Gray Tollison

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Gray Tollison
President pro tempore of the Mississippi Senate
Assumed office
January 11, 2019
Preceded byTerry C. Burton
Member of the Mississippi Senate
from the 9th district
Assumed office
January 2, 1996
Preceded by???
Personal details
Grady Franklin Tollison

(1964-09-08) September 8, 1964 (age 54)
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic (1995–2011)
Republican (2011–present)
Spouse(s)Farish Percy
EducationRhodes College (BA)
University of Mississippi, Oxford (JD)

Grady Franklin "Gray" Tollison (born September 8, 1964) is a Republican member of the Mississippi Senate, representing District 9 since 1996. In January 2012, Tollison was appointed Chairman of the Senate Education Committee by Lt. Governor Tate Reeves. From 2004 until 2012, he served as Chairman of the Judiciary, Division “B” Committee under the leadership of Lt. Governor Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Amy Tuck. He also serves as a member of the Rules, Finance, Public Health and Welfare, Universities and Colleges, and Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Committees.

Tollison switched to the Republican Party on November 11, 2011, two days after winning his fifth election as a Democrat in the Mississippi Senate.[1] This occurred only after Mississippi Republicans seized the control of House of Representatives & State Senate for the first time since the 1800s.[2]

Tollison is a graduate of Oxford High School, Rhodes College and the University of Mississippi School of Law.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "State Sen. Gray Tollison of Oxford jumps from Democrat to GOP". The Clarion-Ledger. Jackson, MS. AP.
  2. ^ "Tollison joins Senate GOP ranks". NEMS Daily Journal.

External links[edit]

Mississippi State Senate
Preceded by
Terry C. Burton
President pro tempore of the Mississippi Senate