House District 101: Kent McCarty

"In order to make meaningful, long-term progress in Mississippi, we must invest in our teachers, our schools, and our young people. We can't afford to have education on the back burner; it must be our number one priority." 




A lifelong resident of Lamar County, Representative Kent McCarty is a product of the Lamar Public School District. At the age of 19, he opened the first location of Java Moe’s Coffee Company in Oak Grove. McCarty went on to attend the University of Southern Mississippi as a Presidential Scholar, receiving a finance degree while continuing to grow and expand Java Moe’s. The business now employs more than 50 people and will soon see its fifth location open under McCarty’s leadership and direction. He has served on the board of the Pinebelt Foundation for four years as a member of the Development Committee, where he has taken part in community outreach and fundraising.

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Counties represented: Lamar

School Districts represented: Lamar County School District, Hattiesburg Public School District

Endorsed: 2018, 2019