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Angela Cockerham, State Representative

At an early age, Angela Cockerham knew that she loved politics and law. During Representative Cockerham’s youth, dinner conversation in her family’s home focused on current events and politics. She watched convention speeches given by Regan, Bush, Mondale, and Ferraro, and spent her entire summer in 1987 watching the Iran-Contra hearings.

Now she’s in the Mississippi House and is one of the few elected Democrats in the body with a true voice in a supermajority Republican body. Elected in 2005, she is now Chairman of the House Energy Committee and Vice-Chairman of the House Management Committee. She is also a member of the powerful Legislative Budget Committee (LBO), which sets the revenue and budget estimates for the State of Mississippi. She primarily advocates for energy independence, energy security, and energy creation in rural/underdeveloped locations.

She followed in her family’s footsteps and attended Jackson State University, earning a Bachelor of Art in English. Driven to pursue her dream to become a lawyer, she studied civil law at Loyola University New Orleans School of Law. Her fervent interest in foreign affairs prompted Representative Cockerham to attend the prestigious Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where she earned a Masters of Arts in International Relations.

Now in private practice, when she is not drafting new law and practicing the law, she is teaching the law as an Adjunct Professor at the Mississippi College School of Law.