Gray Tollison has served in the Mississippi Senate since 1996. He is 10th in seniority out of 52 State Senators. Gray was appointed Chairman of the Senate Education Committee by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves in January, 2012. He also serves as a member of the Public Health and Welfare committee, Finance Committee and Universities and Colleges Committee. Gray previously served as Chairman of the Judiciary “B” Committee where he lead efforts aimed to improve public safety, reduce crime and reform the juvenile justice system.
Gray has led efforts to achieve significant education reform in Mississippi. In the 2013 legislation session, Tollison was instrumental in passage of a third grade literacy promotion act and an improved accountability A-F grading system. In 2014, Tollison worked to meet the challenge of the 3rd grade reading program by including more reading coaches, adopting a statewide kindergarten readiness assessment and ensuring future elementary teachers are prepared to teach reading.
- 6th Generation from Lafayette County
- Graduate of Oxford High School, 1982
- Rhodes College, 1986
- Ole Miss law school, 1990.
- Member, Christ Presbyterian Church
- Married to Amanda and two children: Grady, age 18, and Laurel, age 15.