A leader, a community advocate, and a candidate for Senate District 32.
I am Rod G. Hickman: a leader, a community advocate, and a candidate for Senate District 32.
My success has been an aggregated effort among my parents, educators and religious upbringing. Through this community of individuals, a heart of service was instilled in me from a very early age.
My mother, Lucille Hickman, is a woman of faith; and she made sure that most Sundays and many days through the week we were in church and serving God. I credit much of my success to my relationship with God and my strong Christian upbringing. My first classroom setting, first speech and first leadership role were all in church. Most importantly, my strong Christian upbringing has instilled in me a desire to serve and the moral fortitude to do it with integrity.
My father, Glenn Hickman, has worked the same job for as long as I can remember. His work ethic has instilled in me a willingness to work hard, keep my promises and honor my commitments. I often tell people I’m the perfectionist I am today because of my dad. It was never enough for us to participate in anything; we needed to excel and be the best that we could. I still live by those lessons today; that’s why when I go to Jackson, I won’t just be there, I’ll be there fighting for every city, township, and community in District 32. I’ll be fighting to make District 32 number one.
I was educated in the public school system; my education began in Headstart. My grandmother was my babysitter and while I was physically well taken care of, but without Headstart, I would have been behind many of my peers, academically, when I entered kindergarten.
After entering grad school, many of the opportunities I received growing up were through education. I made history by becoming the first African American State President of the Future Business Leaders of America while I was a high school student. I would not be the person I am today without the love, support and guidance of educators some of which I’ve remained connected with until this day. That is why I believe education in Mississippi must be a top priority.
I see a Mississippi that keeps our best and brightest; I envision a Mississippi that my Daughter Ari will choose to not only be educated in but have a long and prosperous career and raise a family if she chooses. That’s why I’m in this race, I see the potential of Mississippi; but most importantly, I see the potential of District 32.
As to my professional career, I am a founding partner of Hickman Fondren, PLLC, a law firm with offices in Macon and Oxford, MS. I also serve as the first African American County Prosecutor for Noxubee County.
As a very young child growing up in Shuqualak, MS, I always knew who represented me in Mississippi State Senate. And somehow, I’ve always known that I would serve the people of District 32 in that capacity. For that, the time is now.
I came home in 2019 with full intentions to start a much-needed law firm in my community and to seek election as the next Mississippi State Senator for District 32. However, after speaking with my community and hearing their needs as well as out of respect for the leadership and legacy of Senator Jackson, I choose a different path. That path has placed me here today—more eager, prepared and determined than ever to serve District 32.