Candidate Profile
Dana Criswell

Republican , Mississippi


Dana Criswell
State House, Dist. 6

Panel Rating

Very Conservative Information icon


Conservative Organizations

Americans for Prosperity MS, 2016:  100%
Empower Mississippi, 2016:  A
American Conservative Union MS (ACU-MS), 2018:  100%, 97% (cum.)
Business and Industry Political Education Committee (BIPEC), 2019:  B, B (cum.)



Liberal Organizations

American Civil Liberties Union MS (ACLU), 2018:  50%




Reported by Candidate

Andy Gipson, MS Commissioner of Agriculture, David Wallace, City of Olive Branch Alderman, Milton Nichols, Desoto County School Board, Joy Henderson, City of Olive Branch Alderwoman

Selected Contributions


State Republican Party Organizations (2019)







Other Information

key votes from Vote Smart


Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Agree

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

If the life of the mother is in jeopardy then the decision of which life to save should be made by the doctor and family.


It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has a livable income.

Strongly Disagree

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree

Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Strongly Agree

Socialism provides a robust foundation for a stable economy.

Strongly Disagree

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Reduce government regulations that hinder economic growth. Contrary to what many politicians believe government can not efficiently or effectively create jobs. The role of government in job creation is to establish an environment where honest people can prosper. Government can do this by reducing unneeded regulations and decreasing the tax burden it places on businesses.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

Government should ensure that contracts are enforced and that regulations exist to ensure a fair and equal field for competition.

Religious Liberty

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or business owners because of their deeply held religious beliefs.

Strongly Agree

Governments should not penalize those who define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.

Strongly Agree

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Strongly Agree


It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health insurance.

Strongly Disagree

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

Remove government regulations such as Certificate of Need (CON) laws that reduce competition in the health care industry. CON laws create monopolies in the heath care industry that favor large corporations who want government to limit its competition. Also reducing regulations that prohibit the sale of some insurance policies across state lines and that prevent small businesses from creating buying co-ops.

National Security

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

Strongly Agree

I support sanctuary cities.

Strongly Disagree

Islamic law (Sharia) should take precedence over national and state laws where there are Islamic majority communities in the U. S.

Strongly Disagree

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.



Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree


Biblical values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree

Any teaching to children on sex education in public schools must include all contraceptive methods, and should not show preference to abstinence.

Strongly Disagree

People should be allowed to use public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms based on "gender identity."

Strongly Disagree

Free speech is under attack on public university and college campuses.

Strongly Agree

Parents should be the primary authority in decisions affecting their minor children.

Strongly Agree

What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

I believe our founding fathers were lead by God to create a nation where His word and His people could prosper. The people of the United States have done more to spread the word of God than any other nation. But, just as God warned the people of Israel when they demanded a king humans in positions of power are prone to abuse and expand their power. Our nation has remained strong because we limit the power of individuals.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe Jesus is the Son of God and died for my sins. Because of the love God has for me I have been saved and am a child of His.


When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

Very Conservative

Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

As a legislator I have consistently voted against all bond issues. I have also consistently voted against all attempts to increase taxes on the people of Mississippi. I have four years of voting records in the Mississippi House of Representatives that prove my commitment to conservative principles.

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

Citizens of the United States are called upon to participate in our government by voting and by seeking positions where they can serve the public. As a Boeing 767 captain for FedEx I have learned to gather information and make decision, I use that skill as a legislator as I prepare to cast my vote. I also have a Masters degree in Education, this degree and my experience as a professor at Delta State University gives me insight and assist me as I make decisions relating to the education of our children.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you: 901-275-4191

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

This year concludes my first term representing the people of Olive Branch in District 6. I promised you four years ago that I would always vote according to the principles and values that you elected me to uphold. I have never compromised those values, I have never traded a vote or sold a vote for personal gain. This year I am asking you to support me for another four year term. I make the same promise now that I made before. I will always uphold the values of conservative limited government, I will always demand transparency and openness, and I will never sell my vote or compromise my principles for personal gain of money, position or power.

Criminal Justice

I support the death penalty.


Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.


2nd Amendment

More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.

Strongly Disagree

Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree


  • Delta State University, Cleveland, MS, Bachelor, 1986
  • University of Louisiana - Monroe, Monroe, LA, Masters, 1988
Work & Military
  • Civil Air Patrol, Major, 1988-1990
  • Jackson Co. Sheriff Aux., Officer, 1988-1990
  • National Rifle Association
  • Mississippi Gun Rights
  • Getwell Church
  • State Representative, Held 2016-2019

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