Statement of Representative Andy Gipson Announcing Decision on Candidacy

After much prayer and consideration with my family and close friends, I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate for the Republican nomination for Mississippi’s Third Congressional District Representative.  Although I certainly appreciate the many words of encouragement and offers of support throughout the district and the State, I am making this decision because this is just not the right time for my family, and especially for our young children.

A commitment to run and potentially serve in Washington D.C. is a major long-term commitment for any person, and one that should be carefully weighed with the family in mind.  God has blessed me with an amazing wife, Leslie, and our four children under the age of 13.  Right now they are our primary responsibility to nurture and raise right here in our beautiful State.

It is our sense that at this particular point in time I should continue to serve the people of Mississippi in my current capacity as State Representative for Rankin and Simpson Counties, and as a Committee Chairman in the Mississippi House of Representatives.  At the same time, my family and I are not ready to close any doors for future opportunities to serve the people of Mississippi.  We love our State and its people, and our desire is to serve in the most effective capacity to help make Mississippi the very best it can be.

I look forward to learning more about the Republican candidates who are offering themselves for public service in Congress, and I wish them all well.

Rep. Andy Gipson Press Release

1/16/18