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Legislative Leader Spotlight




Senator Charlie Ross

Former Senator, Mississippi

P.O. Box 5993

Brandon, MI  39047


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"The Rule of Law was actually being questioned ..."

... Mississippi Senator Charlie Ross

In this interview with Kristyn Shayon, Senator Charlie Ross tells how close Mississippi came to a complete breakdown of the civil justice system prompting the need for comprehensive legal reform.


He was first elected to the Mississippi Senate in 1997 after serving as representative from District 59 in the Mississippi House.  In 2004, as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary A Committee, he drafted the Comprehensive Tort Reform Bill and was the leader in the Senate in the successful fight to pass the bill.  As a result of his leadership, ATRA presented him with its Civil Justice Achievement Award. Senator Ross served as the Public Sector Chairman of the Civil Justice Task Force of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).  In 2007, ALEC recognized his legislative accomplishments and leadership by naming him Legislator of the Year.  In 2008, Senator Ross ran for Congress in Mississippi's 3rd congressional district, but was defeated in the primary by Rankin County Republican Chairman Gregg Harper.  He received his J.D., with honors, from Harvard Law School in 1988.


Excerpt From:

The Directorship 2007 Annual Guide to State Legal Climates:  Mississippi (2007 Rank: 33)


"Mississippiís composite ranking is low, but it is a state in transition. Once ranked among the five worst states for liability climate, the state now boasts common sense legal reforms, an emerging rule-of-law majority on its Supreme Court, and a stalwart liability reformer in Governor Haley Barbour. Attorney General Jim Hood, however, is an activist attorney general who sued several insurers in connection with Hurricane Katrina. While Mississippiís insurance loss ratios are still among the worst in the nation, they should improve with the reforms enacted. Mississippi is clearly a state to watch because of Governor Barbourís continuing efforts to make the state attractive for growth and jobs creation."  -- Steve Hantler, et. al., Directorship, June-July 2007, page 60.


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