Affiliated with the Republican Party, this Mississippi-born politician served his state's third congressional district in the United States House of Representatives beginning in 2009. Previously, he had chaired the Republican Party of Rankin County, Mississippi.
He studied chemistry at Mississippi College in the late 1970s and subsequently earned a law degree from the University of Mississippi.
In 2013, while serving in Congress, he was instrumental in passing the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act, which diverted taxpayers' Presidential Election Campaign Fund donations into a National Institutes of Health pediatric cancer research program.
His marriage to Sidney Harper resulted in two children. He and his family were active members of Brandon, Mississippi's Crossgates Baptist Church.
He and Louisiana politician John Fleming were both Mississippi-born members of the United States House of Representatives.