Bill Waller, Jr., has made his run for Governor official. Waller filed his qualifying papers with the Mississippi Republican Party as a candidate for Governor of Mississippi on Friday.
“As a former Mississippi Supreme Court Justice for 21 years including 10 years as Chief Justice, I’ve served at the highest level of one of the three branches of our state government to uphold our Constitution and the rule of law.
As a Brigadier General in the Mississippi National Guard with more than 30 years of commissioned service, I’ve had the responsibility of commanding units from platoon level to troop command.
Most importantly, as a husband, father and grandfather, I’ve strived to set an example for my family by being committed to my faith, and to the values of hard work, personal responsibility and standing up for what you believe, following the example set by my father who also served as Mississippi’s Governor.
In everything I’ve done in my life, I have believed in the concept of service—to the God that I serve, to my family that I love, to the state that is my home and to the country that is still the greatest hope for liberty and freedom in the world. For all of these reasons, I’m announcing my campaign to be your next Governor of Mississippi.”
Waller is the son of Mississippi’s former Governor, William “Bill” Waller, Sr., and Carroll Waller, the former First Lady of Mississippi. A native and current resident of Jackson, he most recently served on the state Supreme Court for 21 years, serving the last 10 as Chief Justice, the highest level attainable in the judicial branch of state government.
Prior to his election to the Mississippi Supreme Court, Waller practiced law with the firm of Waller and Waller in Jackson for over 20 years and served as a Municipal Judge for the City of Jackson.
In addition to his legal and judicial career, Waller has more than 30 years of commissioned service including the Mississippi Army National Guard and the United States Army Reserve and is presently assigned to the Retired Reserve. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College and a recipient of the Legion of Merit. He attained the rank of Brigadier General while serving as the Commander of the 66th Troop Command, Mississippi Army National Guard, once again reaching the highest level in leadership.
Waller graduated from Murrah High School in 1970 and Mississippi State University in 1974, where he was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. He received his law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1977. He and his wife, Charlotte, have three children and two grandchildren and are members of First Baptist Church Jackson, where he has served as chairman of the deacons.
“As a lifelong conservative, I won elections three times to the Mississippi Supreme Court, and I was honored to be endorsed by the Mississippi Republican Party because of my record, values, and principles. Given the undeniable landscape of this year’s election, I am the conservative Republican with the best chance to win in November.
From the position of Chief Justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court, I actively participated in governmental processes across the three branches of state government, and I’ve seen what works and what doesn’t work.
The next Governor is going to have to address major policy issues regarding roads and bridges, education, health care and workforce development for current and future economic sustainability.
Mississippi has made progress but the reality is, our state continues to face looming challenges that will never be solved by indifference, soundbites, petty politics or self-interest.
Anyone who has been paying attention over the past seven years realizes there’s not a cohesive working relationship between the Governor, the House, and the Senate. That’s the truth.
As your Governor, I won’t be focused on who gets the credit or makes the next best headline. Instead, I’ll be focused on getting things done.
I’ll be focused on working with a functioning legislature that isn’t always trying to throw one side or the other under the bus. And I’ll be focused on bringing people together, from varying viewpoints, to have a voice in the discussion about finding real solutions.
We must have a Governor who has the background, values, attitude and temperament to tackle the challenges we face now, and in the future. Over the next five months, I’ll be traveling the state working as hard as I can to discuss more issues, to listen to people all across the state and to earn your vote in the Republican primary election.”