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December 30, 2008




Governor Haley Barbour today announced the appointment of former State Senator J. Ed Morgan as Commissioner of Revenue and Chairman of the State Tax Commission, effective January 1, 2009.

Morgan was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Chairman Joe Blount, who retires December 31 after serving four-and-a-half years in the position. The term ends June 30, 2010.


“Joe Blount has served admirably as Chairman of the State Tax Commission and I appreciate his dedication. He has always demonstrated a high degree of professionalism and his good management practices have helped the Tax Commission achieve a new level of service,” Governor Barbour said.


“Ed Morgan has a distinguished record as a public servant with experience in local and state government, as well as leadership positions in private business. Under his guidance I know the State Tax Commission will continue to offer outstanding service to Mississippi taxpayers,” Governor Barbour said.

Morgan, a Hattiesburg native, served four years as state senator from District 45 in the Hattiesburg area. He served three terms as mayor of Hattiesburg and was City Council President. Morgan also has been
president of the Mississippi Municipal League, Chairman of the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Pool and Chairman of the Mississippi Insurance Service Company.

“I appreciate the confidence of Governor Barbour,” Chairman Morgan said. “I am fortunate to inherit a great staff from Joe Blount. I look forward to the ongoing challenge of increasing the efficiency and the productivity of the Tax Commission while focusing on fair taxation of all Mississippians.”

Morgan works with SouthGroup Insurance Services and is a partner in F&S Construction Company. Prior to those positions, he worked as vice president of Lee Gunn Oil Exploration, vice president of Southern Vital Record Center and Vice President of L&A Construction Company. He has worked with several community organizations, including the American Red Cross and the Boy Scouts of America. Morgan received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama and a law degree from Mississippi College. He has four children and six grandchildren.