Kirk Fordice, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death

    

Kirk Fordice

American politician

Date of Birth: 10-Feb-1934

Place of Birth: Memphis, Tennessee, United States

Date of Death: 07-Sep-2004

Profession: businessperson, engineer, politician

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius


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About Kirk Fordice

  • Daniel Kirkwood "Kirk" Fordice Jr.
  • (February 10, 1934 – September 7, 2004), was an American politician and businessman who served as the 61st Governor of Mississippi from 1992 to 2000.
  • His tenure was marked by racial tensions, an extramarital affair with his high school sweetheart, and a subsequent divorce from his wife of 44 years to marry her.
  • He was the first Republican governor of the state since Reconstruction-era governor Adelbert Ames, who served from 1874 to 1876, and the first governor elected to two consecutive four-year terms (following a 1987 amendment to the state constitution).
  • Fordice was a staunch conservative, running on a pro-business, anti-crime, low-tax, family values platform.A successful businessman, Fordice took over his father's construction company and became a millionaire.
  • He ran for governor in 1991 as a Republican, championing various conservative causes.
  • Although initially popular among voters, Fordice gained notoriety for his controversial statements.
  • He opposed affirmative action, championed anti-crime programs, led welfare reform efforts, and proudly touted his conservative Christian views.
  • Many non-white voters and impoverished or disadvantaged Mississippians protested against the Fordice administration.
  • He was also criticized by environmentalists, who viewed Fordice as a denier of science.

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