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Phil Bryant's Public Statements

Office: Governor (MS), Republican
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Jan. 9, 2015 Gov. Bryant Activates State Disaster Housing Assistance for Tornado Survivors
Jan. 8, 2015 Public Assistance Approved for Marion County Following Severe Storms and Tornadoes
Jan. 8, 2015 Raybern Foods to Relocate Manufacturing Operations to Tupelo, Miss.
Dec. 22, 2014 Mississippi Ranks #7 Nationally in National Board Certified Teachers; 198 added in 2013-2014
Dec. 9, 2014 Governor Bryant Creates Human Trafficking Task Force
Dec. 2, 2014 FNC Breaks Ground on New Headquarters in Oxford, Miss.
Nov. 20, 2014 Gov. Bryant Named Chair-Elect of Jobs for America's Graduates
Nov. 17, 2014 Governor Bryant Releases FY 2016 Executive Budget Recommendation
Nov. 14, 2014 ALGIX Holds Grand Opening of New SOLAPLAST Facility in Marion, Miss.
Oct. 23, 2014 Villa International Locating Operations in Belmont, Miss.
Oct. 21, 2014 Mars Food North America Expanding in Greenville, Miss.
Oct. 15, 2014 Ice Industries Expanding Operations in Grenada, Miss.
Oct. 10, 2014 Innpack, Inc. Locating Operations in Olive Branch, Miss.
Oct. 7, 2014 Calbee North America Locates Operations in Senatobia, Miss.
Oct. 2, 2014 Mississippi Named Best State to Practice Medicine by Physician's Practice
Sept. 30, 2014 Columbia Parachute Company Expanding Operations in Columbia, Miss.
Sept. 29, 2014 Avectus Healthcare Solutions Expanding in Corinth, Miss.
Sept. 26, 2014 Gov. Phil Bryant Encourages Mississippians to Participate in 42nd National Hunting and Fishing Day
Sept. 26, 2014 Williams-Sonoma, Inc. Expanding Distribution Center in Olive Branch, Miss., Creating 900 Jobs
Sept. 15, 2014 Gov. Bryant Sets Special Election Date for Senate District 17
Sept. 11, 2014 Gov. Phil Bryant Issues State of Emergency for DeSoto County Following Severe Storms and Flooding
Sept. 10, 2014 Newport Home Furnishings Expanding Operations in New Albany, Miss.
Sept. 9, 2014 Mississippi One of Seven States to Receive Top Grade for Telemedicine
Sept. 2, 2014 HomeStretch, Inc. Expanding Operations in Nettleton, Miss.
Aug. 21, 2014 Chevron Celebrates Completion of Base Oil Project in Pascagoula, Miss.
Aug. 7, 2014 Mississippi Leaders Advocate Growth of LNG Export Market
Aug. 7, 2014 Philips Lighting Expanding Operations in Tupelo, Miss.
July 29, 2014 Governor Bryant Comments on Fifth Circuit Ruling Regarding HB 1390
July 22, 2014 Moon River Foods Creating 100 Jobs in Mississippi Delta
July 18, 2014 MTM, Inc. Locating Medical Transportation and Call Center Operations in Jackson, Miss.
July 18, 2014 Gov. Bryant Appoints Kathy Henry to Mississippi Parole Board
July 7, 2014 Green Bay Converting Locating Operations, 300 Jobs in Hattiesburg, Miss.
July 7, 2014 BorgWarner Expanding Operations in Water Valley, Miss.
July 7, 2014 BorgWarner Expanding Operations in Water Valley, 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
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 Governor Bryant Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Severe Weather
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 2, 2014 Gov. Bryant Comments on 2014 Legislative Session
April 2, 2014 Gov. Bryant Calls Special Legislative Session to Address Need for Additional Prosecutors
April 2, 2014 Governor Bryant Signs Bill Giving Mississippi Sportsmen Annual Tax Holdiays
March 31, 2014 Mississippi Enacts Comprehensive, Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reforms
March 26, 2014 Governor Bryant Signs Senate Bill 2571
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