Government Affairs

Legislative Services

The Mississippi Manufacturers Association strives to represent your interests with elected officials and influential policymakers at all levels of government. Our guiding philosophy is built upon the idea that industry flourishes when taxes are low, regulations are not overly burdensome, and employers are able to make decisions without fear of litigation and red tape. The government affairs staff at MMA prides itself on building lasting relationships with elected officials and being the most credible source of information on what manufacturers need to be successful in this challenging global economy.

State Legislature

During Mississippi's Legislative Session, MMA deploys its team of registered lobbyists to the State Capitol in Jackson to work on behalf of our members. There are 122 members of the House of Representatives and 52 members of Senate, with nearly 80 standing and select committees set up to debate legislation. During a typical 90-day session, more than 3,000 bills will be introduced, of which several hundred could have a direct impact on business and industry in our state.

For more information in the pro-manufacturing legislation that MMA has helped pass over the previous four years, click here .

To search for specific legislators, committees, or  pieces of legislation, please visit the Mississippi Legislature website here.

U.S. Congress

Working in conjunction with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), our government affairs team is very active at the federal level as well. We regularly communicate with our Congressmen and Senators and their top staffers on critical legislation that is moving through the process in Washington, DC. Our main focus is to ensure that the voice of Mississippi manufacturers is heard in the halls of the U.S. Capitol and the regulatory agencies that impact our members.

Mississippi Congressional Delegation:

United States Senators

Roger Wicker (R)
555 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510 
P: (202) 224-6253
F: (202) 228-0378
senator@wicker.senate.gov
www.wicker.senate.gov

Thad Cochran (R)
113 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-2402
P: (202) 224-5054
senator@cochran.senate.gov
http://www.cochran.senate.gov/public/

United States Representatives

Trent Kelly (R) – 1st Congressional District
1427 Longworth H.O.B.
Washington, DC 20515
P: (202) 225-4306
F: (202) 225-3549
info@kellyformississippi.com
www.trentkelly.house.gov

Bennie Thompson (D) – 2nd Congressional District
2466 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
P: (202) 225-5876
F: (202) 225-5898
thompsonms2nd@mail.house.gov
www.benniethompson.house.gov

Gregg Harper (R) – 3rd Congressional District
307 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
P: (202) 225-5031
F: (202) 225-5797
www.harper.house.gov

Steven Palazzo (R) – 4th Congressional District
331 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
P: (202) 225-5772
www.palazzo.house.gov

Political Action Committee (PAC)

The Mississippi Manufacturers Association Political Action Committee is one of the largest and most active in the state. Resources donated to the MMA-PAC are directed to support business-friendly legislators, judges and statewide officials. The MMA-PAC has a 10 member board that is separate from the MMA Board of Directors. All MMA members are eligible to contribute to MMA-PAC. If you are interested in donating or participating, please contact Kelly Wright at kwright@mma-web.org or 601-292-1117.

Regulatory Services

MMA works with a wide ranging group of state agencies and regulatory entities to protect the interests of our members. While recognizing that certain regulations are essential to free enterprise, this must be balanced with a common sense approach that helps businesses comply without being overly burdensome. Below are some of agencies that we work with on a regular basis:

Member Assistance

Members of the Government Affairs team frequently receive emails and phone calls from MMA member officials and department heads on a variety of subjects.  These calls and questions may be on any subject connected to manufacturing. The subjects include:

  • Labor and Employee Relations
  • Wage and Hour
  • Safety
  • Environmental
  • Taxation
  • Transportation
  • And many more

The questions are handled in a variety of ways.  Routine questions are often answered by the MMA staff member. Other questions may require a call to a regulating agency. These calls can be made by an MMA staff member and answered without identifying the member company which is requesting the information.

Sometimes the question is more complex or legal in nature, and needs to be answered by a consultant or an attorney.  MMA works with numerous qualified professionals in many areas of practice who can answer questions for members. If and when a member company needs this type of assistance, appropriate representation can be identified.

The MMA Government Affairs group acts as an information clearing house for our members.