About Chris

BIOGRAPHY

McDaniel believes hope for the future is based on reclaiming the promise of freedom and liberty. He believes that any compromise of our constitutionally guaranteed rights is a destruction of the promise of the American Dream and the foundations of our country.

As a state senator, he has written, sponsored and supported numerous pieces of legislation in Mississippi designed to protect individuals from federal overreach into our basic individual rights.

Chris has fought for private property rights and to restrict the use of eminent domain. He introduced the Firearms Freedom Protection Act to protect against federal encroachment on our Second Amendment rights. He has fought against government paternalism by sponsoring legislation to allow citizens to opt-out of requirements to provide personal and private information for use in a government database.

As chairman of the Mississippi Senate Conservative Coalition, he has spoken against job-killing increases in taxes and in support of cutting government spending.

Chris regularly speaks to groups across Mississippi about the need for a return to the simple perfections of the Constitution. His writings are published across a variety of legal, conservative and news publications, and he is a frequent guest commentator in the media on the subject of responsible public policy.

He is now in his second term representing the 42nd district in the Mississippi state Senate. Chris is a strong proponent of limited government, free enterprise, civic participation, reduced tax rates, a strong national defense, states rights and a return to the original checks and balances of the Constitution.

Chris is a life-long resident of Mississippi and Jones County. His father was a professor at Jones County Junior College and his mother retired from the college in 1995.

His wife Jill is also a professional educator, employed with the Ellisville Elementary School for 10 years before the birth of the McDaniel children, Cambridge in 2006 and Chamberlain in 2011.

After graduation from Jones County Junior College in 1992, Chris attended and graduated from William Carey College. Upon receiving his undergraduate degree he attended Ole Miss School of Law where he finished near the top of his class.

Following graduation, he accepted a prestigious two-year federal judicial clerkship.

As a partner in the law firm of Hortman, Harlow, Bassi, Robinson & McDaniel, he was lead counsel in a lawsuit filed against President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, among others, seeking to declare Obamacare as unconstitutional. Chris donated his time, pro bono, for the petitioners’ efforts.

Chris and his family live in his hometown of Ellisville, Mississippi and are members of West Ellisville Baptist Church, a church he has attended for over 30 years.

 

EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

  • Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, Mississippi. Degree: Associate in Arts.
  • William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Degree: Bachelor of Science.
  • University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi. Degree: Juris Doctor (Cum Laude).

 

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

  • Federal Law Clerk to United States District Court Judge Charles W. Pickering, Sr., United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi (1997-1999)
  • Attorney and Partner in the Law Firm of Hortman, Harlow, Bassi, Robinson & McDaniel (1999-present). Areas of Concentration: Litigation, Insurance Defense, Corporate Defense, Corporate Law, Products Liability Defense, Commercial Litigation, Complex Multi-Party Litigation, Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
  • Co-owner of B.C. Properties, LLC, a commercial real estate business located in Laurel (2003-present)
  • Owner of Cambridge Properties, LLC, a residential real estate business
  • Past president of Right Side Radio, LLC, a pro-Christian organization dedicated to the advocacy of conservative philosophy and ideals
  • Volunteer Varsity Basketball Coach at Heidelberg Academy (2001-2004)

 

RELIGIOUS, CIVIL & PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • West Ellisville Baptist Church
  • The Gideons International
  • Veterans Museum Board of Directors & Legal Advisor
  • National Rifle Association
  • Federalist Society
  • Mississippi Bar Association
  • Jones County Bar Association
  • Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association
  • Mississippi Claims Association
  • Fifth Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • The Hundred Club of Jones County
  • Rotary Club
  • Lions Club
  • Exchange Club
  • Ellisville Historical Society
  • Mississippi Republican Party
  • Republican Elected Officials Board of Directors
  • Jones County Republican Executive Committee
  • Delegate to Republican State Convention
  • Republican National Lawyers Association

 

