Mike Espy

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Mike Espy
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25th United States Secretary of Agriculture
In office
January 22, 1993 – December 31, 1994
PresidentBill Clinton
Preceded byEdward Madigan
Succeeded byDan Glickman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Mississippi's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1987 – January 22, 1993
Preceded byWebb Franklin
Succeeded byBennie Thompson
Personal details
Alphonso Michael Espy

(1953-11-30) November 30, 1953 (age 69)
Yazoo City, Mississippi, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Portia Ballard

Alphonso Michael Espy (born November 30, 1953) is an American politician.[1] He is a member of the Democratic Party.

From 1987 to 1993, he served in the U.S. House of Representatives from Mississippi. From 1993 to 1994 he was nominated to be the United States Secretary of Agriculture by President Bill Clinton. He was both the first African American and first person from the Deep South in that position.

Espy with President Bill Clinton in 1993

Espy was indicted in 1997 for receiving improper gifts, but acquitted of all 30 charges in 1998.

On March 5, 2018, Epsy announced his candidacy for Thad Cochran's U.S. Senate seat in the wake of Cochran's retirement.[2] On November 6, 2018, Espy and Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith advanced to a run-off election where he lost to Hyde-Smith.[3]

On November 30, 2018, Epsy filed to run again Hyde-Smith again for the 2020 election.[4] He won the Democratic nomination again in March 2020. He lost the election again to Hyde-Smith in November 2020.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Mike Espy". www.nndb.com.
  2. "Espy announces run for Cochran Senate seat". Clarion Ledger. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  3. GOP Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith Wins Runoff in Mississippi
  4. Greenwood, Max (November 30, 2018). "Espy files to run for Senate in 2020, setting up possible rematch with Hyde-Smith". The Hill. Retrieved November 30, 2018.

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