Former District 13 state senator and current Central District Transportation Commissioner Willie Simmons honored this week
Former District 13 state senator and current Central District Transportation Commissioner Willie Simmons, (2nd from left), Mississippi’s first African American elected to the position, was honored on Thursday, June 25, 2020, with presentation of Senate Concurrent Resolution 525 honoring his contributions to the state, the country and his fellow man. Simmons, who served more than 26 years as a senator, was replaced by his daughter Sarita Simmons, who led the presentation.
Among the achievements of Simmons, who has a stellar background in and outside of public service is that he has served as Deputy Commissioner of Corrections prior to joining the Mississippi State Senate. Before that time, he served as a Combat Veteran of the Vietnam War. He is a graduate of Alcorn State University, and received a Master of Science Degree and Educational Specalist Degree from Delta State University. He is a member of Solomon Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church and his affiliations include: American Correctional Association; Bolivar County 100 Black Men; Prince Hall Mason; Omega Psi Phi; NAACP; and Alcorn State University and Delta State University Alumni Associations.
Standing left to right are: District 13 Senator Sarita Simmons, Central District Transportation Commissioner Willie Simmons, District 32 Senator Sampson Jackson, District 12 Senator Derrick T. Simmons and District 36 Senator Albert Butler.