JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is on track to have one woman in statewide elective office for the upcoming term, possibly two.
Still, Mississippi’s track record of electing women to statewide office is dismal. Consider:
Nellah Massey Bailey of Meridian, widow of former Gov. Thomas Bailey, was the first woman elected to statewide office, serving from 1947 to 1956 as state tax collector. The office was abolished by the Legislature in January 1964.
Julia H. Kendrick (1968-1972) was the last statewide elected clerk of the Mississippi Supreme Court. The court now appoints the clerk.