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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 16, 2008

 

GOVERNOR BARBOUR APPOINTS SIMPSON TO GULFPORT PORT AUTHORITY

 

(JACKSON, Mississippi)—Governor Haley Barbour has appointed James C. “Jim” Simpson, Jr., of Pass Christian, to the Gulfport State Port Authority, which is used to manage or operate port facilities in Gulfport. These port facilities include waterways for shipping providing wharves, piers, docks, warehouses, cranes, and other investments at ports.

 

“Jim’s extensive legislative career and his knowledge of the Mississippi Gulf Coast make him a perfect fit for this position,” Governor Barbour said. “The Port Authority is a vital part of coastal commerce, and I know Jim will do an excellent job in this new role.”

 

Simpson, a former lawmaker who served in the state House of Representatives from 1994 to 2007, is an attorney with the Montgomery Barnett firm, where he has worked for over 20 years. While in the House, Simpson was chosen as the 2004 National Legislator of the Year by the American Legislative Exchange Council.

 

Simpson holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and a law degree from the American University of Washington, D.C. College of Law. He and his wife, Kendra, have been married five years. Simpson has five children, James III, Megan, Caitlyn, Clair, and Gus.