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The Mississippi State Legislature

  1. Mississippi Demographic Background
  2. About the Mississippi State Legislature
  3. Generational Breakdown of the Mississippi State Legislature
  4. Gender Breakdown of the Mississippi State Legislature
  5. Ethnic Breakdown of the Mississippi State Legislature
  6. Partisan Breakdown of the Mississippi State Legislature
  7. Notes

 

 

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Mississippi Demographic Background

The largest generations in Mississippi are the Millennial Generation and Generation X, each consisting of about 21% of the population.1, 3 The smallest generation is the Silent Generation, consisting of about 10% of the population. About 57% of people in Mississippi are White, 37% are Black or African American, 3% are Hispanic or Latino, and less than 1% are Asian.2

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About the Mississippi State Legislature

The Legislature consists of two chambers: a 52-member Senate and a 122-member House of Representatives.  The most recent election for the State Legislature was in 2015. The next election will take place November 5, 2019.
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Generational Breakdown of the Mississippi State Legislature

The average age of a Mississippi state legislator is 57.3 years. The largest generation represented in the legislature are Baby Boomers, followed by Generation X. Both generations are overrepresented in comparison to the makeup of the state’s population. Less than 6% of all legislators are Millennials, making it the smallest generation in the legislature. Almost 10% belong to the Silent Generation. Six legislators are Young Elected Leaders age 35 or younger.

 

 

Mississippi Legislature Generational Composition Bar Chart

 

 

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Generational Breakdown of the Mississippi House of Representatives
Generation

Number of Members

% of Total Members

Millennial Generation

9

7.43%

Generation X

40

33.06%

Baby Boomer Generation

54

44.63%

Silent Generation

12

9.92%

NA*

6

5.00%

Note: *Indicates state legislators for whom there is no birth date on record.

  • The average age of the Mississippi House of Representatives is 56.7
  • The youngest member is 27 years old (Jeramey DeWayne Anderson )
  • The oldest member is 88 years old (William C. Denney Jr.)
  • Five individuals are Young Elected Leaders
    • Jeramey DeWayne Anderson, age: 27 years old
    • Noah L. Sanford, age: 29 years old
    • Shane Barnett, age: 32 years old
    • Orlando W. Paden, age: 34 years old
    • Roun McNeal, age: 34 years old

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Generational Breakdown of the Mississippi State Senate
Generation

Number of Members

% of Total Members

Millennial Generation

1

1.96%

Generation X

20

39.22%

Baby Boomer Generation

23

45.10%

Silent Generation

5

9.80%

NA*

2

3.90%

Note: *Indicates state legislators for whom there is no birth date on record.

  • The average age of the Mississippi Senate is 58.9
  • The youngest member is 31 years old (Neil S. Whaley)
  • The oldest member is 86 years old (David Lee Jordan)
  • One individual is a Young Elected Leader
    • Neil S. Whaley, age: 31 years old

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Gender Breakdown of the Mississippi State Legislature

Women are vastly underrepresented in the legislature: Approximately 12.5% of members of the Mississippi House of Representatives and about 17.6% of members of the Mississippi Senate are women. Female legislators are on average almost 3 years younger than their male colleagues. All 6 Young Elected Leaders in the legislature are male.

 

Gender of the Mississippi House of Representatives 
Mississippi House Gender Composition bar chart

 

 

Gender by Generation in the Mississippi House of Representatives 
Mississippi House Gender by Generation bar chart

 

 

Gender of the Mississippi State Senate

Mississippi Senate Gender Composition Bar Chart

 

Gender by Generation in Mississippi State Senate

Mississippi Senate Gender by Generation Bar Chart
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Ethnic Breakdown of the Mississippi State Legislature

The majority of the Mississippi legislature is White/Caucasian (68.6%). Almost 50 legislators, 27.9%, are Black/African American. One legislator identifies as Hispanic/Latino and one as other/multiple ethnicities. There are 4 legislators for which we do not have information on their ethnic background.

 

 

Ethnicity of the Mississippi House Representatives 

Mississippi House Ethnic Composition bar chart

 

 

Ethnicity by Generation in the Mississippi House of Representatives
Mississippi House Ethnicity by Generation Bar Chart

 

 

Ethnicity of Young Elected Leaders in the Mississippi House of Representatives 

Ethnicity

Number of Members
Black/African-American

2

White/Caucasian

3

 

 

Ethnicity of the Mississippi State Senate

Mississippi Senate Ethnic Composition bar chart

 

 

Ethnicity by Generation in Mississippi State Senate

Mississippi Senate Ethnicity by Generation Bar Chart

 

 

Ethnicity of Young Elected Leaders in Mississippi State Senate

The only Young Elected Leader in the Mississippi State Senate is White/Caucasian.
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Partisan Breakdown of the Mississippi State Legislature

A majority of the members of the Mississippi House of Representatives and Mississippi State Senate are Republican. Out of the 6 Young Elected Leaders in the Mississippi state legislature, two are Republicans, while the other 4 are Democrats.

 

 

Partisanship of the Mississippi House Representatives Mississippi House Partisanship Bar Chart

 

 

Partisanship by Generation of the Mississippi House of Representatives

Mississippi House Partisanship by Generation bar chart

 

 

Partisanship of the Mississippi State Senate

Mississippi Senate Partisanship bar chart

 

 

Partisanship by Generation of the Mississippi State Senate

Mississippi Senate Partisanship by Generation bar chart

 

Partisanship of Young Elected Leaders in Mississippi State Senate

The only Young Elected Leader in the Mississippi State Senate is a Republican.
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Notes

The Young Elected Leaders Project collects and analyzes data on young elected officials across the country.  We define Young Elected Leaders as officials 35 years and younger. We define the generations following the Pew Research Center:

  • Millennial Generation: 1981-1996 (age 22-37)
  • Generation X: 1965-1980 (age 38-53)
  • Baby Boom Generation: 1946-1964 (age 54-72)
  • Silent Generation: 1928-1945 (age 73-90)

2 Demographic and Housing Estimates (Age, Sex, Race, Households and Housing, …) 2017, US Census.

Single Years of Age and Sex, 2010, US Census.

This analysis is based on data from May 2019 and was conducted on May 26, 2019.

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