Eager to exhibit his dedication to individuals in District 22, former State Senator Joseph C. Thomas, Sr. is ready for service and is anxious to make a difference in the livelihood of all citizens in the Madison, Yazoo, Sharkey, Humphrey, Bolivar and Washington Counties.
Thomas, a lifelong resident of Yazoo City, has developed through 43 years of community service an exemplary array of managerial skills. With 30 years of service, he retired as Vice President of the then AmSouth Bank. His professionalism has garnered him recognition by two governors. Governor Ray Mabus appointed Thomas to serve on the State’s first Real Estate Appraisal Board. Additionally, Governor Ronnie Musgrove regarded his work ethics so highly that Thomas was appointed to serve as a board member on the Strategic Economic Development and Planning Committee (a special task force for the State). Similarly, Thomas’ dedication to serve has earned him honors and appointments also in his hometown. He was awarded the task of serving as the Chairman of the Yazoo City Public Schools as well as Chairman of the Yazoo City Public Service Commission.
Thomas has been and is deeply rooted in civic, political and religious activities. He has served as a past member of the following committees: National Conference of State Legislators, Public Health Committee, Southern Conference of State Legislators Education Committee, Board of Directors for the Jackson State University National Development Foundation, Inc., Board of Directors of the American Public Power Association (APPA is a trade association dealing with cities that own their own utilities). His work with this association was so outstanding that in 1997 he was presented the APPA Spence Vanderlin Public Service Award in Toronto, Canada. Presently, he is serving as Vice President of the D.W. Wilburn Foundation. Senior Deacon of the Chapel Hill M.B. Church, District President of the Mississippi Baptist State Laymen’s Movement, board member of the Yazoo County Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Executive Vice President and Treasurer of the Friends of Amistad Research Center in New Orleans, LA.
Thomas has been married to Elizabeth Wilburn, formerly of Benton, Mississippi, for 42 years. They are the proud parents of three children: Joseph, Jr., Kirk, and Whitney as well as the grandparents of three grandchildren.
Finally, during Thomas’ senatorial tenure, he approved budgets and passed legislation that brought millions of dollars to District 21 thus making a definite impact on numerous lives. His proven business, professional, and community leadership makes him the right choice for Senate Seat 22 in the Mississippi Senate. When asked his views on entering this senatorial race, Thomas replied, “God blessed me to serve as your State Senator once, and I am willing and eager to serve again.”