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John Morgan Hughes

John Morgan has spent the past decade serving as general consultant and strategist to numerous political campaigns in the state of Mississippi. Since 2013, he has focused his work on advocating policies on behalf of firm clients before the Mississippi legislature. 

John Morgan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Administration from Mississippi State University. He earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Mississippi with an emphasis in Finance. Following an acquisition, John Morgan led the Political Development division of HDPS Inc. from 2013-2015, servicing over one hundred clients and growing the division by over six hundred percent.  

In 2015, he founded JM Hughes Group to assist corporations, non-profits, and governmental entities in their interfacings with state government leaders. He is responsible for the daily operations of each of JM Hughes Group’s three subsidiary divisions: Advocacy and Lobbying, Trade Association Services, and Political Sourcing Group. In addition to his professional work, John Morgan serves on the board of directors for the Mississippi Children’s Advocacy Center, Leadership Greater Jackson, Mississippi State Chapter of Kappa Sigma Alumni Association, and Refill Cafe; a holistic workforce training initiative. He was recently appointed by the Hinds County Board of Supervisors to serve on the Central Mississippi Planning and Development District board of directors. 

He is an avid golfer, bird hunter, traveler, and runner. John Morgan currently serves part-time on adjunct faculty at Millsaps College, where he teaches an undergraduate course on Advocacy and the Legislative process. He currently serves as the Medical Readiness Officer for the 183rd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, United States Air Force, Mississippi Air National Guard where he holds the rank of Captain. 

John Morgan is married to the former Brittany Davis of Meridian, Mississippi. They have one daughter, Charlie Adele, and two dogs; a Labradoodle named Huck and a rescue Yorkie named Kona.




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John A. Baas


Mississippi State University, College of Education

Bachelor of Science, Industrial Education, May 1971


Twenty years management experience working in manufacturing facilities in Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.  Responsibilities included Human Resources, Safety and Benefits Administration.

John Baas began working at the Mississippi Manufacturers Association in 1992 as Director of Industrial Relations. In 2008, he was promoted to Director of Government Affairs. John’s lobbying and work with state legislators and Congressional delegation greatly impacted MMA members, as well as all Mississippians. John had a strong hand in making sure legislation was passed in the following areas: tort reform, workers compensation reform, inventory tax credits, establishment of the Workforce Enhancement Training Fund, maintaining right-to-work laws, franchise tax phase out, lowering unemployment insurance premiums, and many more important legislative victories.

John also served as staff liaison for the MMA Government Affairs Committee and MMA Political Action Committee where he kept members informed of important legislation. In this capacity, Baas was instrumental in helping conservative candidates be elected to the Mississippi Legislature.

Baas was appointed by Governor Haley Barbour to serve a two-year term on the Mississippi Personnel Board.



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LaDarion Ammons

General Counsel – Legislative Consultant

LaDarion Ammons is a life-long resident of Jackson, Ms.  After graduating from Mississippi State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, LaDarion returned home to help run his family businesses.

During the 2014 Legislative Session, LaDarion served as a Policy Assistant for the Mississippi Speaker of the House. Ammons also attended law school at Mississippi College in Jackson, Ms. Shortly after, LaDarion began his journey in Governmental Relations and Lobbying. In addition to his career, Ammons became the co-founder and CEO of the non-profit mentoring program, Brothers of Mississippi, Inc., with the vision to “Empower the youth through education, service, and leadership.” Some of his hobbies are golfing, traveling, reading, parasailing, and spending time with family.



Fletcher Freeman

Legislative Assistant

Fletcher is a 2021 graduate of Millsaps College where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Government and Politics. He served two terms as the State Chairman of the Mississippi Federation of College Republicans and worked on numerous campaigns prior to joining JM Hughes Group in 2020.