A native of Laurel, Rickey Cole served as chairman of the Mississippi Democratic Party from 2001-2004.

Cole also served as president of the Young Democrats at Mississippi State University in 1985.

In December of 2005 the Young Democrats of Mississippi named their Legislative Internship stipend the “Rickey L. Cole Scholarship”.

Cole and his wife, Ayana, have two children. They live on their family farm near Ovett, in southeastern Jones County.

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