A native son of Mississippi, Nic Lott is committed to hard work, common sense solutions, and moving Mississippi forward.
As Ole Miss’s first black student body president, Nic was proud to show a different face of our state to the rest of the nation. He believes that by working together, our state can forge a new path that benefits all of our citizens. A firm believer in limited government and the free market, Nic is committed to using our natural resources to create an energy policy that provides all of us safe, clean, and efficient power at a low price. He is determined to make sure our state provides maximum economic opportunity by seeking to provide access to modern technology statewide. At the same time, Nic dedicates himself to making sure that technology is used correctly by cracking down on those who violate our laws regarding harassing phone calls from illegal spammers.
Nic had the privilege of working in Washington, DC as a White House intern for President George W. Bush. He served on the congressional staff for Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott and House Conference Committee Chairman JC Watts. He returned to Mississippi at the request of Governor Haley Barbour and served in his administration and the administration of Governor Phil Bryant. Working in such diverse areas of government has given Nic the ability to understand better how to integrate the different roles of management to both accomplish goals as well as eliminate wasteful duplication inherent in massive bureaucracies.
A Passion for Economic Development
Economic Development has been a lifelong passion for Nic. No economic system in human history has allowed more wealth to be created and pulled more people out of poverty than free market capitalism. Mississippi must continue to provide a low regulatory climate, low taxes, and a low cost of living so that our business, both large and small, can compete with the rest of the world. Keeping energy rates low is crucial to making that happen. Working with our power companies, we can continue to ensure that all areas of our state can grow economically with access to abundant energy to maintain that possibility. As your Public Service Commissioner, Nic will continue modernizing our nation’s outdated infrastructure and cutting burdensome red tape holding back needed progress.
Nic has worked with the Mississippi Development Authority, our state’s lead economic and community development agency. He chairs the Mississippi chapter of America's Future Foundation, a national network of young professionals focused on the ideas of free markets, limited government, and personal responsibility. Nic also chairs E3 Vanguard's board, an organization focused on strengthening family values, quality education, economic opportunity, and faith in God. Nic’s commitment to limited government allowed him to be the first speaker at the massive Taxpayer March on Washington on September 12, 2009, where he pushed back against federal overreach.
Delivering for Mississippi Families
Nic has dedicated himself to working hard to ensure all Mississippians have opportunities for good paying jobs to support themselves and their families. He has led the way in promoting innovation, regulatory reform, and job creation here at home.
Born and raised in Taylorsville, Mississippi, Nic graduated from the University of Mississippi. He has been an active leader in Mississippi for decades on a range of issues, including education. An alumnus of the U. S. Senate's African-American Leadership Summit, Nic is included in Who's Who in Black Mississippi, Top 40 Under 40 by the Mississippi Business Journal, and the Business Chronicles "Young Guns: Top Business and Community Leaders." He currently serves on the advisory committee of the United States Commission on Civil Rights, the state board of the Congress of Racial Equality, and the International Ballet Competition board.
Nic chairs the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities Advisory Board dedicated to the reduction, and ultimate elimination, of health disparities through community engagement. He is a former member of the Mississippi Community Education Center board, the FBI Citizens Leadership Academy, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mississippi board, Leadership Greater Jackson Executive Committee, United Way's Young Leaders in Philanthropy board, and the University of Mississippi Central Alumni Board. He is also a former member of the University of Mississippi's College of Liberal Arts Alumni Board and the Ole Miss Black Alumni Board.
Last year, Lott was inducted into MIPAD, a global civil society initiative. In support of the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent representing 2015 – 2024, the Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD) honored 200 high achievers of African descent under the age of 40 from around the world. He was one of eight "Pink Tie Guys" named by the Mississippi chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Pink Tie Guys serve as ambassadors for the organization in raising awareness about breast cancer and raising funds for research.
Lott blogged for CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 during the inauguration of President Barack Obama. He appears as a political commentator and guest on multiple outlets including CNN, WRBJ-TV, WJSU-TV, WMPN-TV, and Supertalk Mississippi. Lott appeared on a CNN Special Series focused on successful innovators working to make improvements within African-American communities. He is a former weekly contributor to WJSU's political radio show "Issues and Images,” a winner of the Mississippi Association of Broadcasters Award for Excellence in a Series, and he serves on an advisory panel for the Washington Post. Lott appears in the documentary Mississippi Remixed, a fresh look at race relations in the Deep South.
He is the proud father of 11-year-old Nicholas William Espy Lott.