Kelly Mims is a Lee County native who graduated from Plantersville Junior High and Tupelo High School. He graduated from Mississippi State University and married his high school sweetheart, Lynn Simmons. Kelly earned his J.D. from the Ole Miss School of Law and returned to Tupelo where he and Lynn are now raising four children, Parker (18), Carson (16), Jared (14), and Avery(13). 

Kelly has spent nearly 30 years serving our nation in the United States military. He is currently a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserves where he commands more than 200 drill sergeants from across four states. In 2005, Kelly was deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom as part of the 155th Armored Brigade of Mississippi National Guard, based in Tupelo. 

Kelly serves as a Deacon at the Northeast Church of Christ where he attends services three times a week. Kelly and Lynn have served as foster parents with the Lee County Department of Human Services for years and have adopted one child from foster care.

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