Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus Nearly Unanimously Supporting Hillary Clinton

From Ouida Meruvia, Hillary Clinton 2016

Jackson, MS – More than 40 African-American legislative leaders in Mississippi today announced their support of Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary. These Senators and Representatives endorsed Clinton citing her commitment to underserved communities, especially the African American community.

“Hillary Clinton is the only candidate with a unique focus on delivering results for underserved communities,” said Representative Earle Banks. “Hillary has fought for and stood with African Americans for 40 years, going back to when she went undercover in Alabama to examine racial disparities in education. Now I’m proud to stand with her.”

“When Hillary Clinton was a young woman, she went to work for Marian Wright Edelman at the Children’s Defense Fund and immediately began to make a difference in the lives of African American families. She hasn’t stopped since,” said Representative Kimberly Campbell. “She helped enact the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which has provided coverage for 8 million children, including many in underserved communities. Now she wants to raise incomes, protect our voting rights, reform our broken criminal justice system and cut out of pocket health care costs for families. She’s the advocate we need in the White House, which is why I’m proud to support her.”

“In the fight for racial and social justice, there’s only one candidate running for President who will walk the walk, and it’s Hillary Clinton,” said Senator Derrick Simmons. “She has a long track record of delivering results for African American families, and she is the best candidate to defeat the Republicans who want to benefit those at the very top at the expense of everyone else, including communities of color.”

“Hillary Clinton has a lifetime record of breaking down barriers that hold people back, especially people of color,” said Representative Chris Bell. “Some candidates have been talking about the problems facing Black Americans for 40 days, but Hillary has been taking action for 40 years. She is the candidate we can trust to help families in Mississippi see rising incomes, and it’s why I am committed to helping her win the March 8 primary.”

The endorsement follows Clinton’s speech in Harlem on Tuesday where she outlined her agenda to break down all the barriers holding Americans back and to combat systemic racism and build ladders of economic opportunity for African American families.

Below is a list of supportive African-American legislative leaders in Mississippi.

· Senator Albert Butler · Senator David Jordan · Senator Hillman Frazier · Senator John Horhn · Senator Sampson Jackson II · Senator Robert Jackson · Senator Derrick Simmons · Senator Willie Simmons · Senator Angela Turner · Senator Tammy Witherspoon · Representative Jeramey Anderson · Representative Willie L. Bailey · Representative Earle S. Banks · Representative Chris Bell · Representative Edward Blackmon Jr. · Representative Cedric Burnett · Representative Credell Calhoun · Representative Kimberly Campbell · Representative Bryant W. Clark · Representative Alyce Griffin Clarke · Representative Linda F. Coleman · Representative Oscar Denton · Representative Jarvis Dortch · Representative John G. Faulkner · Representative Karl Gibbs · Representative John W. Hines · Representative Gregory Holloway, Sr. · Representative Robert E. Huddleston · Representative Lataisha Jackson · Representative Robert L. Johnson III · Representative Kabir Karriem · Representative Carl L. Mickens · Representative America “Chuck” Middleton · Representative David Myers · Representative Orlando W. Paden · Representative Willie Perkins · Representative Omeria Scott · Representative Rufus E. Straughter · Representative Kathy Sykes · Representative Sara Richardson Thomas · Representative Kenneth Walker · Representative Percy W. Watson · Representative Adrienne Wooten · Representative Charles Young, Jr