Wife of Miss. governor joins Community Bank board

By Emily Wagster Pettus/The Associated Press

JACKSON — Deborah Bryant, the wife of Gov. Phil Bryant, is now serving on the board of directors for Community Bank of Mississippi.

The bank announced her service Thursday. It was not immediately clear when she joined the board.

Gov. Bryant told The Associated Press this week that his wife had retired from St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson after about 39 years in quality assurance and medical records. He says she’s doing “community outreach” for Community Bank.

The governor has been sharply criticized for saying Tuesday at a forum sponsored by The Washington Post that American education outcomes had declined since “mom is in the work place.” He later told the AP he meant families feel pressured because both parents are busy.

The Republican governor took office in January 2012.