The MSGOP shines its initial spotlight on Mississippi’s First Lady, Deborah Bryant.
Since Phil Bryant began serving that state of Mississippi as Governor in 2012, his beloved wife Deborah has made Mississippi families a top priority. Her humbleness, generosity and contagious smile remain with her each step of the way as she proudly serves the people of Mississippi with poise and dignity. More importantly, perhaps her greatest accomplishment is her role as a wife, mother and grandmother.
During her time as First Lady, Deborah has served as her own surrogate for the issues she is most passionate about: healthcare, education and the preservation of the Mississippi Governor’s Mansion. In 2014, Deborah completed her “Read Across Mississippi” campaign where she visited schools throughout all 82 counties reading to students. Her promotion of early childhood literacy continues today.
Deborah has received notable recognitions such as Woman of Distinction Laureate by the Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi, the Women of Excellence Award from the Mississippi Diabetes Foundation, the Chrysalis Award from the Mississippi Children’s Home Services, and the Spirit of Hope Award by Winston County for her recovery efforts after the 2014 tornado struck Louisville, MS. She has notably become a source of hope to the children at Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital, where she frequently stops by with goodies and hugs to lift the children’s spirits. Most recently, Deborah was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from William Carey University.
The role of a First Lady is unique, filled with challenges that lie in balancing the many roles laid before them. Yet through challenges and political triumphs, Governor and Mrs. Bryant have retained their authenticity and endearing, southern charm.
Those who have had the pleasure of being in the presence of our First Lady, will attest to the fact that she never fails to make a person feel welcomed and loved. Deborah is truly thankful for the opportunity to serve the people of Mississippi, and we are equally as grateful and privileged to call her our First Lady.