1948 – Born on the 11th of October in Choctaw County, Mississippi.
Earned three degrees: a bachelor of arts from the University of Mississippi (summa cum laude); a master’s in political science from Johns Hopkins University; and a law degree from Harvard (magna cum laude).
1983 – Mabus was elected State Auditor of Mississippi in his first campaign for public office.
1988 – Elected Governor of the U.S. state of Mississippi on the slogan, "Mississippi Will Never Be Last Again."
1994-1996 – Appointed U. S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia by President Bill Clinton.
2006 – Became Chairman and CEO of Foamex International.