Mike Espy

Mike Espy DEMDemocrat

25th United States Secretary of Agriculture

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Mike EspyDEMDemocrat 25th United States Secretary of Agriculture
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Alphonso Michael Espy (born November 30, 1953) is an American lawyer and politician who served as the 25th United States Secretary of Agriculture from 1993 to 1994. He was both the first African American and first person from the Deep South to hold the position. A member of the Democratic Party, Espy previously served as the U.S. representative for Mississippi's 2nd congressional district from 1987 to 1993. In March 2018, Espy announced his candidacy for the United States Senate seat being vacated by Thad Cochran. Espy lost in the November 6 nonpartisan special election before facing Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith in a November 27 runoff. Espy was defeated by Hyde-Smith, but garnered more than 46 percent of the vote in what was the closest U.S. Senate election in Mississippi since 1988. He was the Democratic nominee again in the 2020 election, losing by ten percentage points against Hyde-Smith in a rematch.

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Education4 - 4 of 2
Santa Clara University
Howard University
BA Political Science
Past Positions1 - 7 of 7
United States House of Representatives, Mississippi
1987 - 1993
United States Department of Agriculture
1993 - 1994
Assistant State Attorney General
State of Mississippi
1984 - 1985
Assistant Secretary of State
Mississippi Public Lands Division
1980 - 1984
Central Mississippi Legal Services
1978 - 1980
Former Assistant Secretary of State
Mississippi Legal Services
Former Director
Consumer Protection, State of Mississippi
Other Experience1 - 2 of 2
Board, Hope Enterprise Corporation
Former Member
Budget Committee, United States House of Representatives