Mississippi Republican Party Chairman Joe Nosef

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On January 11, 2012 the Mississippi Republican Party’s Executive Committee unanimously voted to elect Joe Nosef as Chairman of the Mississippi Republican Party. He was then elected to a full four-year term at the State Convention on May 19, 2012.

Governor Phil Bryant expressed his support for Joe’s election as Chairman by saying, “I have worked with Joe for years, and I am confident that he is the best person to lead our Party forward. He has proven his ability to work with Republicans all over the state and will be able to get our message out with strong communication skills.”


Joe grew up in Clarksdale, Mississippi, where he graduated from Lee Academy in 1987. He attended Ole Miss earning both undergraduate and master’s degrees in accounting. He graduated from Ole Miss law school and also obtained an LL.M. degree in taxation from the University of Florida at Gainesville.

Joe has practiced law in the Jackson area for over fifteen years. During this time, he has served on boards of various charitable organizations in the metro area, including The Salvation Army, the Metro Jackson YMCA, Young Business Leaders of Jackson (inter-denominational businessmen’s Christian ministry), Jackson Young Lawyers Association, SafeCity Initiative, Ballet Mississippi and the Hinds County Economic Development District Board of Trustees. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Marsha Barbour Community Center located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Joe graduated from the Mississippi Economic Council’s Leadership Mississippi program in 1999 and was recognized in 2001 by the Mississippi Business Journal as one of the “Top 40 Under 40” businessmen in Mississippi. Joe was a member of the Commission for a New Mississippi, having been appointed in early 2009 by Lieutenant Governor Phil Bryant. He is a reader member of The Clarion-Ledger editorial board where he authors a guest column several times a year.

Upon his inauguration in January of 2004, Governor Haley Barbour appointed Joe to serve as Chief Counsel where he served until November 2006, when Governor Barbour named him Campaign Manager for his re-election campaign. After Governor Barbour’s successful reelection, Joe served as Chief of Staff for Lieutenant Governor Phil Bryant during 2008. He served as Chairman of the Phil Bryant Campaign for Governor and Executive Director of the Phil Bryant Gubernatorial Transition.

Joe currently practices law at Watkins & Eager PLLC in Jackson concentrating his law practice in the areas of public finance, corporate, tax, and estate planning and administration.

Joe is married to the former Amy Wallace of Laurel. Amy and Joe are the proud parents of two girls, Rebecca and Lindsey, both of whom attend Jackson Academy. Joe and his family attend St. Richard Catholic Church in Jackson.