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Phil Bryant's Public Statements

Full Name: Phil Bryant
Office: Governor (MS), Republican
First Elected: 11/08/2011
Next Election: 2015
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Deborah: 2 Children
Birth Date: 12/09/1954
Birth Place: Moorhead, MS
Home City: Brandon, MS
Religion: United Methodist
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The Republic - After a Term as Lt. Governor, Republican Bryant Seeks to Move Up to Top Elected Post in Miss.
July 7, 2014 BorgWarner Expanding Operations in Water Valley, Miss.
July 7, 2014 Green Bay Converting Locating Operations, 300 Jobs in Hattiesburg, Miss.
July 2, 2014 Gov. Phil Bryant has named Gary Rikard to succeed Trudy Fisher as executive director of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. Fisher, who has served as executive director since 2007, has announced her intentions to return to the private sector at the end of the summer. "Trudy has worked tirelessly in her capacity as executive director, and I thank her for her service. Under her guidance, Mississippi has responded to significant environmental disasters, and she has ensured environmental protection while leading the agency to achieve speed and efficiency in its permitting process--something that sets Mississippi apart among economic competitors." Rikard, a partner with Butler Snow, LLP, has practiced environmental law since 1996, serving as senior attorney at MDEQ from 1996-1998. Prior to earning his law degree, he worked as an environmental engineer at MDEQ, specializing in permitting and water quality compliance issues. He served more than 22 years in the Mississippi National Guard, retiring with the rank of Major. During his service with the National Guard, he served as assistant staff judge advocate, acting as the primary legal officer for environmental matters. "I am very pleased to appoint Gary to lead the Department of Environmental Quality," Gov. Phil Bryant said. "He has the legal and technical expertise to ensure that Mississippi's environmental conservation and economic growth priorities are achieved in concert with one another. He has worked for the agency previously in both a legal and in an engineering capacity, and his experience has prepared him well to take on this leadership position." Rikard's specialized legal experience includes negotiating complex permitting and enforcement issues before the United States Environmental Protection Agency and representing MDEQ before the Mississippi Supreme Court. He is experienced in a wide array of state and federal environmental standards including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Mississippi Air and Water Pollution Control Law and the Mississippi Solid Waste Act. He holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Christian Brothers University, has completed graduate studies in environmental engineering at the University of Mississippi School of Engineering, and holds a juris doctor degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law. He is admitted to the Mississippi Bar and the Tennessee Bar. "I am grateful for the opportunity to serve in this capacity, and I am humbled by Gov. Bryant's choice and by his faith in me," Rikard said. "I look forward to the challenge and to leading an agency that is tasked with such an important mission."
July 1, 2014 Mississippi Unveils New State Seal
June 30, 2014 Laws Passed During 2014 Legislative Session Set to Take Effect
June 30, 2014 Governor Bryant Comments on Hobby Lobby Ruling
June 16, 2014 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - Pursue Reasonable Energy Policy
May 19, 2014 National Mobile Disaster Hospital Opens in Louisville, Filling Critical Medical Needs
May 6, 2014 Gov. Phil Bryant Calls Special Legislative Session to Address Disaster Needs
April 28, 2014 CNN "The Situation Room" - Transcript: Tornadoes in Mississippi
April 28, 2014 Governor Bryant Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Severe Weather
April 28, 2014 CNN "Erin Burnett Outfront" - Transcript: Tornadoes in Mississippi
April 25, 2014 Gov. Phil Bryant Awarded NRA Defender of Freedom Award
April 23, 2014 Gov. Bryant Signs Measure to Ban Abortions At 20 Weeks
April 22, 2014 Governor Phil Bryant Signs Teacher Pay Raise into Law
April 17, 2014 Gov. Phil Bryant, Toyota Officials Celebrate Production of First Corolla to be Exported from Blue Springs, Miss., Facility
April 16, 2014 Gov. Phil Bryant Signs Measures to Protect Mississippi's Right to Work Status
April 3, 2014 Governor Bryant Signs Senate Bill 2681 Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act
April 2, 2014 Governor Bryant Signs Bill Giving Mississippi Sportsmen Annual Tax Holdiays
April 2, 2014 Gov. Bryant Comments on 2014 Legislative Session
April 2, 2014 Gov. Bryant Calls Special Legislative Session to Address Need for Additional Prosecutors
March 31, 2014 Mississippi Enacts Comprehensive, Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reforms
March 26, 2014 Governor Bryant Signs Senate Bill 2571
March 26, 2014 Governor Bryant Signs TANF Reform Measure into Law
March 17, 2014 Mississippi Legislature Votes to Adopt "Right on Crime" Criminal Justice Reform Measures
March 17, 2014 Mississippi House Passes Funding for Trooper School
March 12, 2014 Mississippi Legislature Adopts TANF Reform Measure
March 12, 2014 Mississippi's Unemployment Rate Falls to Lowest Level Since November 2008
March 6, 2014 Mississippi Senate Adopts Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Measures
March 6, 2014 Letter to John Kerry, Secretary of State - Keystone XL Pipeline
Feb. 28, 2014 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - Army National Guard Cuts
Feb. 24, 2014 Gov. Bryant Named Delta Regional Authority State Co-Chair
Feb. 13, 2014 Scott County Superintendent, School Board Resign
Feb. 10, 2014 Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Measures Pass Full House
Feb. 10, 2014 Gov. Phil Bryant Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Winter Weather
Feb. 5, 2014 Governor Bryant Proclaims February Voter Registration Month
Feb. 4, 2014 Governor Bryant Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Severe Weather in Portions of Mississippi
Feb. 4, 2014 Mississippi Launches Cutting-Edge Website and Mobile App to Connect Employers and Job Seekers
Jan. 30, 2014 Gov. Phil Bryant Applauds Committee Passage of Measure to Use ACT as High School Exit Exam
Jan. 15, 2014 Gov. Phil Bryant Comments on Passage of House Bill 49
Jan. 14, 2014 Gov. Phil Bryant Comments on Proposed Anti-Gun Legislation
Jan. 6, 2014 Opportunity Mississippi: Governor Phil Bryant's Strategic Plan
Dec. 30, 2013 Mississippi Welcomed More than 6,200 New Jobs, $1.03 Billion in Private Sector Investment in 2013
Dec. 23, 2013 Letter to President Obama, Majority Leader Reid, Speaker Boehner, Minority Leader McConnell, and Minority Leader Pelosi - Clear Path for Trade and Investment
Dec. 20, 2013 Gov. Bryant Comments on Blue Cross-HMA Agreement to Reinstate 10 Hospitals
Dec. 17, 2013 Mississippi Announces Plans to Better Protect Public Safety and Cut Corrections Costs
Dec. 16, 2013 Gov. Bryant Issues Executive Order Affirming Mississippi's Right to Define its Own Public School Curricula
Dec. 11, 2013 Governor Bryant Announces "Year of the Creative Economy: Mississippi Homecoming"
Dec. 6, 2013 Gov. Bryant Comments on Sen. Cochran's Decision To Seek Re-Election
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