Mike Espy
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Mike Espy

Democrat

25th United States Secretary of Agriculture

Yazoo, Mississippi
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Mike Espy

25th United States Secretary of Agriculture
Summary
Experience
67
Years of Age
6
Years of Experience
MSResidence (state)

Alphonso Michael Espy (born November 30, 1953) is an American 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 finished second 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.

Experience

Education

  (1 - 2 of 2)  
Santa Clara University
JD
1978
Howard University
BA Political Science
1975

Past Positions

  (1 - 2 of 7)  
Representative
United States House of Representatives, Mississippi
1987 - 1993
Secretary
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
Attorney
Central Mississippi Legal Services
1978 - 1980
Former Assistant Secretary of State
Mississippi Legal Services
Former Director
Consumer Protection, State of Mississippi

Other Experience

  (1 - 2 of 2)  
Member
Board, Hope Enterprise Corporation
Current
Former Member
Budget Committee, United States House of Representatives