Chris Cillizza's "The Fix" blog covers politics for the Washington Post. He asked readers to send in names of political dynasties from each of the fifty states and created an interesting list. Many states have obvious choices: Alabama - The Wallaces; Illinois - The Daleys; Louisiana - The Longs and the Landrieus; Massachusetts - The Kennedys.

For Mississippi, Cillizza listed the Barbours and the Wallers. I thought I'd dig a little deeper into the political families of Mississippi. To make the cut, I looked for families with at least one statewide or district wide elected official with other family members elected to office as well. I also looked mostly at families within the past fifty years.

The Barbours - Current Governor Haley R. Barbour is descended from Mississippi's third governor, Walter Leake; but we don't have to go that far to prove a Barbour dynasty. His older brother Jeppie served as mayor of Yazoo City. Jep Barbour, son of Jeppie, served a term in the state legislature and Jep's brother Charles served two terms as a Hinds County supervisor from 1999-2007. Haley and Jeppie's first cousin William Barbour, Jr. took senior status as a federal judge in 2006 and has served on the federal bench since his appointment by President Ronald Reagan in 1983. Haley also served as Republican National Committee Chairman.

The Pickerings - Current State Auditor Stacey Pickering previously served as a state senator from Jones County holding the same seat his uncle Charles Pickering, Sr. held from 1972 until 1980. Charles Sr. had previously been elected county prosecutor and also served as Mississippi Republican Party Chairman. In 1990 he was appointed by President George H.W. Bush to the federal district court bench and served on the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in 2004. His son Chip (Charles, Jr.) represented Mississippi's Third Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1997 until 2009.

The Wallers - Current Mississippi Chief Justice Bill Waller, Jr. (previously also a Jackson municipal judge) attained the rank of brigadier general in the Mississippi National Guard. His father, Bill Waller, Sr. also commanded the Guard, but as Governor from 1972 until 1976.

The Espys - Mike Espy served in the U.S. House of Representatives from Mississippi's Second Congressional District from 1987 until 1993 when he was appointed by President Bill Clinton as the Secretary of Agriculture. His brother Henry Espy serves as mayor of Clarksdale, and Henry's son Chuck is in his third term in the Mississippi House of Representatives.

The Cochrans - U.S. Senator Thad Cochran was first elected to Congress in 1972 and then to the Senate in 1978. His brother Nielsen served as a Jackson city commissioner and later as Central District Public Service Commissioner for more than two decades. Nielsen's wife Connie is former Vice-Chairman of the Mississippi Republican Party and currently a Hinds County election commissioner.

The Johnsons - A father-son gubernatorial dynasty has to make it on the list. Paul B. Johnson, Sr. served as governor from 1940 until 1943. His son Paul B. Johnson, Jr. served as lieutenant governor from 1960 until 1964 and then as governor himself 1964 until 1968. And Paul Sr.'s grandson (Jr.'s nephew) Pete Johnson served as State Auditor from 1988 till 1992.

For many Mississippi families, politics is a family tradition. Here are a few additional notable families.

Current U.S. Senator Roger Wicker previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives (1995-2008). His father Fred Wicker is a retired circuit court judge.

Wall Doxey represented Mississippi both in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. His grandson Ralph served in both the Mississippi House of Representatives and the Mississippi Senate.

U.S. Senator John C. Stennis represented Mississippi for 41 years; his son John Hampton Stennis served in the Mississippi House of Representatives. The younger Stennis was defeated in a race for the U.S. House of Representatives by Jon Hinson, whose father Clifton Hinson was elected to five terms as a Walthall County supervisor.

For nearly three decades, Jim Buck Ross served as the state's Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce. His nephew Knox Ross currently serves as mayor of Pelahatchie.

Former Secretary of State Eric Clark was also a four-term legislator in the Mississippi House of Representatives. His father Tom Clark served in the Mississippi House as well.

Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley previously served as mayor of Nettleton. His uncles Harold Ray Presley and Larry Presley were each Lee County Sheriff. Brandon's second-cousin is Mississippi's "King" Elvis Presley.

Certainly there are scores of families who have local political dynasties, and if we go back in history there are families many today would not recognize. Surely I overlooked some, so readers, who did I miss? E-mail me your suggestions and maybe I'll do a follow up column on Mississippi's political dynasties.

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