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Debbie Dawkins
Mississippi State Senator, Mississippi

Senator Dawkins is a member of the League of Women Voters, National Caucus of Environmental Legislators, America Association of University Women and USM Alumni Association. She is on the board of directors of the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science and was Appointed by Lt. Gov Phil Bryant to the Task Force for the Elimination of Cervical Cancer. Senator Dawkins is the first Woman to serve on the Senate Committee for Ports and Marine Resources.

Senator Dawkins has three children and four grandchildren. She attends Mount Zion United Methodist Church in Delisle.

Current Topic


07/14 - Defining “Dangerous”

How does Louisiana determine if someone is a danger to themselves or others?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

Coming Soon!


08/14 - Down the Road: Our Transportation Future

What should the state’s transportation priorities be?

Recent Topics


06/14 - Pot or Not? The Decriminalization Debate (Encore Presentation)

Would a reduction in penalties encourage more usage and lead the state down a path to legalization?


05/14 - Job Market 2014

What does Louisiana’s employment market look like for job hunters in 2014?


04/14 - State Contracts 101

Will proposed legislation help rein in costs or create arbitrary caps that hinder agencies in delivering services?


03/14 - Louisiana and The Minimum Wage

Should Louisiana develop its own minimum wage?

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