Staff Snapshots | Lisa Davis
Dec. 9, 2021 | State Legislatures News | Print
Hometown: Batesville, Miss.
Role: Deputy assistant clerk, Mississippi House of Representatives
Years of legislative service: 29
The best advice she was ever given: “Never take sides, despite the issues, and always remain impartial.”
Why did you choose to work at the Legislature?
After serving four years with a governor who was defeated, the entire administration had to find employment. Fortunately, I had already developed relationships with some legislators as the assistant scheduler for the governor. Those relationships opened the door for me to interview for the position of deputy clerk. I was selected and have served for the last 29 years.
What skill or talent are you most proud of?
I’m most proud of being called “the voice” for our state. I have been complimented on numerous occasions on how well I have read various resolutions and amendments. The role of reading different impromptu resolutions and amendments can be difficult at times. Despite these challenges, I have always been dedicated and committed to the position.
Who or what inspires you?
I’m inspired by our youths, who are our future. It is always my goal to make sure our youths have an opportunity to visit their state capitol to learn about the process. I’m always happy to hear from those even today who said I had an impact on their lives.
What’s one thing you love about your state?
We are the hospitality state, and that is so true. That is one thing I love to know: that we welcome people with a smile or hug upon first meeting them. Our state has gone through changes and challenges but the one thing that is true no matter the differences is we have that hospitality.
What are you currently reading/listening to/watching?
I am currently reading “I Declare: 31 Promises to Speak Over Your Life,” by Joel Osteen. This book has kept me spiritually uplifted during these trying times. It’s a constant reminder that no matter what the circumstances, I can get through it.
This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
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