Sen. Ward won't seek third term
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 1:00 AM
State Senator Giles Ward (R-Louisville) announced at the Neshoba County Fair on Wednesday that he will not seek re-election.
Ward made his announcement from the Pavilion in Founders Square and described the historic venue as "the 'mother church' of Mississippi politics."
Ward, 66, was first elected to the Senate in 2007 after having served five terms as a member of the Louisville Board of Alderman.
He was appointed by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves in 2012 to serve as chairman of the Senate Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Committee.
In his first term, then Lt. Governor Phil Bryant appointed Ward to serve as chairman of the Senate Forestry Committee.
In the current term, Lt. Gov. Reeves also appointed Ward to serve as vice chairman of the Senate's Energy Committee and its Forestry Committee.
He also appointed Ward to serve as a member of the Agriculture, Business and Financial Institutions, Environmental Protection, Finance, Highways and Transportation, Judiciary "B" and Executive Contingent Fund committees.
Reeves also tapped Ward to serve on the Executive Committee of our nation's Energy Council and the NCSL Nuclear Legislative Workgroup.
A strong advocate of second amendment rights, Ward was recognized by the National Rifle Association in 2013 with its coveted "Defender of Freedom" award.
Ward told the audience that serving in the Mississippi Senate from District 18 is the greatest honor of his life, noting that only nine other individuals have served in that capacity during his lifetime.
He and his wife, Kay, live in Louisville. Prior to being elected to the Senate, Senator Ward worked 33 years as a regional manager with Georgia-Pacific Corporation.
Ward will return to retirement when his current term ends in January of 2016.