Today, Secretary of State-elect Michael Watson announced that Russ Nowell will be his Transition Director as Watson prepares to begin his new role in January, 2020. Last Tuesday, Watson was elected with 59% of the vote to become Mississippi’s next Secretary of State.

Nowell served as a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives from the 43rd district from 2008-2012. He has previously worked as Director of Legislative Outreach with the Mississippi Manufacturers Association and Vice President of the Business and Industry Political Education Committee (BIPEC). He also served as Legislative Liaison for Governor Phil Bryant in 2012. Nowell served as President of Southern Security Life Insurance Company for 10 years and managed The Nowell Funeral Group from 1996-1998. He is a native of Winston County.

“I’m grateful for the support from people all across our state in Tuesday’s election and throughout this entire year-long campaign,” Watson said. “I’m appointing Russ Nowell as my Transition Director to help assist me with preparing for the duties and responsibilities I’ll have over the next two months. I’m thankful and appreciative that our current Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has done such an outstanding job in his position. As a result, so many things are already running smoothly in that office, and high standards have been set.”



“From staffing decisions and finalizing our upcoming legislative agenda over the next two months, I’ll be focusing on governing and keeping the commitments I made to our citizens during the campaign,” Watson stated. “That includes helping make government more efficient and transparent, including my proposal to bring the Department of Motor Vehicles (driver’s licenses services) from the Mississippi Department of Public Safety to the Secretary of State’s office. I’m looking forward to working with the Legislature and other elected officials to make that a reality so we can improve and streamline the process of people getting and renewing driver’s licenses in Mississippi.”

Michael Watson Press Release

11/11/2019