(JACKSON, Miss.) – Jackson State University class of 2000 College of Business graduate Derrick Simmons was elected to the Mississippi State Senate in the March 1, 2011, special election for District 12. Simmons, a Democrat, will fill the vacancy created by former senator Johnnie Walls, who was elected to the Circuit Court. Simmons will serve until the 2011 Mississippi legislative elections.
An attorney and businessman, Simmons graduated from JSU as the top accounting student. He earned his law degree from the Howard University School of Law and his M.B.A. from the Howard Business School. The Greenville native is married to the former CuWanda Flowers.