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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. 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.
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Generational Breakdown of the Mississippi State Legislature

Nearly 7% of members of the Mississippi House of Representatives are Millennials, while only 2% of members of the Mississippi State Senate are Millennials. The largest generation represented in the Mississippi State Legislature is the Baby Boomer Generation, comprising about 45% of both the Mississippi House of Representatives, and the Mississippi Senate. The generational breakdown of the legislature is unrepresentative of the generational breakdown of the state of Mississippi, where the largest generations are the Millennial Generation and Generation X. The largest generation represented in the Mississippi State Legislature is the Baby Boomer Generation, comprising only of about 19% of the Mississippi population.

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Generational Breakdown of the Mississippi House of Representatives
Generation

Number of Members

% of Total Members

Millennial Generation

8

6.56%

Generation X

38

31.15%

Baby Boomer Generation

53

43.44%

Silent Generation

11

9.02%

NA*

12

9.84%

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

  • The average age of the Mississippi House of Representatives is 56
  • The youngest member is 27 years old (Jeramey DeWayne Anderson )
  • The oldest member is 88 years old (William C. Denney Jr.)
  • Seven individuals are Young Elected Leaders
    • Jeramey DeWayne Anderson, age: 27 years old
    • Noah L. Sanford, age: 28 years old
    • Shane Barnett, age: 32 years old
    • Orlando W. Paden, age: 34 years old
    • Roun McNeal, age: 34 years old
    • Lataisha Jackson, age: 35 years old
    • Robert Foster, age: 35 years old

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Generational Breakdown of the Mississippi State Senate
Generation

Number of Members

% of Total Members

Millennial Generation

1

1.92%

Generation X

19

36.54%

Baby Boomer Generation

23

44.23%

Silent Generation

5

9.62%

NA*

4

7.69%

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

  • The average age of the Mississippi Senate is 58
  • The youngest member is 30 years old (Neil S. Whaley)
  • The oldest member is 88 years old (William C. Denny Jr.)
  • One individual is a Young Elected Leader
    • Neil S. Whaley, age: 30 years old

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Gender Breakdown of the Mississippi State Legislature

Approximately 14% of members of the Mississippi House of Representatives and about 17% of members of the Mississippi Senate are women. There is one female Young Elected Leader in the Mississippi House of Representatives.

 

Gender of Mississippi House of Representatives 

 

Gender by Generation in Mississippi House of Representatives 
Gender of Young Elected Leaders in the Mississippi House of Representatives 

There are 6 female Young Elected Leaders and 1 male Young Elected Leader in the Mississippi House of Representatives.

Gender of Mississippi State Senators

Gender by Generation in Mississippi State Senate

Gender of Young Elected Leaders in Mississippi State Senate

The only Young Elected Leader in the Mississippi State Senate is male.
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Ethnic Breakdown of the Mississippi State Legislature

Roughly 72% of members of the Mississippi House of Representatives are White/Caucasian, followed by 16.25% being Black/African-American. In the Mississippi State Senate, this trend remains consistent, with exactly 75% of members being White/Caucasian and 12.50% being Black/African-American.

 

Ethnicity of Mississippi House Representatives 

 

Ethnicity by Generation in Mississippi House of Representatives

 

Ethnicity of Young Elected Leaders in Mississippi House of Representatives 

Ethnicity

Number of Members
Black/African-American

3

White/Caucasian

4

 

Ethnicity of the Mississippi State Senators 

 

Ethnicity by Generation in Mississippi State Senate

 

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 7 Young Elected Leaders in the Mississippi House of Representatives, nearly half are Republican, while the other half are Democrats.

 

Partisanship of Mississippi House Representatives 

 

 

Partisanship by Generation of the Mississippi House of Representatives
 
Partisanship of Young Elected Leaders in the Mississippi House of Representatives 
Party Number of Members
Democrat

3

Republican

4

 

Partisanship of Mississippi State Senators

 

 

Partisanship by Generation of the Mississippi State Senate

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)

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

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

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