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Tyrone Hendrix
Ward 6

Early Life & Education

Tyrone Hendrix is a husband, father, community organizer, community activist, businessman, and your Ward 6 Councilman.  He has faced many dark obstacles while traveling through life’s journey, but he transformed these experiences into a bright torch that ignites a passion within to help others. He may wear several hats, but he credits his love for people and his commitment to improving the welfare and lives of citizens in our community as motivation for becoming a public servant.

Councilman Hendrix is a native of Jackson, Mississippi, and is the son of Henry Hendrix and the late Pondra Hendrix. He was raised and has lived in South Jackson for the majority of his life.

A proud product of Jackson Public Schools, Tyrone attended Peeples Middle School and graduated from Forest Hill High School. From there, he went on to Jackson State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology as well as a Master of Arts in Political Science.

Tyrone’s life changed when his mother passed away when he was only thirteen. He watched his mother struggle with illness because she was unable to afford quality health care. Seeing this compelled Tyrone to commit himself to public service – as he says – “because I wanted to work to ensure that others would not have to suffer like my mom did.”

A Foundation in Building Stronger Communities

Tyrone began his career as a community organizer in low-to-moderate income neighborhoods, where he worked to empower citizens to improve their communities. Working closely with residents, Tyrone fought for community policing, additional streetlights, living wage ordinances, and the construction of speed bumps in residential areas.

Having built a solid foundation in community organizing, Tyrone would go on to serve as the Obama for America organizer for Mississippi’s 2nd and 3rd Congressional Districts during President Obama’s 2008 campaign.

Later, as the State Director of Organizing for America in Mississippi, Tyrone organized grassroots and political support for the passage of the Affordable Care Act – also known as Obamacare. Tyrone also served as Deputy Campaign Manager of Johnny DuPree for Governor – the first African American nominee for governor of a major political party in Mississippi. 

In November 2008, Tyrone and his wife, Ercilla Dometz-Hendrix, founded a grassroots political consulting firm that continues to serve progressive causes and candidates.

Committed to the Future of Ward 6

As your Ward 6 representative, Tyrone offers valuable experience recruiting and developing leaders to tackle the challenges facing our communities. He strives to serve the people of our community through various, specialized committees on the City Council. Currently, he serves as the Chair of the Legislative and Rules Committees, Vice Chair for the Planning, Economic Development and Government Operations Committees, and sits on the Budget and Education/ Youth Ad-hoc Committees.

Believing in the power of public involvement and providing a voice for everyone, Tyrone has organized several town hall meetings in an effort to engage the local community and its residents on key issues which affect their everyday lives such as Infrastructure, Economic Development, Budget and Finance, and additional city-wide concerns.

Fighting to improve the welfare of citizens, he authored the minimum wage ordinance which ensures a wage increase for hard working City of Jackson employees. He fights for governmental and financial transparency by supporting programs and initiatives that will place accountability on local government and monitor the hard-earned money of tax payers. He recognizes and understands the many challenges small business owners face, so he continues to advocate for these local, minority businesses to make sure they have an equal seat at the table with the City of Jackson.

Looking towards the future, Tyrone will work hard to ensure that ALL people have a voice and opportunity to become an active participant in our government and are armed with the resources we need to provide for our communities. He is passionate about serving the residents of South Jackson in particular - and the City of Jackson as a whole - and providing pragmatic and innovative solutions that our community deserves.

Councilman Hendrix and his wife, Ercilla, have two children: Farah (10) and Tyrone II (3).


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Ward 6

219 South President Street
Jackson, MS 39205-0017
(601) 960-1089-office
(601) 960-1032-fax
thendrix@city.jackson.ms.us




Committees

Legislative,
Chair

Rules,
Chair


Planning,
Vice Chair

Economic Development,
Vice Chair

Government Operations,
Vice Chair

Budget

Education/ Youth Ad-hoc