four-Way test. 


The head table included Leann Thompson, Director of Compliance Mississippi Division of Medicaid, Leroy Walker of Ltment Enterprises, Ronnie Lott, Madison County Chancery Clerk and Jane Alexander, President/CEO of Community Foundation of Mississippi.


Jack Spradling held a trivia quiz about Rotary Education.


Leann Thompson introduced the Secretary of State.


Elected in November 2007, the Honorable Delbert Hosemann serves as Mississippi’s eighth

Secretary of State since 1900. He was re-elected to his third term in Office in 2015.

Secretary Hosemann is committed to serving the public with open and fair government. In the

short time since he was elected, he has worked tirelessly to ensure the integrity of Mississippi’s

vote, ethically manage state lands to guarantee the future for our children, and make our State more business-friendly and attractive for economic development.


Raised in Warren County, Mississippi, Secretary Hosemann comes to the position with a

background in Business and Taxation Law. He has his undergraduate degree in Business from

Notre Dame, a law degree from Ole Miss, and a Master of Laws in Taxation from New York

University. He is a former partner of Phelps Dunbar, LLP. Secretary Hosemann also served his

country in the United States Army Reserves.


Mr. Hosemann discussed the needs to Mississippi to attract business. The two main factors being an educated workforce and community support.  Additionally, employers are looking for three primary skills:  work ethic, honesty and communication.


Hosemann said a large deficit of businesses in their involvement with schools, grades K-12.  More than 50%of businesses are not connected to the schools, therefore have little input into what employers need from employees coming out of high school.  Currently our aging workplace is not being replenished and new employees are coming straight from high school without the skills necessary to fill jobs.


Hosemann highlighted what businesses need from Legislature, including:  reduced regulations and taxes, tax incentives for CTE, shore up road infrastructures, improving healthcare and support of public education.


Hosemann fielded questions and the meeting was adjourned.