A native of Laurel, Mississippi, Rebekah has worked in the communications and public policy fields for over a decade and currently works as president of her own consulting firm, Free State Strategies. Rebekah previously served as Gov. Haley Barbour’s policy director on issues including budget, finance, workforce and economic development, pension reform, and government efficiency. Most recently, she has built on this experience to serve as a senior advisor to Lt. Governor Tate Reeves, assisting him with passage of major policy priorities and management of legislative committees. Rebekah graduated summa cum laude from Mississippi College and has a Master of Business Administration from Vanderbilt University. Rebekah is a Fellow of the second class of the Civil Society Fellowship, a Partnership of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and The Aspen Institute, and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Conservatives pulled Mississippi’s budget out of the ditch, deserve credit
In the last twenty years, Mississippians have seen historic tax cuts, tremendous gains in per capita income, and a return to the idea that taxpayers, not the government, know best how to spend their dollars.
Despite naysayers, the Legislature consistently invests in Jackson
Rebekah Staples challenges the idea that the Legislature has "disinvested" in Jackson, noting that between 2012-2019 state investment in the Capital City was $263.9 million. The average investment in Jackson exceeds that of the State's investment in 76% of statewide agencies.
PERS: A Legislative Math Problem
Although pension issues have been used as a political wedge in the past, it’s time for a new paradigm. Last week, members of the Mississippi Senate Finance Committee convened to hear an update from the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) executive director regarding the funded status of the plan. I listened with great interest as…
Rebirth of the City Beautiful
The Laurel example is a powerful reminder about what can be achieved when a community truly works together. I’ve loved my hometown of Laurel, Miss., for as long as I can remember. Even some nine years ago when I needed to pick a name for my business, it took me all of two minutes to…
Long Beach Middle’s house system gives students unique life lessons
Reeves announces reimbursement reform initiatives to Medicaid
Why businesses should support a Citizens Police Academy
Tombigbee Fiber brings Wi-Fi to 9 North Mississippi football fields