Wayne Dowdy
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Wayne Dowdy
Wayne Dowdy
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City Attorney of McComb, Mississippi

Zachary Patterson
Quordiniah N. Lockley
John H. White
Angela Cockerham
Chair of the Mississippi Democratic Party

Rickey L. Cole
Jamie Franks (acting)
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Mississippi's 4th district

July 7, 1981 - January 3, 1989
Jon Hinson
Mike Parker
Mayor of McComb, Mississippi

John S. Thompson
Judge of the McComb Municipal Court

Personal details
Charles Wayne Dowdy

(1943-07-27) July 27, 1943 (age 77)
Fitzgerald, Georgia, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Susan Dowdy
EducationMillsaps College (BA)
Mississippi College (LLB)

Charles Wayne Dowdy (born July 27, 1943) is an American politician, lawyer and jurist from Mississippi. He was first elected in a 1981 special election and served four terms in the United States House of Representatives. He later served as chairman of the Mississippi Democratic Party.

Early life

Dowdy was born in Fitzgerald, Ben Hill County, Georgia. He grew up in the Methodist Church and is a graduate of Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. He set up a law practice in Mississippi and purchased two local radio stations. He entered politics and was elected as mayor of McComb, Mississippi, serving from 1978 to 1981.

Political career

Dowdy during his final term in congress.

On July 7, 1981, Dowdy was elected to the House of Representatives as a Democrat in a special election for the 4th District. In this election the Democrats recaptured a Southern district from the Republicans, in a period when the white electorate in the South was shifting to the Republican Party. Dowdy carefully managed to avoid drawing strong Republican challengers in the general election or African-American opponents in the Democratic primary.

He won re-election narrowly in 1982 and 1984, with 53 percent and 55 percent of the vote, before being re-elected with 72 percent of the vote in the 1986 elections. He was notable for being a rather progressive Democrat by Mississippi standards of the time in a district with a 37 percent African-American population; in 1982 he voted for renewal of the Voting Rights Act.

In 1988, when John Stennis retired from the Senate, Dowdy won the Democratic nomination. His opponent was Republican Congressman Trent Lott. Dowdy was unable to implement his rural strategy and lost to Lott by a 54 percent-45 percent margin. He was severely hampered by George H.W. Bush carrying Mississippi with a 59 percent to 39 percent margin. He also lost badly in Lott's congressional district, taking only 30 percent of the vote.

Dowdy attempted to stage a comeback against Governor Ray Mabus in the 1991 Democratic gubernatorial primary, but lost with 41 percent of the vote.

Post-political career

He returned and resumed his law practice in Magnolia, Mississippi. He practiced civil and trial law and represented Pike County and its Board of Supervisors, the City of Magnolia, and the Town of Summit.[1]

He was elected and served as Chairman of the Mississippi Democratic Party from 2004 to 2008.[2][1]

He served as City Attorney of McComb, Mississippi from 2009 to 2018.[3][4]

Personal life

Dowdy is a Methodist. His wife, Susan is from Grenada, Mississippi. They have three children.[5]

He practices law in Magnolia, Mississippi. His family owns several radio stations in Mississippi and Louisiana and is a former staff announcer for television station WJTV-TV in Jackson, Mississippi.


  1. ^ a b Wayne Dowdy (October 2004)
  2. ^ Dowdy's word: No 2nd term
  3. ^ McComb hires Wayne Dowdy as city attorney
  4. ^ Mississippi city fires 4 top employees, hires replacements
  5. ^ "Collins Speaker Series: Wayne Dowdy » Mississippi State University Libraries". lib.msstate.edu. Retrieved .

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Party political offices
Preceded by
John C. Stennis
Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from Mississippi
(Class 1)

Succeeded by
Ken Harper
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jon Hinson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Mississippi's 4th congressional district

July 7, 1981 – January 3, 1989
Succeeded by
Mike Parker

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