UPDATE: Ross to join GOP House race

By Patsy Brumfield/Daily Journal

EUPORA – Henry Ross, former Eupora Mayor, will formally announce his candidacy Tuesday as a Republican for U.S. Congress in Mississippi’s First District, his campaign said today.

Ross will launch his campaign with a bus tour with gatherings in Hernando, Corinth, Tupelo and Columbus.

He becomes the second announced GOP candidate for the party’s nomination to unseat Democratic Rep. Travis Childers of Booneville. State Sen. Alan Nunnelee launched his GOP campaign last week. The primary is in June and the general election in November.

The tour will begin in Hernando with a stop at the DeSoto County Courthouse at 11 a.m., then move to Corinth and stop at the Crossroads Museum (Old Train Depot) at 2 p.m., and on to Tupelo at the Veteran’s Memorial Park at 3:40 p.m. before wrapping up in Columbus at 5:15 p.m. at the Wingate Hotel.

Ross received business and law degrees from the University of Mississippi. On completion of active duty in the U.S. Navy as a JAG Corps officer, he was an assistant district attorney, and was later appointed circuit court judge and elected mayor of Eupora. He continued his military service in the Naval Reserve, retiring at the rank of commander.

Most recently he was a senior counsel in the Department of Justice in President George W. Bush’s Administration. Ross is married to a fellow Eupora native, the former Anne Booth and they have three children who attend the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University.