The Honorable William F. Winter, 58th Governor of the State of Mississippi
*Photo courtesy of Peggy Hampton
William F. Winter served as Governor of Mississippi from 1980 to 1984. Prior to that he was elected to the offices of state representative, state tax collector, state treasurer and lieutenant governor. He has been chairman of the Southern Regional Education Board, the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Southern Growth Policies Board, the Commission on the Future of the South, the National Civic League, the Kettering Foundation, the Foundation for the Mid-South, and the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. The Honorable William Winter was a member of President Clinton’s National Advisory Board on Race, and his term as Governor has been nationally acclaimed for the groundbreaking passage of education reform legislation. Governor Winter was instrumental in the founding of the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation at the University of Mississippi, and in 2008 he was awarded the Profile in Courage Award by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. An attorney in the Jones Walker law firm in Jackson, he is a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law. He is married to the former Elise Varner with whom he has three daughters, five grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
Governor Winter was honored at Mississippi KIDS COUNT’S Light Up The Night Celebration on January 31, 2013. Our evening hosts shared the following thoughtful words about our inaugural Luminary who turned 90 this year.
Barksdale Reading Institute
Southern AgCredit, ACA
Social Science Research Center, Mississippi State University
Entergy Mississippi, Inc.
Business & Commercial Transactions Practice Group
Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrère & Denègre L.L.P.