Madison’s John Rounsaville was tapped by Gov. Tate Reeves last week to serve as interim director of the Mississippi Development Authority and to help spearhead the economic recovery efforts in the state.

"John has been a true servant of Mississippi for many years and been devoted to helping our state grow," Reeves said in a statement. "I am honored that he will take on this role to build on our state's economic development successes. He will play a critical role as MDA Interim Director as we work to restart our economy and shift it into overdrive for the people of Mississippi."

Reeves said Rounsaville has a “proven history of fighting and leading here in out state and on the national stage.”

Rounsaville has served in different capacities for Presidents George W. Bush and Donald J. Trump, in addition to work with former U.S. Rep. Charles W. “Chip” Pickering and former Gov. Haley Barbour.

Prior to the appointment to MDA, Rounsaville served as a Trump appointee as State Director for USDA Rural Development. 

He holds various distinctions for his military service, including the Air Force Meritorious Service, Commendation, and Achievement Medals, Global War of Terrorism Service Ribbon, and Mississippi War Medal. He currently serves as a JAG and Major at the 186th Mississippi Air Force National Guard. 

He is a graduate of Mississippi State University with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree, as well as a Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi. 

He lives in Madison with his wife, Laura, and their two sons, Luke (10) and Graham (8). They have a baby girl on the way.