Andy Taggart is a lifelong Mississippian who grew up in Jackson County before heading to Mississippi College for his studies. Andy has spent the last 34 years as a practicing attorney and counsel to many of the top leaders of our state, for longer than that as husband, then as a father and, for the past seven years, as a passionate crusader in the war on drugs. He believes the war on drugs should be top priority for law enforcement, led by your next Attorney General.
Andy has been at the vanguard of the Mississippi Republican Party for all of his adult life, first serving as our state’s College and University Campus Director for Ronald Reagan’s presidential campaign in 1980, as Political Director of the state GOP, and then in the leadership of President Reagan’s re-election effort as Executive Director of the Mississippi Republican Party in 1984.
Andy went on in 1991 to help elect Kirk Fordice as the first Republican Governor of Mississippi in the modern era. Newly elected Governor Kirk Fordice then chose Andy as his Chief of Staff and Counsel, where he was instrumental in the ramp-up of Mississippi’s first Republican administration in the 20th century.
Andy has also served as Litigation Counsel to Governor Haley Barbour and Audit Counsel to then-State Auditor Phil Bryant. He was named by Governor Phil Bryant as Co-Chairman of the Mississippi Department of Corrections Task Force to help restore public confidence and trust in the operations of state government after the huge bribery scandal that shook that department. Andy is also one of Governor Bryant’s appointees to the Mississippi Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee.
Andy has been considered one of the top political minds in the state for three decades. Outside of his counsel to our state’s leaders over the years, he has held the lawyer’s coveted “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell® for 20 years. Andy is co-author of two popular books, Mississippi Politics: The Struggle for Power, 1976-2008, which earned two literary awards in its first year of publication, and a lighter book of political anecdotes, Mississippi Fried Politics: Tall Tales from the Back Rooms. Andy has authored or co-authored works published by The University of Mississippi Law Journal, The Mississippi Lawyer, The Journal of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences and The Journal of Mississippi History, and is a frequent contributor to other publications, as well.
Andy serves on the Board of Trustees of his and Karen’s alma mater, Mississippi College, where he is Chairman of the Academic Affairs Committee. Previously, he served as chairman of the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy, and as Chairman of the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership.
He was elected to a term of service on the Madison County, Mississippi, Board of Supervisors. Andy was elected President of that Board in January 2007, where he served until the end of his term in early 2008.
Andy Taggart has been married to Karen Taggart for 36 years, and they are parents to three sons and now proud grandparents of a baby girl. Andy received his Juris Doctor cum laude from Tulane University School of Law in 1984, and he is a 1979 graduate of Mississippi College, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with High Honors and Distinction.