Jennifer Riley Collins is a native of Meridian, MS. She is a decorated Army Colonel, a civil rights attorney, a mother, and a grandmother. Jennifer has dedicated her life to protecting Mississippians and fighting for justice.
Jennifer’s legal career, especially as an attorney dedicated to work on issues of social justice, has put her on the frontlines fighting for criminal justice reform, juvenile justice, economic justice, and voting rights. She is a 1987 Magna Cum Laude graduate of Alcorn State University. In 1993, she earned her Masters of Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Central Texas in one year while serving on Active Duty as a primary staff officer. Jennifer earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence from Mississippi College School of Law in December 1999. She was licensed to practice law in 2000.
Jennifer retired from the United States Army in June 2017 as a Colonel after 32 years of distinguished service as a Military Intelligence Officer. She served a total of 14 years on active duty and 18 years as a member of the U. S National Guard and U. S. Army Reserves. Her duties include deployment to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as well as stateside deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
She has thrice been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal. She also has received the Global War on Terrorism Service Ribbon and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Bronze Distinction.
As Attorney General, Jennifer will work to protect vulnerable populations, combat the opioid epidemic, strengthen protections for victims of crime and fight for working people.