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A native of Moselle, Mississippi, Ronnie was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1998 and served until 2003. He was an active member of the Congressional Blue Dog Caucus and served on the House Finance/Banking Committee. Ronnie is still an active alumni of the Blue Dogs and works closely on a number of initiatives with leaders in the House, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Early in his career, Ronnie was an educator, coach and farmer. He was then elected to local office as Circuit Clerk in Jefferson Davis County, MS and later to the Mississippi State Senate for eight years. Ronnie was elected and served for from 1988-1998 as Mississippi State Highway Director.

Ronnie has traveled internationally as a select election observer in Africa and Asia. Ronnie and his wife, Johnnie Ruth, enjoy their children and grandchildren from their home in Bassfield, MS.

Ronnie holds degrees in education and political science from the University of Southern Mississippi.

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Obama Must Rein in EPA

(4) Comments | Posted January 11, 2012 | 11:52 AM

Last week, I got an email update from a political website declaring that lower unemployment is "good news for President Obama." I didn't need an email to tell me that.

But lowering the unemployment rate is more than just "good news" for the president. It will be the...

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Washington's Winners and Losers, If the Super Committee Fails

(60) Comments | Posted November 16, 2011 | 9:08 PM

Common sense dictates that the super committee will put together a deal that will cut government spending, increase taxes on only the wealthiest Americans and corporations, and avoid the automatic budget cuts that will be required by law if the super committee fails. But this is Washington, and...

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It's the Jobs, Stupid

(8) Comments | Posted July 26, 2011 | 6:18 PM

The presidential election is just over a year away, and two things are becoming clear. First, Republicans have a lackluster field of candidates. Second, the issue that will be driving the campaign is high unemployment. The question is, which one of these factors will be more impactful in...

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Government Spending Decisions Must Preserve the Public Trust

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2011 | 4:28 PM

As a politician who has for his entire career extolled the virtues of moderate and common sense government policies, the situation we all find ourselves in today has me worried about this nation's future. Because a lot of people in both parties have made some bad decisions, America is now...

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Voters Will Reward Democrats for Budget Courage

(45) Comments | Posted March 3, 2011 | 9:02 AM

Despite last week's news that a government shutdown will be temporarily avoided, most Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill are preparing for what seems to be the inevitable. After all, the Republicans feel they were given a mandate by the Tea Party to drastically cut spending and the...

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Congressional Democrats Should Take a Hint From Obama

(9) Comments | Posted January 20, 2011 | 4:55 PM

This week's op-ed in the Wall Street Journal by President Obama stressed the importance of creating a pro-growth, pro-business regulatory environment which will help put Americans back to work. For many people who don't live in Washington, the regulations passed by agencies like the FDA, the EPA and...

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Obama Can Win by Securing the Middle

(184) Comments | Posted December 27, 2010 | 5:00 PM

Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer recently dubbed Barack Obama the "comeback kid," because of the President's resurgence after the brutal midterm elections. In just the last few weeks, despite being handed historic losses in the House of Representatives, the President has helped usher in a great deal of important...

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Don't Write Obama Off

(59) Comments | Posted December 7, 2010 | 1:25 PM

If you were to read the headlines these days, it would appear that President Barack Obama has no chance at a second-term in the White House. Pundits and political experts keep saying that his "coalition is eroding" and that the liberal base is "abandoning the president" over his tax cut...

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Bad News for Blue Dogs is Bad News for Progressives

(162) Comments | Posted October 29, 2010 | 12:49 PM

I don't make predications, but the midterm elections aren't going to be pretty for a lot of moderate Democrats. The loss of these centrist Democrats - known as the Blue Dogs - may also mean lost control of the House of Representatives.

Anyone who has been following my blog on...

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A Showdown For Democrats To Avoid

(2) Comments | Posted August 25, 2010 | 6:05 PM

This summer, the House of Representatives passed legislation to fund our military for the upcoming year. The Defense Authorization Bill is a critical part of keeping our armed forces ready to confront the challenges they will face around the world. Whether you agree with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan...

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Don't Play Politics with Unemployment Benefits

(27) Comments | Posted July 13, 2010 | 5:12 PM

By: Former Congressman Ronnie Shows (D-MS), a member of the conservative Blue Dog Coalition when he served in Congress.

Anyone following me on the Huffington Post knows that finding ways to reduce the national deficit is one of my recurring themes. Like many current and former Blue Dogs, I believe...

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Back to the Blue Dog Basics

(27) Comments | Posted June 7, 2010 | 11:19 AM

In my last few blog posts, I have defended the Blue Dogs and have been taken to task by readers who think that there is no room for centrists in the Democratic Party. I am not bothered by folks speaking their minds, but I will never apologize for standing up...

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Blue Dogs: A Progressive's Best Friend

(37) Comments | Posted May 19, 2010 | 8:52 AM

In my last blog post, I tried to lay out an argument about why it is critical that my progressive friends in the Democratic Party take steps to help the more conservative members of Congress. I was pleased to have over 100 reader comments, but sadly, many of those comments...

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Go Easy on the Blue Dogs

(118) Comments | Posted May 6, 2010 | 4:03 PM

Over the next several months, it seems more likely than not that the Congress is going to take up some very polarizing issues, such as trying to tackle our national debt and finding ways to modernize the nation's energy strategy to power our homes, vehicles and industry.

As Congress addresses...

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