About

John Horhn was born in 1955, in Goodman, Mississippi. At just three weeks old, his family moved to Jackson where he has resided ever since.

John is a graduate of the Jackson Public School System. He received his B.A. from Centre College of Kentucky where he has served on the Board of Trustees and been named as Alumnus of the Year.

John continued his higher education at Jackson State University in Community Leadership Development and is a graduate of the Governors’ Center in strategic planning at Duke University.

In 1995, John was named a Henry S. Toll fellow with the Council of State Governments.

John served in a variety of positions after graduating. He worked as a job developer for high school drop-outs and ran a cultural arts coalition, from which arose the Farish Street Festival.

In 1981, John began a 12-year tenure with Mississippi State Government, first as a program manager for the Mississippi Arts Commission, and later, in 1985, as the State Film Commissioner.

In 1988, John was tapped by Governor Ray Mabus to head the Governor’s Office of Federal/State programs, overseeing a staff of 250 with an annual budget exceeding $150 million.

Following that, John served for three-and- a-half years as State Tourism Director.

John is currently in his 24th year as a member of the Mississippi State Senate representing District 26, which includes parts of Hinds and Madison Counties. In the legislature, Senator John Horhn has distinguished himself with a strong record on economic development and being a vocal advocate for the citizens of Jackson.

John is just beginning his 10th year as Chairman of the Economic Development Committee in the Senate. He has sponsored and/or led the passage of bills authorizing more than $500 million in projects specifically to support the City of Jackson. This includes $300 million for water/sewer and street improvements through the 1% sales tax, $92 million for the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and Mississippi History Museum, $82 million for the Telecom Center/Jackson Convention Center, $20 million for the JSU Metro Parkway, and $20 million for the Westin Hotel.

John has worked tirelessly to obtain funding for loans for small businesses and first-time home-owners, a grant program for properties with historic and cultural value, as well as loans for businesses owned by minorities and women. John has consistently made it his mission to see that black-owned businesses are given an opportunity to compete for business in the state.

John serves on numerous boards, including the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Advisory Commission, the Preventive Health Advisory Board at the Mississippi Department of Health, Jackson Chamber of Commerce and Metro Partnership Board of Directors, Mississippi Museum of Art Board of Trustees, the Mississippi Blues Foundation, where he serves as Vice-Chairman, the JSU Institute of Government Advisory Board, past member of the B. B. King Museum Board of Trustees and the Centre College of Kentucky Board of Trustees, among others.

In private life, John works as a business development consultant. He is an accomplished actor, story-teller, and motivational speaker who often visits schools to read and perform for students.

A member of the Screen Actors’ Guild, he has appeared in several feature films and made-for-tv movies.

John is married to the former Lydia Gail Cole, he and Lydia are the proud parents of two children.