I grew up – poor in dollars but rich in a strong family bond -- in rural Mississippi, and spent most of my adult life in public service representing some of the most economically disadvantaged regions in America. My first elected office was the county clerk of Jefferson Davis Country, and my last was representing that same region of Mississippi in the United States Congress. The constant over those 30 years, was always advocating for the poor.
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A native of Moselle, Mississippi, Ronnie was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1998 and served until 2003. He was an active member of the Congressional Blue Dog Caucus and served on the House Finance/Banking Committee. Ronnie is still an active alumni of the Blue Dogs and works closely on a number of initiatives with leaders in the House, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Early in his career, Ronnie was an educator, coach and farmer. He was then elected to local office as Circuit Clerk in Jefferson Davis County, MS and later to the Mississippi State Senate for eight years. Ronnie was elected and served for from 1988-1998 as Mississippi State Highway Director.
Ronnie is a well-liked and well-connected advocate for his clients in Washington and enjoys broad recognition as a respected professional from Democrats and Republicans alike. Additionally, Ronnie has traveled internationally as a select election observer in Africa and Asia. Ronnie and his wife, Johnnie Ruth, enjoy their children and grandchildren from their home in Bassfield, MS.
Ronnie holds degrees in education and political science from the University of Southern Mississippi.
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If two people have their feet set in concrete, neither can move very far. That is true in life and especially when serving in the United States Congress.
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