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • 2010 Laurel Leader Call Citizen of the Year
  • MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) Legislator of the Year
  • Law Enforcement Officers Legislator of the Year
  • Mississippi Highway Patrol Legislator of the Year
  • Mississippi Business Journal Top 50 Lawyers in Mississippi
  • BIPEC Business Champion
  • NFIB Lifetime 95% Pro-Business Ranking
  • SAR Distinguished Service Award
  • American Council of Young Political Leaders
  • Who’s Who in American Politics
  • Pine Belt Counselors’ Association Meritorious Service Award
  • Mid-South Rising Stars
  • Desk & Derrick Club Certificate of Appreciation
  • William Carey University Alumni Hall of Fame
  • Department of Corrections Distinguished Service Award
  • Chairman of the Mississippi Senate Conservative Coalition

 

LEGISLATIVE SUCCESSES

Chris has served in the Mississippi State Senate for six years. During that time, he has fought for his constituents and for Mississippi taxpayers. To see a list of some of  Chris McDaniel’s legislative accomplishments, click here.

 

Constitutional Rights

Chris wrote the “Mississippi Student Religious Liberties Act of 2013” that protects students’ right to express religious belief individually and separately from public school endorsement. The bill requires a disclaimer to be provided at graduation ceremonies and other situations that allows students to engage in religious free speech. This important legislation was signed into law.

 

National Security

Chris authored a bill that makes terrorism a crime punishable by death in a state court. The legislation adds an aggravated factor that makes it easier to impose the death penalty in state courts in cases of terrorism. This legislation was signed into law.

 

Immigration

Chris wrote and introduced the Employment Protection Act in 2008. Also known as the E-Verify law, it requires all Mississippi companies to use an Internet-based system to check the legal status of potential employees. This legislation was signed into law. Chris also introduced a number of other important pieces of legislation relating to immigration, including bills to prohibit federal and state benefits to undocumented workers, to prohibit the creation of sanctuary cities in Mississippi and to require undocumented aliens to pay out-of-state tuition at state schools.

 

Obamacare

Chris led the challenge against Obamacare as lead council in a suit against the federal government for unconstitutionally imposing taxes on people who don’t have health insurance. Although the Supreme Court declared Obamacare constitutional, Chris has not let up in his fight to defeat Obamacare. He vocally opposed and voted against legislation aimed at implementing Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion in Mississippi.

 

Abortion

Chris has authored many pieces of legislation to protect the unborn and the sanctity of human life. He has also volunteered his time to serve as legal counsel to many pro-life organizations throughout Mississippi.

 

Protecting Small Businesses

Chris sponsored legislation designed to give owners of small businesses more say about state regulations that could affect their livelihoods. The bill established a 12-member Small Business Regulatory Review Committee that would examine state rules and laws that could impact businesses with fewer than 100 full-time employees and less than $10 million in gross annual sales or revenues. The bill passed and was signed into law in 2012.

 

Gun Rights

Chris sponsored legislation to require Mississippi to honor any valid concealed carry permit issued by another state. This bill, which was passed and signed into law, also grants the Department of Public Safety continued authority to enter into written reciprocity agreements with other states if those states require such an agreement before recognizing Mississippi carry permits.

 

Education

Chris authored the “Mississippi Opportunity Scholarship and Educational Improvement Tax Credit Act of 2012” to provide scholarships to low- and middle-income students in low performing districts to pay tuition at a different public school or private school. It also would allow parents sending their children to private school to get a state income tax credit for the private school tuition. Chris has also led the fight against Common Core, arguing that local communities and teachers should decide how best to educate our children.

 

Protecting Taxpayers

Chris believes the government has a duty to be accountable for how it spends taxpayer dollars. That’s why he introduced legislation that would require recipients of public assistance to be subject to random testing for nicotine. And that’s why Chris was one of just a few lawmakers who gave back portions of their salaries to the state’s general fund.

Chris has also been willing to vote against spending bills when he believed our state could not afford it. He was one of only two state senators to vote against a $196 million borrowing bill that included millions of dollars for questionable projects, including a Grammy museum in Cleveland, the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum, and $1 million for a museum to house the country music collection of singer Marty Stuart in Philadelphia.

