Heather McTeer (D-MS)
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Heather McTeer 2012 Congressional Candidate Mississippi District 2
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A true daughter of the Mississippi Delta, Heather McTeer was born and raised in Greenville, Miss. She is a product of the public school district, garnering a diploma from T. L. Weston High School. McTeer graduated from Spelman College in 1998 with a B.A. in Sociology. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Tulane University Law School in New Orleans, LA. As a member of McTeer & Associates Law Firm, she handled a diverse group of cases ranging from employment discrimination to medical malpractice and was well versed in the corporate political arena. Heather still holds an active bar license today.
It was while working as an attorney in Greenville, Miss., that she realized how many community needs were unattended. Industry was leaving the area, roads were in terrible condition, and tourism was on the decline. In 2003, McTeer was elected Mayor of the City of Greenville and was elected for a second term in 2007. She is the first African-American and first female to serve in this position.
Under her leadership, the city has thrived. The City of Greenville has received well over fifteen million dollars in grants and federal assistance, completed major infrastructure projects including street and sewer repairs, begun downtown revitalization and been highlighted in both national and international programs for tourism.
One of the youngest mayors within the National Conference of Black Mayors, McTeer served as the organization’s National President from 2008-2009. She also serves as the Chairwoman of the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) Local Government Advisory Committee where she leads a diverse national committee on the discussion of EPA policy and implementation in our communities nationwide. McTeer’s other memberships include the Magnolia Bar Association, The Young Elected Officials Network, Spelman College Alumnae Association, the Rotary Club, Mississippi Bar Association and the Mississippi Municipal League. In Greenville, she is a member of Agape Storage Christian Center, as well as Eta Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and, she serves as the executive director of the McTeer Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides scholarships and other educational resources to students in Mississippi.
McTeer has received numerous award and honors. She has appeared on news outlets such as CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and C-Span. She has been featured in the Washington Post, Mississippi Link, Jackson Clarion Ledger, Jet Magazine, Essence Magazine and the Mississippi Business Journal. McTeer was featured in the May 2005 issue of Essence Magazine as one of the “50 Most Remarkable Women in the World.” She was featured in the November 2011 issue of Marie Claire magazine as the “Top Politician” in their annual “Women On Top” awards. She was also recognized by Black Entertainment Television (BET) as a “Black Woman In Politics That Rock!”