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Bill Allain

William Allain
58th Governor of Mississippi
In office
January 10, 1984 – January 12, 1988
Lieutenant Brad Dye
Preceded by William Winter
Succeeded by Ray Mabus
36th Mississippi Attorney General
In office
January 22, 1980 – January 10, 1984
Governor William Winter
Preceded by Albioun Fernando Summer
Succeeded by Ed Pittman
Personal details
Born (1928-02-14) February 14, 1928 (age 86)
Washington, Mississippi
Political party Democratic
Religion Roman Catholic
For the Louisiana state senator, see Bret Allain.

William A. "Bill" Allain (born February 14, 1928) is a Mississippi politician who served as the 58th Governor of that state as a Democrat from 1984 to 1988.[1]


Allain was born in Washington, Mississippi. He attended the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, and received his law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law at Oxford.[2] Allain served in the United States infantry in the Korean War.[2] He was a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.[2] After the war, he practiced law in Natchez, Mississippi, until his appointment as assistant state attorney general in 1962.

Allain was elected state attorney general in 1979, having defeated the Republican State Senator Charles W. Pickering of Laurel. Allain earned a reputation as a consumer advocate, fighting utility rate increases and stopping the storage of nuclear waste in Mississippi. State labor president Claude Ramsay sought to broker an agreement between the Democratic Party presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale and the subject when the latter sought a veto over the federal storage of nuclear waste in Mississippi as a condition for his political support of Mondale.[3] He also fought the powerful Mississippi Legislature, which for decades had diluted executive branch power by appointing legislators to executive department boards and commissions. The Mississippi Supreme Court, at Allain's insistence, struck the practice as a violation of the constitutional principle of separation of powers. The resulting decision, Allain v. Alexander, is sometimes referred to as "Mississippi's Marbury vs. Madison," after the landmark decision of the United States Supreme Court which delineated the powers of the three branches of the federal government. Allain's efforts strengthened the Mississippi executive and streamlined Mississippi's political processes.

In 1983, while running for the post of governor against Republican candidate Leon Bramlett, Rex Armistead helped spread rumors that Allain had sexual intercourse with two African-American male transvestites.[4][5][6] Allain denied the charges.[5] Both men went on the record with a lie detector, but in 1984 claimed they had never met Allain, and had been paid for their testimony.[4][7]


Legal offices
Preceded by
Albioun Fernando Summer
Attorney General of Mississippi
Succeeded by
Ed Pittman
Political offices
Preceded by
William Winter
Governor of Mississippi
Succeeded by
Ray Mabus
Party political offices
Preceded by
William Winter
Democratic nominee for Governor of Mississippi
Succeeded by
Ray Mabus
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