Governor Bill Allain’s face now hangs on the Wall of Governors at the Capitol. Friends and family unveiled a portrait of our 59th governor Monday. There’s been an empty space on the gallery wall between a portrait of his predecessor, Gov. William Winter and successor, Gov. Ray Mabus, since Allain’s death more than four years ago.
Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley says he was mentored by Allain as a young man. Presley commissioned artist Robbye Boyd of Pontotoc to paint the portrait from a photograph.
Allain served one term as Attorney General, followed by a term as governor from 1984 to 1988. He served in the U.S. Army and later went to law school. Gov. Allain earned a reputation as a consumer advocate. He fought utility rate increases and against efforts to store nuclear waste in the state.