Trent Kelly

1427 Longworth HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515

Trent Kelly

First District

Biographical Information

U.S. Representative Trent Kelly was sworn in as a Member of the United States House of Representatives by House Speaker John Boehner on June 9, 2015.

Trent Kelly was born in Union, Mississippi to parents John and Barbara Kelly. In 1984, he graduated from Union High School and graduated East Central Community College in 1986. He graduated the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1989 and received his Juris Doctorate degree in 1994. In 2010, he received his Masters in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Trent has spent 29 years in the Mississippi Army National Guard as an Engineer and is currently serving as a Colonel. In 1990, he mobilized for Desert Storm as an Engineer Second Lieutenant. In 2005, he deployed as a Major to Iraq with the 155th Brigade as the Operations Officer of the 150th Engineer Battalion. From 2009 to 2010, he deployed as a Lieutenant Colonel to Iraq as the Battalion Commander of Task Force Knight of the 155th Brigade Combat Team and commanded over 670 troops from Mississippi, Ohio, and Kentucky. He has received two Bronze Stars, Combat Action Badge, the DeFleury Medal, and numerous other federal and state awards for his service.

Trent has worked at McRae’s Department Store as a manager, maintained a private law practice in Saltillo, and served as Tupelo City Prosecutor and Forfeiture Attorney for North Mississippi Narcotics Unit. Prior to being elected to Congress, Trent served as a District Attorney for the 1st Circuit Judicial District (Lee, Pontotoc, Alcorn, Monroe, Itawamba, Prentiss, and Tishomingo) managing all felony cases.

Trent lives in Saltillo with his wife of 24 years, Shelia, and their three children John Forrest, Morgan, and Jackson. They are members of Saltillo First United Methodist Church.