/Rep Andy Gipson moves into Ag Commissioner job

Rep Andy Gipson moves into Ag Commissioner job

All became clear when Gov. Phil Bryant named Gipson the next state commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce, replacing Cindy Hyde-Smith, who will soon be heading to Washington, D.C., and then the U.S. Senate. Gipson, 41 years old, stated that his family didn’t have to wait long to accept Bryant’s offer. He joked that it was “a bullet that fits our gun” and that it was “a bullet that fits our gun.” Gipson is a prominent social conservative who has made a name for herself advocating gun rights, limiting abortion, and cracking down against illegal immigration. He said, “We all need it, no matter where we live, urban or rural.” Agriculture is the reason civilization exists, he said. Agriculture is what unites us. It provides food, fiber, clothing, shelter and other basic needs. Gipson spoke Thursday afternoon at the Ag Museum to announce his new role. Gipson will officially begin Monday. He plans to meet with staff from the Agriculture Commission to help them select a new executive director of the State Fairgrounds. Gipson will oversee the $55 million renovation to the Trademart. He also stated that he hopes to promote agritourism, livestock shows, and farmers’ markets. Gipson also plans to expand the Mississippi State Fair, and to go on an agriculture listening trip of the state in order to speak with farmers. Gispon works as an attorney at Jones Walker in Jackson. He specializes in insurance, banking, and securities. Gipson, who represents District 77 which includes portions of Simpson and Rankin Counties, has been a member of the House since 2008. He defeated Dale Berry, the Democratic challenger, by 58 percent to Berry’s 40 percent. Despite Democrats still controlling the House, Gipson was appointed to two vice-chairmanships: Investigative State Offices (State Offices) and Poverty. Gipson was credited with killing a bill in Mississippi that would have made domestic abuse grounds for divorce. Later, he worked to change the wording of the state code to ensure that this protection was provided. Gipson and Leslie raise cattle and chickens on the Braxton farm. They also own a coffee shop located in D’lo. Their four children are two boys and two daughters. He said that he would work closely with both the state’s congressional delegations and the Trump Administration. Gipson was credited for reducing “burdensome” regulations on agriculture. He said that he wanted Mississippians to get back to the farm. “People have forgotten that the milk you see in the grocery store doesn’t come from the farm. Young people, it didn’t come from a plastic container. It came from a milk cow somewhere on a farm. Gipson stated that beans in a can did not come from a factory. Instead, they came from dirt under the form of vines or bushes. Gov. Bryant stated that he would soon announce the dates for the special election to fill in the House District77 seat Gipson has vacated._x000D