Elected in November 2019 with more than 60 percent of the vote, the Honorable Delbert Hosemann is serving as Mississippi’s 33rd Lieutenant Governor. He previously served as Secretary of State.
Lt. Governor Hosemann is committed to serving the public with open and fair government. He advocates for increasing State government transparency, growing small businesses, shoring up Mississippi’s roads and bridges, providing better access to healthcare, and ensuring every child receives a high-quality education. As the President of the 52-member State Senate, he remains committed to making Mississippi an even better place for our children and grandchildren.
Beginning his tenure amidst the global Covid-19 pandemic, the Mississippi Legislature appropriated $1.25 billion in federal relief funds to purchase personal protective equipment, create a small business grant program, expand broadband to rural communities, and increase ICU-bed capacity. The Legislature limited liability for businesses and healthcare entities related to Covid-19 exposure.
Under his leadership, the Senate has consolidated workforce development efforts, increased training opportunities for high-skill jobs, and retooled economic development incentives to be competitive and performance-based. In two years, the Legislature has doubled its investment in pre-K, raised teacher pay, increased funding for classroom supplies, and provided every student with a computer or tablet.
Raised in Warren County, Mississippi, Lt. Governor Hosemann comes to the position with substantial experience in the private sector as a businessman and tax lawyer. He is a former partner of Phelps Dunbar, LLP. He received his undergraduate degree in Business from the University of Notre Dame, a law degree from the University of Mississippi, and a Master of Laws in Taxation from New York University. Prior to attending law school, Lt. Governor Hosemann served his country in the United States Army Reserve.
Lt. Governor Hosemann’s tenure as Secretary of State was marked by several major accomplishments including requiring 16th Section land, a revenue source for public schools, to be leased for fair value. By the end of his third term, the Office raised more than $1 billion for public education. He was also instrumental in acquiring over 20,000 acres of now public land.
As Secretary of State, Lt. Governor Hosemann revised Mississippi’s business laws, automated legal filings, and fought to enact a constitutional Voter ID law. While other states are still embroiled in expensive litigation related to Voter ID, Mississippi’s law has increased security in elections and remains unchallenged.
Lt. Governor Hosemann also advocated to provide better access to health insurance for children with autism and other developmental disorders. Autism Speaks, the nation’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, named Lt. Governor Hosemann Executive of the Year in 2018.
In his spare time, Lt. Governor Hosemann is an avid hunter and runner. He belongs to the National Rifle Association and is a past recipient of the NRA’s Kirk Fordice Freedom Award. He is also a member of the Delta Wildlife Foundation and Ducks Unlimited. He has completed both the New York Marathon and the Boston Marathon.
He and Lynn, his wife of 50 years, are members of St. Richard Catholic Church. They are extremely proud of their three children: Kristen, Chad, and Mark; and grandchildren Grace, Nora Lynn, Carson, Charlie, Manse, Charlotte, and Howard Delbert.