A tradition of public service runs deep in the Hewes family. He is a direct descendent of the first mayor of Gulfport, Finley B. Hewes, and his grandfather served as a Chancery Judge for many years. Hewes’ father also served on the Gulfport City Council. For generations his family has enjoyed a history of community support and civic involvement. As a devoted family man, he and his wife Paula have been married for 25 years and are the proud parents of four.


  • Mississippi Senator- District 49 (1992-2012)
  • Senate President Pro-Tempore (2008-2012)
  • Chairman, Senate Ports and Marine Resources Committee (1993-2002)
  • Chairman, Senate Highways and Transportation Committee (2002-2006)
  • Chairman, Mississippi National Guard Legislative Caucus (2009-2010)
  • Mississippi Association of Realtors Legislator of the Year (2002)
  • National Conference of Insurance Legislators: Board of Directors
  • National Chairman, American Legislative Exchange Council
  • Member of the Mississippi Republican Party


  • Insurance Agent and Real Estate Broker
  • Billy Hewes III Insurance Agency/ Billy Hewes Real Estate
  • Nationwide Insurance Company, District Community Service Award (1989, 1990, 1991, 2000, and 2002)
  • Gulf Coast Board of Realtors
  • Gulf Coast Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors


  • Leadership Mississippi
  • Leadership Gulf Coast
  • Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce
  • Gulfport Rotary Club
  • Gulfport Jaycees, Past President
  • Bayou View and Orange Grove Youth Sports Leagues, Sponsor and Coach


  • Harrison Central High School (1980)
  • University of Southern Mississippi Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (1984)


  • Married to the former Paula Morton of Gulfport
  • Proud parents of four: Katie, Sarah Margaret, Gardner, and Samuel
  • Member of St. James Catholic Church