Governor Phil Bryant's Public Statements

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The Republic - After a Term as Lt. Governor, Republican Bryant Seeks to Move Up to Top Elected Post in Miss. 11/17/14 Governor Bryant Releases FY 2016 Executive Budget Recommendation 11/14/14 ALGIX Holds Grand Opening of New SOLAPLAST Facility in Marion, Miss. 10/23/14 Villa International Locating Operations in Belmont, Miss. 10/21/14 Mars Food North America Expanding in Greenville, Miss. 10/15/14 Ice Industries Expanding Operations in Grenada, Miss. 10/10/14 Innpack, Inc. Locating Operations in Olive Branch, Miss. 10/07/14 Calbee North America Locates Operations in Senatobia, Miss. 10/02/14 Mississippi Named Best State to Practice Medicine by Physician's Practice 9/30/14 Columbia Parachute Company Expanding Operations in Columbia, Miss. 9/29/14 Avectus Healthcare Solutions Expanding in Corinth, Miss. 9/26/14 Williams-Sonoma, Inc. Expanding Distribution Center in Olive Branch, Miss., Creating 900 Jobs 9/26/14 Gov. Phil Bryant Encourages Mississippians to Participate in 42nd National Hunting and Fishing Day 9/15/14 Gov. Bryant Sets Special Election Date for Senate District 17 9/11/14 Gov. Phil Bryant Issues State of Emergency for DeSoto County Following Severe Storms and Flooding 9/10/14 Newport Home Furnishings Expanding Operations in New Albany, Miss. 9/09/14 Mississippi One of Seven States to Receive Top Grade for Telemedicine 9/09/14 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - Promoting a Reliable, Affordable Energy Policy 9/02/14 HomeStretch, Inc. Expanding Operations in Nettleton, Miss. 8/29/14 Gov. Bryant Comments on Hurricane Katrina Ninth Anniversary 8/21/14 Chevron Celebrates Completion of Base Oil Project in Pascagoula, Miss. 8/07/14 Mississippi Leaders Advocate Growth of LNG Export Market 8/07/14 Philips Lighting Expanding Operations in Tupelo, Miss. 7/31/14 Sun Herald - Age Is Just a Number and a Spot of Tea: Senate Speeches Headline Neshoba 7/29/14 Governor Bryant Comments on Fifth Circuit Ruling Regarding HB 1390 7/22/14 Moon River Foods Creating 100 Jobs in Mississippi Delta 7/22/14 Governor Bryant Comments on Halbig v. Burwell Obamacare Ruling 7/18/14 Letter to Barack Obama, President - Illegal Immigration 7/18/14 Gov. Bryant Appoints Kathy Henry to Mississippi Parole Board 7/18/14 MTM, Inc. Locating Medical Transportation and Call Center Operations in Jackson, Miss. 7/07/14 BorgWarner Expanding Operations in Water Valley, Miss. 7/07/14 BorgWarner Expanding Operations in Water Valley, Miss. 7/07/14 Green Bay Converting Locating Operations, 300 Jobs in Hattiesburg, Miss. 7/02/14 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." 7/01/14 Mississippi Unveils New State Seal 6/30/14 Laws Passed During 2014 Legislative Session Set to Take Effect 6/30/14 Governor Bryant Comments on Hobby Lobby Ruling 6/16/14 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - Pursue Reasonable Energy Policy 5/19/14 National Mobile Disaster Hospital Opens in Louisville, Filling Critical Medical Needs 5/06/14 Gov. Phil Bryant Calls Special Legislative Session to Address Disaster Needs 4/28/14 Governor Bryant Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Severe Weather 4/28/14 CNN "Erin Burnett Outfront" - Transcript: Tornadoes in Mississippi 4/28/14 CNN "The Situation Room" - Transcript: Tornadoes in Mississippi 4/25/14 Gov. Phil Bryant Awarded NRA Defender of Freedom Award 4/23/14 Gov. Bryant Signs Measure to Ban Abortions At 20 Weeks 4/22/14 Governor Phil Bryant Signs Teacher Pay Raise into Law 4/17/14 Gov. Phil Bryant, Toyota Officials Celebrate Production of First Corolla to be Exported from Blue Springs, Miss., Facility 4/16/14 Gov. Phil Bryant Signs Measures to Protect Mississippi's Right to Work Status 4/03/14 Governor Bryant Signs Senate Bill 2681 Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act 4/02/14 Governor Bryant Signs Bill Giving Mississippi Sportsmen Annual Tax Holdiays