created to recognize those that help, by virtue of their position and talent, move the conversation in Mississippi forward. Mississippi is graced with tremendous talent in government, the political sphere, business, media and culture.
This is an annual list of the people judged to be the most influential leaders in the state. This bipartisan selection of leaders comes from the ranks of local, state and federal elected and appointed officials; political leaders; government affairs professionals; public policy advocates; economic development professionals; business leaders; media professionals and other leaders.
Thirty of the Top 50 are within the category of "Elected or Appointed Government Officials. That list was released yesterday. Of those thirty, four have Rankin County ties: Governor Phil Bryant, Lt. Governor Tate Reeves, Congressman Gregg Harper, and State Rep. Andy Gipson.
It's nice to have that kind of influence in Rankin County.