Grady Franklin "Gray" Tollison (born September 8, 1964) is a Republican member of the Mississippi Senate, representing District 9 since 1996. In January 2012, Tollison was appointed Chairman of the Senate Education Committee by Lt. Governor Tate Reeves. From 2004 until 2012, he served as Chairman of the Judiciary, Division “B” Committee under the leadership of Lt. Governor Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Amy Tuck. He also serves as a member of the Rules, Finance, Public Health and Welfare, Universities and Colleges, and Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Committees.

Gray Tollison
President pro tempore of the Mississippi Senate
In office
January 11, 2019 – January 7, 2020
Preceded byTerry C. Burton
Succeeded byDean Kirby
Member of the Mississippi Senate
from the 9th district
In office
January 2, 1996 – January 7, 2020
Preceded by???
Succeeded byNicole Boyd
Personal details
Grady Franklin Tollison

(1964-09-08) September 8, 1964 (age 55)
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic (Before 2011)
Republican (2011–present)
Spouse(s)Farish Percy
EducationRhodes College (BA)
University of Mississippi, Oxford (JD)

Tollison switched to the Republican Party on November 11, 2011, two days after winning his fifth election as a Democrat in the Mississippi Senate.[1] This occurred only after Mississippi Republicans seized the control of House of Representatives & State Senate for the first time since the 1800s.[2]

Tollison is a graduate of Oxford High School, Rhodes College and the University of Mississippi School of Law.

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  1. ^ "State Sen. Gray Tollison of Oxford jumps from Democrat to GOP". The Clarion-Ledger. Jackson, MS. AP.
  2. ^ "Tollison joins Senate GOP ranks". NEMS Daily Journal.

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Mississippi State Senate
Preceded by
Terry C. Burton
President pro tempore of the Mississippi Senate
Succeeded by
Dean Kirby