- Spouse: Governor Phil 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.
Mrs. Bryant retired from St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson after more than 39 years. She focused her professional efforts on quality and performance improvement within the hospital.
As first lady, Mrs. Bryant has made a firm commitment to serving the people of Mississippi from all walks of life. Her love of children has led her to joining efforts in supporting Batson Children’s Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi, and serving as an Ambassador for UMMC.
With early childhood education being a focal point of her platform, Mrs. Bryant will “Read Across Mississippi” to students in all 82 counties throughout 2014.
She continues to be involved in Governor Bryant’s Teen Pregnancy Task Force, meeting with youth, educators, political and religious leaders throughout the state.
Another passion of Mrs. Bryant’s is the preservation of the 1841 Mississippi Governor’s Mansion, which is the second oldest consecutively occupied residence in the United States. Her commitment to overseeing the daily operation of the mansion and maintaining a 173 year old building is a top priority for both she and Governor Bryant.
In addition to her role as First Lady, Mrs. Bryant works part time as Director of Community Development at Community Bank.
She and Governor Bryant, her husband of 37 years, have two grown children, Katie and Patrick, and are active members of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Brandon, Mississippi.