With a heart for service, First Lady of Mississippi Deborah Bryant has dedicated her professional and personal life to caring for those around her.
She has worked tirelessly through her H.O.M.E. (Healthcare, Outdoors, Mansion/Military, and Education) platform to improve the quality of life for Mississippians of all ages. In 2014, Deborah traveled the entire state as part of her “Read Across Mississippi” program. She read to students in all 82 counties to promote literacy and bring attention to reading disabilities. She added volunteerism and veterans as her part of her platform the following year. Through her “Mississippi Matters that Matter” initiative she turned her attention to bullying and suicide prevention, and pursued tougher legislation to combat bullying in schools. This year she plans to visit schools and daycare centers across the state promoting literacy and “The Golden Rule.”
She has been honored as a Women of Distinction Laureate by the Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi, the recipient of the “Women of Excellence Award” from the Mississippi Diabetes Foundation, and received the Chrysalis Award from the Mississippi Children’s Home Services. In May of 2016, William Carey University awarded Mrs. Bryant an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in recognition of her tireless efforts in promoting literacy and her volunteer work following natural disasters throughout the state, especially the tornado that struck Louisville, MS, in 2014. Winston County also presented her with the Spirit of Hope Award following the recovery work she participated in for several months there.
Deborah also works part-time for Community Bank as Director of Community Development where she champions economic development in Rankin County and around the state. She has been with the bank for five years. Prior to that, she retired from St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson after more than 39 years in quality and performance improvement.
Deborah and her husband of 41 years, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, have two grown children. Daughter, Katie, and her husband, Stephen, and children, Henry and Eliza, live in Madison, MS. Their son, Patrick, lives in Austin, TX.
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