Ron Aldridge was elected to the National Board of Directors of WoodmenLife, effective June 1, 2013.
Prior to his election to the Board, Aldridge served on the National Fraternal Committee, the Legislative Committee and as Chairman of the Treasurer’s Report Committee. He is a charter member of Chapter 1450 in Jackson, MS, is serving again as Vice President, and has also served as a Trustee of Chapter 2 in Madison, MS. He has held the Mississippi State Jurisdictional offices of President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Escort; and served as Chairman of the following Jurisdictional Committees: Legislative, Resolutions, Mileage and Per Diem, and Credentials.
Aldridge received his Business Administration degree, with a major in Accounting, from the University of Mississippi in 1972, and graduated from the University of Mississippi Law School with his Juris Doctor degree in 1975.
He then served from 1975-77 in the United States Army, in the Mississippi Army National Guard from 1978-79 and in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1979-97, retiring as a Major in the Army Corps of Engineers.
Aldridge has been an Attorney-at-Law in Aldridge Law Office since 1977; served as the Mississippi State Director of the National Federation of Independent Business, representing 3,500 small business owners, from 1989-92 and from 1998-present; is Executive Vice President & General Counsel of the Mississippi Beverage Association since 1992; is a lobbyist for the Mississippi Automatic Merchandising Association; and is a tree farmer.
Aldridge served in the Mississippi State House of Representatives from 1984-88, where he was Vice Chairman of the Constitution Committee and was a member of the Education, Colleges and Universities, Judiciary and Oil, Gas and Other Minerals Committees.
He has twice won the Lion’s Club International President’s Certificate of Appreciation; won the Fondren Business Person of the Year; won the Advocacy Award from the Governor’s Council on Aging; was the first recipient of the Mississippi Right to Life Statesman Award; won the Outstanding Legislator Award in 1986, given by the Mississippi Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of Blind and Visually Impaired; the Louise Godwin Award for Excellence, Keep Mississippi Beautiful’s top award; and received the first Volunteer of the Year Award given by Keep Mississippi Beautiful in 2016.
Aldridge has served on the Board of Directors of numerous organizations, including the Mississippi Heart Association; the Hinds County Human Resource Agency; the Willowood Developmental Center; the Crisis Pregnancy Center of Jackson; the New Hope Foundation; Keep Jackson Beautiful; and the Lions of Mississippi Eye Bank. He has also been a member of many other organizations, including the State Obesity Council; the State Recycling Task Force; Governor Bryant's Regulatory Task Force Chairman; Governor Barbour's Tort Reform Task Force Chairman and Blue-Ribbon Tax Study Commission; Governor Fordice's Election Reform Task Force; Governor Allain's Constitution Study Commission; the American Freedom Coalition; and the Mayor of Jackson's Crime Commission and Task Force on Juvenile Chemical Abuse. He has also been Cubmaster and Den Leader for the Cub Scouts; School Board Chairman; Booster Club President; and volunteer coach for varsity and/or elementary school basketball, swimming and track teams.
His current state and community involvement includes service on the Mississippi Small Business Regulatory Review Committee as Chairman; the Mississippi Comprehensive Health Insurance Risk Pool Association Board; the State Workforce Investment Board; the Governor's Commission on Physical Fitness & Sports; Mississippi Business Group on Health Advisory Committee; Mississippians for Economic Progress as Treasurer; Keep Mississippi Beautiful Board (Past Chairman); Mississippi Recycling Coalition as Treasurer; the Metro Jackson Lions Club (Past President); Leavell Woods Masonic Lodge 620 (Past Master); and American Legion Post 110.
Aldridge is active in First Baptist Church in Jackson, MS, serving as a Deacon, a young adult Sunday school teacher and currently or previously on various committees, including, Prayer (Chairman), Hospital Visitation, Home Touch, Legal, Missions (Chairman), Finance, Audit, Congregational Care, Deacon Ministry (Chairman), Music, and Christian Citizenship.
He and his wife, the former Beth Buckley, have three children: Ryan and wife, Rebekah; Angela Beem and husband, Colby; and Melanie; and twin grandchildren Annie and Tommy, children of Ryan and Rebekah.
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