Here is a recap of a few highlights from this week in my role as State Senator from District 52, as well as updates from our Congressional Campaign. Fulfilling my duties as State Senator will be a top priority for me during this campaign. After all, I took an oath to honorably serve my constituents and the Constitution.
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”
―Calvin Coolidge (1923–1929)
The Deadline to Qualify for the 2022 4th Congressional District Race was Tuesday, March 1, at 5 p.m.
For those that may not realize, the Congressional qualifying deadline was Tuesday, March 1, at 5 pm. We issued a statement to mark the occasion. Here’s the opening paragraph. You can read the full statement at the link below. “As of today, the field of candidates is set. I’ve traveled the 4th District, from the Pine Belt to the Coast. I’ve talked to many people and have heard common concerns from most everyone,” said Wiggins. “D.C. is self-centered and out of touch. Spending is out of control. Inflation is on the rise. Leadership, vision, availability and accountability from the current representative for South Mississippi are non-existent or ineffective.”
Click HERE to read the full statement.
Statement on President Biden’s State of the Union Address
On Tuesday evening, President Biden addressed the nation on a variety of issues affecting us all. As a candidate for Congress in Mississippi’s District 4, I think the people of our district deserve to know what I think in response.
Click HERE to read the statement.
Attended Republican Women’s Day Luncheon
This week I attended a Republican Women’s luncheon in honor of Republican Women’s Day! As the father of a teenage daughter, I consider these women to be role models. It was great to catch up with Attorney General Lynn Fitch and all of these wonderful ladies, including those from Jackson, Hancock, Forrest and Lamar Counties.
Brief Statement on The White House’s Pandemic ‘Reset’ Plan
Better late than never! Leading from behind is not how one governs. Per the article linked HERE, the White House has unveiled a new pandemic road map that, among other things, rules out school and business closings. In the Pascagoula-Gautier School District, my own children were back in school full time by August 2020. South Mississippi schools were smart, took precautions, developed hybrid options and kept our kids in class as much as possible. I commend them for their leadership. I trust in people to make decisions for themselves and those around them. We know how to keep things moving here in Mississippi!
Pumpkin the Penguin from the Mississippi Aquarium Visits The Capitol
I got to meet Pumpkin the Penguin this week at the State Capitol! Pumpkin is with the Mississippi Aquarium in Gulfport, and this fun group spent the day at the Capitol raising awareness for the aquarium and new initiatives that will fight for endangered species, such as Pumpkin.
Filmed Interview for the Mississippi First Video
On Thursday, I filmed my interview for the Mississippi First Video! If you are not familiar with my passion for Early Learning, in 2013, I introduced and pushed through the Early Learning Collaborative, and now Mississippi is ranked Top 5 nationally in early childhood education.
Teamwork makes the dream work. Ensuring educational excellence for every child in Mississippi is a dream I share with Mississippi First. I am thankful for their efforts and look forward to seeing the final video for this year. Click HERE to watch our policy video on the importance of early education.
Breakfast with the Youth Leaders of Singing River Electric
t was a wonderful breakfast with the students representing Singing River Electric at Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi’s 2022 Youth Leadership Workshop. The youth leaders recognized were William Rasberry of George County High School. Gianna Pierce of Ocean Springs High School, and Sarah Jean Scearce of Resurrection High School.
Being a role model for young people and inspiring them to serve will ultimately create a better America. Click HERE to watch our policy video on making public service attractive to young people.
Meet and Greet in Sumrall
We had a Meet & Greet event in Sumrall this week hosted by Dr. Stephen Beam and Councilwoman Brittany Fortenberry. We had a great time! We met great people, shared stories and built relationships. I love the Pine Belt!
First Responders Caucus Lunch Meeting
The First Responders Caucus held a lunch meeting this week. I’m grateful to be serving as Senate Chairman of this organization and look forward to acting as a voice for our first responders such as Lt. Ryker Haselden of Gulfport and many others.
Our first responders put their lives on the line every day and deserve to be supported, I plan to bring this same mentality to Congress if elected. Click HERE to watch our policy video on Standing Up for Our Law Enforcement and Fighting for Real Criminal Justice Reform.
The Senate Rescued The Teacher Pay Raise Bill
I am an Education Committee member. I will not succumb to the do-nothingness that permeates D.C. and is creeping into Jackson. Teachers, and students, are too important. As a member of the two committees involved in teacher pay, Education and Appropriations, I stood with the teachers to get them what they deserve.
Senate floor debate on House bills
Continuing Appropriations work
Tuesday fundraiser in Hattiesburg