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June Update

Speaking to the MACC Board of Trustees Conference

At the end of June, I had the chance to speak at the Mississippi Association of Community Colleges Board of Trustees Annual Conference in Biloxi. It was a great opportunity to speak to a large audience of educators, workforce directors, and training instructors. I spoke about some of the key issues impacting Mississippi and the work that the Legislature is doing to address them. Education, workforce and economic development, AI, taxes, and PERS all came up, as well as the new Senate Government Structure committee and my vision for its role in streamlining our state government.

As a former student of Pearl River Community College, I know firsthand the vital role community colleges play in shaping Mississippi's workforce, economy, and communities. I was proud to have the opportunity to speak with them, and I'll always support them however I can.

Senator Chris Johnson speaking at the MACC conference

Oak Grove Graduate Participates in Distinguished Young Woman National Finals

In mid-June, Sadie Perkins, a graduate of Oak Grove High School, participated in the national Distinguished Young Woman finals in Mobile. Last year, after being named the Distinguished Young Woman of Lamar County, Sadie claimed the title of Distinguished Young Woman of Mississippi, sending her to this year's finals. The mission of the Distinguished Young Woman competition is to empower young women to be confident leaders.

We're proud of you, Sadie!

Purvis Native wins Miss Mississippi

Becky Williams of Purvis was named Miss Mississippi last month! She is a graduate student and former member of the dance team at Mississippi State University, and was named Miss Capital City earlier this year. She manages a community service initiative called "Make a Move" which encourages Mississippians to use any form of exercise to increase their overall health.

I had the privilege of hosting Ms. Williams at the Capitol a few years ago. She was bright, motivated, and interested in learning more about the work we do in the Legislature. I'm excited to see her compete nationally in the Miss America competition later this year!

Senator Johnson with Miss Mississippi 2024 Becky Williams

I want to hear from you!

If you have any thoughts about the most recent or upcoming session, please let me know! For general thoughts or questions, you can email my senate email: For anything involving the new Government Structure committee, you can email I would love to talk with you about issues that directly affect you, and emailing me is the best way I can do that.

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