Q & A with Rep. Credell Calhoun, D-Jackson

By Deandria Turner
Mississippi Capitol Press Corps

Democrat Representative Credell Calhoun, 74, of District 68 – Hinds and Rankin counties, has been in politics since 1979.

Before Calhoun started his political journey, he attended Prairie View A & M University and Jackson State University, where he earned a bachelors of arts degree in business administration and political science and a master’s degree in counseling. Calhoun also served in the Marine Corps.

Calhoun serves on the Education, Insurance, Military Affairs, Universities and Colleges, and Ways and Means Committees. According to Calhoun, lack of money is Mississippi’s biggest struggle.

“Money is always a big problem,” Calhoun said. “We have some other challenges, but if we had money, we could solve most of the problems.”

To some, Mississippi’s best quality is its hospitality or its family-centered lifestyle.  Calhoun said it’s hard to define a best quality.

“We need to educate our people better, but how we do that is still open in the air,” he said, adding that one of the hardest parts of his job is trying to do the job he thinks needs to be done.

“It’s very difficult to get things done that’s in your mind that you think is going to be good for the citizens that you represent and the people of Mississippi,” Calhoun said.

Within the next few years, he hopes to keep education improvement at the front end of his career. Calhoun also wants to help solve infrastructure problems in the city of Jackson and across Mississippi.

“If we can get that done and get our people educated, we are well on the way of getting off of the bottom as far as the people of Mississippi,” Calhoun said.

While working on those plans, Calhoun said he will continue to help others.

“I like to help people,”  Calhoun said. “Hopefully I can continue to help.”

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