Special to The Messenger

Congressman-elect Michael Guest has announced his new staff that will operate from his Washington, D.C. and Mississippi offices. “We believe we have assembled a staff of individuals who are dedicated to the people of Mississippi and who also possess the experience to be successful. I’m very proud of these individuals who have agreed to join our team. Every one of them has a proven record of success, commitment to bettering the lives of the people around them, and the humility required of a successful public servant. With this great team, I’m ready to go to Washington, D.C. to fight for you and our values in Congress,” Guest said.

Washington, D.C. Staff

Jordan Downs, Chief of Staff – Jordan is a native of Pearl. Downs began his career with Congressman Gregg Harper as a Legislative Assistant in 2009. Quickly recognized for his leadership skills and aptitude for policy and politics, Downs was promoted to Policy Director and then Deputy Chief of Staff for Congressman Harper. Downs’s 10 years on Capitol Hill have allowed him to develop an understanding of the legislative process, management skills, and a strong network between members of leadership and other key influencers in both the House of Representatives and Senate. Jordan’s experience and leadership will be a key component in the success of the office of Congressman-elect Guest. 

Sharon Johnson, Deputy Chief of Staff – Hailing from Louisville, Johnson has cumulated an impressive 30+ years working for Mississippi Congressmen, first with Congressman Sonny Montgomery, then transferring her expertise to Congressman Chip Pickering’s staff before joining Congressman Gregg Harper’s staff. Sharon has held a position in all staff responsibilities, making her a versatile and experienced asset to Congressman-elect Guest’s staff. 

Rob Pillow, Communications Director – Pillow joined the Guest campaign in early February as the Communications Director and later transitioned into campaign manager during the General Election. Pillow will play an integral part in relaying important news from Congressman-elect Guest to the Mississippians he serves. 

Elizabeth Joseph, Policy Director – Joseph is joining the staff from her role as a staffer for the Committee on House Administration and Congressman Gregg Harper’s office. Joseph’s unique experience with new policy initiatives that benefit Mississippians will be vital in her role as the primary legislative expert on Congressman-elect Guest’s staff.

Luke Little, Legislative Assistant – Little joined the Guest campaign team as a volunteer and quickly made himself an invaluable asset.  

Joseph “Bubba” White, Legislative Assistant – White joined Congressman Harper as a Legislative Assistant, a role in which he handled a policy portfolio that spanned issues including Agriculture, Defense, Transportation, Commerce, Natural Resources, Science, Technology, and Disaster Recovery. 

AnnHilton Buckner, Executive Assistant/Deputy Scheduler – A former Mississippi State University Soccer player, AnnHilton will join Congressman-elect Guest’s staff after graduating from MSU in May of 2018 with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Pre-Law. 

District Staff

Brady Stewart, District Director – A native of Yazoo City, Stewart will serve as Congressman-elect Michael Guest’s District Director, a role that fits Stewart’s experience in Mississippi and leadership capacity. After earning his Bachelor of Science from Delta State University, Stewart began a career in healthcare. He most recently worked for Healthcare Providers Insurance Company as a Marketing Executive where he developed his extensive background in the healthcare sector. In 1998-2000, he served as the first Community Director of Trace Pointe Assisted Living in Clinton, Mississippi before being promoted to Marketing Consultant for Emeritus Assisted living. Stewart will oversee the operations of the district staff and will represent Congressman-elect Guest in the district. Stewart lives in Madison, Mississippi with his wife, the former Kathryn Booth of Brandon, and their two children and serves as Music Director of Madison Heights Church.

Kyle L. Jordan, Deputy District Director – Kyle is a native of Terry, and currently serves as the Deputy District Director for Congressman Gregg Harper. He was an indispensable member of Congressman Harper’s staff having joined the staff in 2009. Kyle will be the representative for the following counties: Clarke, Jasper, Kemper, Lauderdale, Neshoba, Newton, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, and Smith.

Chad Dixon, Field Representative – Dixon is a long-standing resident of Brandon where he lives with his wife, Christie, and their children, Cole Dixon, Langston Cotten, and Shelby Cotten. 

Jimmie Nichols, Field Representative – Jimmie Nichols has over 32 years in law enforcement including service as a city patrolman, investigator, undercover agent and Director of Training for the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics. 

Debra Boutwell, Director of Scheduling – A talented scheduler for Congressman Harper, Debra Boutwell will join Congressman-elect Guest’s staff in the same role. 

Janet Dominy, Director of Constituent Services – Dominy is well-known throughout the district by those who have requested assistance from Congressman Harper’s office. 

Kim Amason, Deputy Director of Constituent Services – Kim is a lifelong resident of Pearl, and attended Pearl High School before she began her career in law. Amason joined the Rankin County District Attorney’s office in 2001 as a paralegal and remained as a member of Congressman-elect Guest’s staff after he became District Attorney in 2008. 

Frances White, Special Assistant for Constituent Services – Located in Meridian, White will continue her service for Congressman-elect Guest after working for Congressman Harper in the same role since 2012. 

Steve Guyton, Military Academy Liaison – Steve is a native of Kosciusko and a 1970 graduate of Ole Miss in Political Science and a minor in journalism. He has been a resident of Jackson since 1987. Guyton is a member of Madison United Methodist Church where he mentors high school members of the church.

Harold Cross, Military Affairs Advisor – Serving as military affairs advisor to Congressman Guest will be USAF veteran Harold Cross of Flowood. General Cross logged over 5,000 flying hours as a Command Air Force Pilot and was a combat veteran of Operation Desert Storm and Panama. He was the commanding general of the Mississippi Army and Air National Guard while serving as Mississippi's Adjutant General.  He commanded Mississippi's military response to Hurricane Katrina and has been with our soldiers and Airmen in Iraq and Afghanistan.