Mississippi state Sen. Terry Burton has been picked to chair the newly created Senate Energy Committee and Sen. John Polk has been chosen to lead the Universities and Colleges Committee, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Thursday after making the appointments.
Burton, R-Newton, will lead the 15-member Energy Committee, which oversees legislation related to the oil and gas industry, public utilities and other energy needs. Reeves created the committee in January to emphasize the state’s focus on energy-related economic development. Burton replaces Merle Flowers, who resigned July 11 from the Senate District 19 seat.
“Sen. Burton brings legislative and economic development expertise to this new role,” Lt. Gov. Reeves said. “
Burton said Mississippi is well-positioned to be an energy leader with our strong resources in natural gas, biomass and new technologies, including solar industry manufacturing. “I look forward to… playing an aggressive role in shaping the state’s energy future.”
Polk, R-Hattiesburg, will move to chairman of the 13-member Universities and Colleges Committee, as current chairman Burton takes on his new role. Polk previously served as vice chairman of this committee.
“Through his experience as a successful businessman, he understands the role our universities and community colleges play in attracting better jobs and shaping the state’s future,” Reeves said.
Other committee vacancies will be filled after the Nov. 6 election to fill Senate District 19.
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