Early Life & Education
Tyrone 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 Bachelors 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 started 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 will work to ensure that ALL people have a voice 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 this community deserves.
Tyrone and his wife, Ercilla, have two children: Farah (10) and Tyrone II (3).
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