Deborah Bryant

About Deborah Bryant

With a heart for service, First Lady of Mississippi Deborah Bryant has dedicated her professional and personal life to caring for those around her.

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ABOUT DEBORAH BRYANT

With a heart for service, First Lady of Mississippi Deborah Bryant has dedicated her professional and personal life to caring for those around her.

She has worked tirelessly through her H.O.M.E. (Healthcare, Outdoors, Mansion/Military, and Education) platform to improve the quality of life for Mississippians of all ages. In 2014, Deborah traveled the entire state as part of her “Read Across Mississippi” program. She read to students in all 82 counties to promote literacy and bring attention to reading disabilities. Last year she added volunteerism and veterans as her part of her platform. Now she is zeroing in on middle school aged children with her “Mississippi Matters that Matter” initiative. 

She has been honored as a Women of Distinction Laureate by the Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi, the recipient of the “Women of Excellence Award” from the Mississippi Diabetes Foundation, and received the Chrysalis Award from the Mississippi Children’s Home Services. In May of 2016, William Carey University awarded Mrs. Bryant an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in recognition of her tireless efforts in promoting literacy and her volunteer work following natural disasters throughout the state, especially the tornado that struck Louisville, MS, in 2014. Winston County also presented her with the Spirit of Hope Award following the recovery work she participated in for several months there.

Deborah and her husband of 39 years, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, have two grown children. Daughter, Katie, and her husband, Stephen, and children, Henry and Eliza, live in Madison, MS. Their son, Patrick, lives in Austin, TX.

 

Her other honors include:

  • Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, William Carey University 
  • Honorary Chair, Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Services 
  • Board Member, Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi
  • Board Member, USA International Ballet Competition
  • Committee Member, Governor's Teen Pregnancy Prevention Task Force
  • 2015 Women of Distinction Laureate, Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi
  • 2014 "Women of Excellence" Award recipient by Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi