A native of Houston, Texas, Jay Hughes has served in the Mississippi House of Representatives since 2016, representing District 12.

Hughes earned a bachelor’s degree in business and economics at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana and then went into military service. He served in the U.S. Army from 1981-1984 and the U.S. Army Reserve from 1984-1988. Hughes then graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1991.

He began his political career in 2013 as an alderman in Oxford. He was elected to the state House of Representatives in 2015. Education has always been a focal point of Hughes’ activism political efforts. He donated both his alderman and legislative session salaries to the Oxford Public Schools endowment and has also volunteered as a substitute teacher. He and his wife are both active in education and were both awarded Citizen of the Year in 2012 by the Oxford School District.

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