|25th United States Secretary of Agriculture|
January 22, 1993 – December 31, 1994
|Preceded by||Edward Madigan|
|Succeeded by||Dan Glickman|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Mississippi's 2nd district
January 3, 1987 – January 22, 1993
|Preceded by||Webb Franklin|
|Succeeded by||Bennie Thompson|
Alphonso Michael Espy
November 30, 1953
Yazoo City, Mississippi, U.S.
|Education||Howard University (BA)|
Santa Clara University (JD)
From 1987 to 1993, he served in the U.S. House of Representatives from Mississippi. From 1993 to 1994 he was nominated to be the United States Secretary of Agriculture by President Bill Clinton. He was both the first African American and first person from the Deep South in that position.
Espy was indicted in 1997 for receiving improper gifts, but acquitted of all 30 charges in 1998.
On March 5, 2018, Epsy announced his candidacy for Thad Cochran's U.S. Senate seat in the wake of Cochran's retirement. On November 6, 2018, Espy and Cindy Hyde-Smith advanced to a run-off election where he lost to Hyde-Smith. On November 30, 2018, Epsy filed to run again Hyde-Smith again for the 2020 election.
- "Mike Espy". www.nndb.com.
- "Espy announces run for Cochran Senate seat". Clarion Ledger. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
- GOP Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith Wins Runoff in Mississippi
- Greenwood, Max (November 30, 2018). "Espy files to run for Senate in 2020, setting up possible rematch with Hyde-Smith". The Hill. Retrieved November 30, 2018.