Flaggs named to Top 50 list for influence, leadership

Published 9:37 am Friday, October 14, 2016


Mayor George Flaggs Jr. has been named one of the Top 50 influential elected and appointed government officials in Mississippi by Y’all Politics, a political commentary website, and SuperTalk Mississippi, a statewide Mississippi radio station.

The Mississippi Top 50 is a list of officials and business people in the state determined to be the most influential leaders in the state.

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It includes elected and appointed government officials and business leaders who through their talent and leadership help move the state of Mississippi forward.

The list of selected public officials includes Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper, U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson and other state officials and congressional aides.

Flaggs and Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes are the only local officials on the Top 50 list.

“I’m humbled and honored to be recognized at that level of government and have people think I’ve got that kind of influence in making a difference in this state and this city,” Flaggs said. “And I’m going to see what the future leads me from here.

“It spoke volumes, and I think only two mayors made it,” he said. “I saw a federal judge made it and congressmen. I want to continue to earn that kind of reputation by serving and not being served.”

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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