I-55, Mississipi (WJTV) – From Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana to Oxford, Mississippi, Jay Hughes has lived a life along the Mississippi River. Friends say he had a poor existence early in life and worked whatever job imaginable from oyster shucker, to a truck driver and a janitor. That’s when he decided to enter the U.S. Army as a means of service and as a path to further his education.
He went to college at Nicholls State University. Afterward, he went to the University of Mississippi Law School where he met Cris, whom he would later marry. The two have a daughter, Patricia, who is a senior in high school.
In addition to practicing law, Hughes caught the entrepreneurial spirit. He opened a number of small businesses and created hundreds of jobs across the state. Despite the busy schedule, friends say the two can often be seen in Oxford on their weekly ‘date night.’
The state representative is running for Lt. Governor. 12 News caught up with him on the campaign trail at Irl Dean Rhodes’ monthly prayer breakfast in Rankin County.