CORINTH — State House majority whip Harvey Moss says he will retire from the Legislature after 28 years, defending what he called a legacy of fighting for conservative morals and leading key legislation that improved the state’s economy.
Moss first took his seat in 1984 and counts the 1987 transportation bill — a highway expansion funded by a five-cent tax increase — as one of his major career victories. He said it helped to bring new factories and expand existing businesses along the routes it created, including Highway 45.
As Majority Whip, he took on the responsibility of shoring up support for major party initiatives in the House.
House Speaker Billy McCoy, D-Rienzi, is also retiring from the Legislature this year. Moss’ and McCoy’s retirement means that the Democrat Party will see a broad leadership gap after the 2011 elections.
Rep. J.P. Compretta, D-Bay St. Louis, another ally of McCoy, has announced he is not seeking re-election either.
Moss chaired of the Committee on Oil, Gas and Other Minerals and the Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review. PEER is an oversight committee comprised of members of both chambers.