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Former House Speaker Philip Gunn finds new job with Balch Policy Advisors

Philip Gunn served as Mississippi's speaker of the House from 2012-2024 (Photo by SuperTalk Mississippi News)

Former House Speaker Philip Gunn has found a new gig coming off his two-decade career in the legislature.

According to a new release, Gunn has joined Balch Policy Advisors, LLC as part of the firm’s Public Policy & Government Relations Practice. An attorney by trade, the former Republican politician will work out of the firm’s Jackson office. Balch Policy Advisors is a subsidiary of Balch & Bingham.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to have served the people of Mississippi for two decades and look forward to this new, exciting chapter,” Gunn said. “I have always had a tremendous amount of respect for Balch, and I am excited to collaborate with the firm’s talented teams of attorneys and government relations professionals to help clients navigate political and regulatory landscapes.”

The release highlighted Gunn’s work to remove the controversial state flag, implement the largest tax cut in state history, and give K-12 educators a pay raise.

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“We are thrilled to welcome Philip to Balch Policy Advisors,” Robin Laurie, chair of Balch’s Public Policy & Government Relations Practice, said. “His knowledge, experience, and insight will provide tremendous value to clients as we work to solve complex challenges.”

Gunn will help clients navigate “regulatory hurdles” when it comes to creating new economic development opportunities, according to the release. He will provide counsel on effectively engaging with local, state, and federal officials by offering strategic guidance to clients.

Gunn was first elected to the legislature in 2003, representing portions of Hinds and Madison counties. In 2012, his peers selected him as speaker of the House, a post he held until January 2024 after choosing not to seek reelection going into the previous campaign cycle.

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