 

Fighting for his Constituents

Chris authored Nathan’s Law which honors five-year-old Nathan Key of Jones County who was killed in 2009 when he was struck by a vehicle that passed his stopped school bus. The law permits felony charges against anyone who passes a stopped school bus and harms or kills a child and allows for misdemeanor charges against motorists who get too close to parked buses. The law requires motorists to stay at least 10 feet from a stopped school bus with fines up to $750 for a first offense. On a second offense, violators face a fine and up to a year in prison. Nathan’s Law was passed and signed into law.

Chris also authored Karen’s Law in honor of a Jones County teenager who was kidnapped, raped and killed in 1987. The killer pleaded guilty to manslaughter and received the maximum prison sentence allowed of 20 years. Chris believed Mississippi’s manslaughter laws were far behind those of other states and authored Karen’s Law to increase the sentence for manslaughter to a maximum of 30 years for any adult who kills a minor. The bill was passed and signed into law in 2012.

Chris has worked tirelessly to protect Mississippi’s children, writing the Child Protection Act, which requires immediate reporting of a suspected sex crime against a minor. This bill was signed into law in 2012. Chris also introduced legislation that raises the penalty for filing a false police report and mandates that crime victims are entitled to a free copy of initial police incident reports.

 

Private Property Rights

As a first-term senator in 2010, Chris led the fight to protect private property rights when he took on then-Gov. Haley Barbour, a fellow Republican, and urged his fellow state senators to override Gov. Barbour’s veto of eminent domain legislation that would prevent government from taking private land for use by private companies.

 

Voter ID Legislation

Chris helped defeat a poorly constructed voter ID bill that would have given felons the right to vote and instituted early voting. Instead, Chris pushed for a stronger voter ID bill that led to a statewide referendum that was approved by voters.

 

ENDORSEMENTS

Chris McDaniel has already received a number of endorsements from leading conservatives across Mississippi and the nation and is grateful for and humbled by the support of these fine people and organizations.

“I’ve known Chris for several years now and he has proven to be a conservative leader in the Mississippi State Senate. He is what Mississippi and the United States needs now.”

– Senator Chris Massey (R-Nesbit)

“The national media keeps asking ‘where are the new leaders for the Republican Party?’. I am proud to say that one such leader is willing to step forward and bear that torch for Mississippi. Chris McDaniel is a role model for Senate leadership in Mississippi and will carry his hard-working Christian values to lead us in Washington.”

– Senator David Parker (R-Olive Branch)

National Leaders and Organizations

  • Gary Bauer
  • Sean Hannity
  • Laura Ingraham
  • Mark Levin
  • Sarah Palin
  • Ron Paul
  • Rick Santorum
  • Phyllis Schlafly
  • American Conservative Union
  • Club for Growth
  • Citizens United
  • Freedom Works
  • Gun Owners of America
  • Madison Project
  • National Association for Gun Rights
  • Our Liberty Elections
  • Right Wing News
  • Senate Conservatives Fund
  • Tea Party Express
  • Tea Party Patriots’ citizens fund
  • Young Americans for Liberty

Mississippi Organization

  • Central Mississippi Tea Party
  • Gulf Coast Tea Party
  • Hattiesburg Tea Party
  • Leflore/Carroll Tea Party
  • Meridian Tea Party
  • Pearl River Patriots
  • South Mississippi Tea Party
  • The Mississippi Tea Party
  • Tupelo Tea Party
  • Vicksburg Tea Party

 

Mississippians  

  • Senator Philip Gandy – DF43 (R- Waynesboro)
  • Allen Hamilton 
  • Senator Angela Hill – SD40 (R- Picayune)
  • Senator Billy Hudson – SD45
  • Michael Kelly Police Chief of Seminary
  • Mayor Hal Marx  Mayor of Petal
  • Senator Chris Massey- SD 1 (R- Nesbit)
  • Senator David Parker – SD19 (R- Olive Branch)
  • Dannie Reed Former State Represenatative (R- Ackerman) HD 35
  • Senator Tony Smith – SD47 (R-Picayune)
  • Senator Melanie Sojourner – SD37  (R-Natchez)
  • Senator Michael Watson – SD51 (R-Pascagoula)
  • Lee Yancey Former State Senator