From Staff Reports
U.S. Rep. Trent Kelly will speak and visit with 1st District constituents in Webster County next week.
Kelly, a Republican freshman and the newest member of the Mississippi delegation, will be in the Eupora Depot conference room beginning at 4 p.m. Aug. 4. The Depot (855 S. Dunn) houses one of Kelly’s district offices and the Rev. Willy Weddle is his local field representative.
Constituents can enjoy refreshments and visit with the congressman from 4-4:40 p.m. next Thursday. He is scheduled to speak from 4:40-5 p.m., followed by question-and-answer time from 5-5:30 p.m. Kelly will wrap up and conclude his visit from 5:30-6 p.m.
Kelly, 50, is a native of Union who graduated from Union High School and East Central Community College. He earned his bachelor’s degree and juris doctor from the University of Mississippi. In 2010, he received his master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Kelly spent 30 years in the Mississippi Army National Guard as an engineer, and currently serves as a colonel and brigade commander. In 1990, he mobilized for Desert Storm as an engineer second lieutenant. In 2005, he deployed as a major to Iraq with the 155th Brigade as the operations officer of the 150th Engineer Battalion.
From 2009 to 2010, he deployed as a lieutenant colonel to Iraq as the battalion commander of Task Force Knight of the 155th Brigade Combat Team and commanded over 670 troops from Mississippi, Ohio and Kentucky. He has received two Bronze Stars, the Combat Action Badge, the DeFleury Medal, and numerous other federal and state awards for his service.
The former district attorney won a special election last June for the 1st Congressional District. He serves on the House Agriculture and Small Business committees. Additionally, Kelly serves on the Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee; Contracting and Workforce Subcommittee; Commodity, Exchanges, Energy and Credit Subcommittee; and the Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access Subcommittee.
In June, he led a congressional delegation on a two-day trip to Fort Hood, Texas, where lawmakers talked with soldiers about their concerns. Last week, Kelly served as one of Mississippi’s delegates to the Republican National Convention.
Kelly lives in Saltillo with his wife of 25 years, Sheila (a Eupora native), and their three children: John Forrest, Morgan and Jackson. They are members of Saltillo First United Methodist Church.