Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann, seeking reelection, speaks during Mississippi Economic Council's 2023 Hobnob at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson, Miss., Thursday, Oct. 26, 2023. Credit: Eric J. Shelton/Mississippi Today

Incumbent Republican Delbert Hosemann, seeking a second and final term as lieutenant governor, faces Democratic challenger D. Ryan Grover.

Hosemann, 76, is a native of Vicksburg, an attorney who served three terms as secretary of state before being elected lieutenant governor in 2019.

Grover, 34, of Hattiesburg, is a business owner and consultant and newcomer to state politics.

Hosemann has vowed, if reelected, he would continue to cut Mississippians’ taxes. He said this is feasible because of conservative policies and spending he pushed in his first term.

“We cut the state’s debt by about $500 million — about 12%,” Hosemann said. “We did something that’s never been done before: We made the largest tax cut in state history while we paid off $500 million in debt … In the last four years we have done the most extraordinary thing ever in state government — we have run it like a business. It will pay dividends not just through the next election, but for the next generation.”

Grover said he’s running “to create an efficient state government that is of the people and works for the people.”

“Being a native Mississippian I have a great love for my state and am tired of seeing it fail in every respect,” Grover said. “While it is not easy running a political campaign, the only real qualification needed to run is to think you can do a better job than the current person in that position. I know I can do a better job than the incumbent, so I am compelled to run for Lieutenant Governor and help Mississippi recover from the past 20 years of severe neglect.”

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Geoff Pender serves as senior political reporter, working closely with Mississippi Today leadership on editorial strategy and investigations. Pender brings 30 years of political and government reporting experience to Mississippi Today. He was political and investigative editor at the Clarion Ledger, where he also penned a popular political column. He previously served as an investigative reporter and political editor at the Sun Herald, where he was a member of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team for Hurricane Katrina coverage. Originally from Florence, Mississippi, Pender is a journalism graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and has received numerous awards throughout his career for reporting, columns and freedom of information efforts.