Tammy Cotton grew up in a two-parent household and is the eldest of four children. Her parents taught her from an early age, the importance of being responsible, caring for others, and hard work. After graduating from Mt. Olive High School, Tammy continued her education in the Capital City at Tougaloo College, she transferred to Jones Community College and following Jones she finished her studies at the University Of Southern Mississippi.
As someone who relishes in helping communities identify and incorporate effective change, she strongly supports relevant not-for- profit organizations. Tammy has made lasting impacts on the organizations she worked for including, the Mississippi Regional Housing Authority, 21st Century Learning Grant, the American Red Cross and the Mississippi Association for Justice. Tammy is completely dedicated to social issues, such as health care for all Mississippians, rebuilding and revitalization of neighborhoods, and most importantly nurturing and mentoring our youth into productive citizens.
Having a heart for service, Tammy worked for the American Red Cross to insure that victims received immediate help after Hurricane Katrina. While at 21st Century, Tammy coordinated Jeff Davis County’s After School Programs so that children in the district had a safe place to learn, play and be productive. As a Lobbyist she advocated to insure that bills that were beneficial to all Mississippians were accepted and enacted into law.
Tammy instinctively understands that serving our communities is one of the most important tasks we have. She demonstrates this personal philosophy through her membership at New Jerusalem Church, her affiliation with the Downtown Neighborhood Association, and Leadership Mississippi.
Tammy is married to Attorney Ramel Cotton. They have a daughter Madison, son Cody, daughter-in-law Sarah, and beautiful granddaughter, Szoey!