New Direction: Putting People Before Politics
Daryl L. Porter, Jr. became one of the youngest elected officials in Summit, Mississippi. Since becoming a council member, he works alongside the mayor and fellow board members to make Summit a more progressive town, improve infrastructure, and preserve the Town of Summit’s historic essence. Along with working to build a new wastewater plant, Councilman Porter has helped revitalize Summit’s historic downtown area with assistance from local economic development groups by promoting events in the downtown area.
Throughout his career, Councilman Porter has held leadership positions. At McComb High School, he was class president all four years. He was a page for Former State Senator Kelvin Butler. Because of his leadership and academic achievements, he earned multiple academic scholarships to the University of Mississippi. While there, he went on to serve as a member of the College Democrats, Freshman Focus Mentor, One Mississippi, Treasurer of the Undergraduate Black Law Students Association, Student Traffic Appeals Chairman, and an executive member of Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society. Councilman Porter interned for the Speaker of the House Philip Gunn as well as former Speaker of the House the late Tim Ford. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science in 2013.
Councilman Porter continued his education by attending Mississippi College School of Law. In between classes, he attained many leadership positions: he was a Dean’s Ambassador, elected and served as a First- Year and Second-Year Student Bar Association Senator, served as the social chair for the R. Jess Brown Chapter of the Black Law Students Association, and was elected Student Bar President for 2017-2018 term. He directly assisted families with adoption and vulnerable youths through participation in MC|Law’s Adoption and Youth Court Clinics. True to his roots, he also externed at Revitalize Mississippi, an organization aiding revitalization projects in the city of Jackson. He received his Juris Doctorate from MC|Law in May of 2018.
Councilman Porter’s leadership is not limited to academics. He is a member of Summit Missionary Baptist where he serves as a trustee, and a junior deacon. He founded a young men’s mentoring group that focuses on helping young men better themselves, so they positively impact society. He is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He was a respected member employee in the loan administration department at Pike National Bank in McComb
Councilman Porter is a native of the Town of Summit, Mississippi. He is the son of Emma Porter and the late Daryl L. Porter, Sr. He has one sibling, Tameka Fortune (Marico) and three adoring nieces: Alexis, Aryiel, and A’lice.