JACKSON — Mississippi Democratic House Speaker Billy McCoy says he won’t seek re-election to Legislature.
The 68-year-old announced his decision in a news release today, saying no single issue led him to step aside when this term ends this coming January.
His announcement comes one week before the June 1 qualifying deadline for legislative candidates.
McCoy represents House District 3 in northeast Mississippi’s Alcorn and Prentiss counties. He was first elected in November 1979 and took office in January 1980.
His House colleagues elected him speaker, the chamber’s presiding officer, unanimously in January 2004 and by a 62-60 vote in January 2008.
McCoy’s decision leaves both top legislative jobs open in the coming year, because Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, who presides over the Senate, is running for governor.