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Clifford Ronald Shows (born January 26, 1947) is a former Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from Mississippi.

Ronald Shows
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Mississippi's 4th district
In office
January 3, 1999 – January 3, 2003
Preceded byMike Parker
Succeeded byGene Taylor
Member of the Mississippi Senate
In office
Personal details
Clifford Ronald Shows

(1947-01-26) January 26, 1947 (age 72)
Moselle, Mississippi, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic

Shows was born in Moselle, Mississippi. He attended Lawrence County Academy in Monticello, a segregation academy established in response to Supreme Court rulings ordering the desegregation of public schools He graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi in 1971, earning degrees in education and political science. Shows worked as a teacher, before being elected as circuit clerk of Jefferson Davis County, Mississippi in 1976. From 1980 until 1988 he was a member of the Mississippi State Senate.

Shows was elected to Congress in 1998 and represented Mississippi's 4th district from January 3, 1999 until January 3, 2003. In 2002, Shows was pitted against fellow Congressman Chip Pickering, a Republican from the neighboring 3rd District, after Mississippi lost a seat in the 2000 Congressional redistricting. Shows' Jackson-based district was dismantled and split between three neighboring districts. The largest chunk, including his home in Bassfield, was placed in Pickering's district. The new district heavily favored Pickering; notably, it was seven points whiter than Shows' old district and contained over 60 percent of Pickering's former territory. Pickering soundly defeated Shows with over 60% of the vote in the new 3rd District.

In the 107th Congress, Shows introduced the Federal Marriage Amendment with 22 cosponsors. If passed, it would have amended the U.S. Constitution to define marriage as legally between one man and one woman.[1] The Amendment failed to advance in Congress.

Shows is a resident of Bassfield, Mississippi.


  1. ^ "Democrat Proposes Anti-Gay Marriage Constitutional Amendment". Log Cabin Republicans. 2002-05-15. Retrieved 2009-01-16.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Mike Parker
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Mississippi's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
Chip Pickering