Earlier today, the Mississippi Republican Party’s Executive Committee elected Joe Nosef to be the next chairman. He will be the first chair to lead the party with a Republican governor, lieutenant governor and Speaker. The party sent out the following release a few minutes ago:
Joe Nosef Elected Chairman of the Mississippi Republican Party
(Jackson, Miss.)—The Mississippi Republican Party has elected Joe Nosef of Jackson as its new Chairman.
At a meeting today in Jackson held by the Mississippi Republican Party’s Executive Committee, Nosef was elected by a unanimous vote shortly after the resignation of former Chairman Arnie Hederman.
“As we begin a new year with solid Republican leadership in the Governor’s office, the Mississippi Legislature and our Congressional delegation, I am honored and excited about the opportunity to help the Mississippi Republican Party grow even stronger in 2012 and beyond,” said Nosef. “My commitment as Chairman is to focus on building active organizations in every county, recruiting good, qualified candidates, and providing an effective voice for communicating our conservative principles and ideas for the future.”
“I am very appreciative of Arnie Hederman’s leadership as Republican Party Chairman,” Nosef stated. “He leaves a very successful framework for building the party.”
Governor Phil Bryant expressed his support for Nosef’s election as Chairman today by saying, “I have worked with Joe for years, and I am confident that he is the best person to lead our Party forward. He has proven his ability to work with Republicans all over the state and will be able to get our message out with strong communication skills.”
Nosef grew up in Clarksdale & attended Ole Miss earning both undergraduate and master’s degrees in accounting. He graduated from Ole Miss Law School and also obtained an LL.M. degree in taxation from the University of Florida at Gainesville. Nosef has practiced law in the Jackson area for more than fifteen years. During this time, he has served on boards of various charitable organizations in the metro area.
Upon his inauguration in January of 2004, Governor Haley Barbour appointed Nosef to serve as Chief Counsel where he served until November 2006, when Governor Barbour named him Campaign Manager for his re-election campaign in 2007. After Governor Barbour’s successful reelection, Nosef served as Chief of Staff for then Lt. Governor Phil Bryant during 2008. He served as Chairman of the Phil Bryant Campaign for Governor and Executive Director of the Phil Bryant Gubernatorial Transition. Nosef currently practices law at Watkins & Eager PLLC in Jackson. Nosef is married to the former Amy Wallace of Laurel. They are the parents of two children, both of whom attend Jackson Academy. The Nosefs attend St. Richard Catholic Church in Jackson.