Republican political observer Andy Taggart Credit: Taggart, Rimes, & Graham PLLC

A native of Jackson, Andy Taggart has a long history of involvement in the Republican Party, both nationally and locally.

Taggart received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Mississippi College in 1979 and a J.D. from Tulane University School of Law in 1984.

He served as chief of staff and counsel for Kirk Fordice, the first Republican governor of Mississippi since the Reconstruction period.

Taggart also was litigation counsel to former Gov. Haley Barbour and audit counsel to then-state Auditor Phil Bryant. In 2014, he was named by Gov. Bryant as co-chairman of the Mississippi Department of Corrections Task Force. He is also one of Gov. Bryant’s appointees to the Mississippi Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee.

Taggart also served one term as president of the Madison County Board of Supervisors from 2007-2008.

He and his wife Karen have been married for 36 years. They have three sons and one granddaughter.

Will Stribling covers healthcare and breaking news for Mississippi Today.