Richard Howorth has been sworn in to serve a five-year term on the Tennessee Valley Authority’s board of directors. Howorth was confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate June 30, taking the seat of former board member Howard Thrailkill whose term expired in May 2010. He was sworn in at the Lafayette County Courthouse by his brother, the Honorable Andrew K. Howorth, circuit court judge of the Third Circuit Court District in Mississippi.
Richard Howorth lives in Oxford where he served two terms as mayor of Oxford from 2001 to 2009 and is the founder and owner of Square Books, a leading independent bookstore in Oxford. During his tenure as mayor, he was chairman of the authority overseeing the Oxford Electric Department. He served eight years as a director and officer of the North Mississippi Industrial Development Association, an economic development consortium comprised of utility directors and mayors of cities in 29 counties in the TVA service territory.
Howorth is a former chairman of the American Booksellers Association, the nation’s trade association of independent bookstores.
Howorth graduated from the University of Mississippi.