HATTIESBURG — Former state Sen. James L. “Jim” Bean of Hattiesburg, who championed rural health care and programs for children, has died at a hospital in Hattiesburg. He was 80.
Officials with Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home say Bean died Monday at Wesley Medical Center. He had suffered a stroke a few weeks earlier. Funeral arrangements were pending. A list of survivors was not immediately available.
Bean served 12 years in the Mississippi Senate from Forrest and Lamar counties ending in 2000. The last four years he chaired the Public Health and Welfare Committee. He also served as chairman of the Insurance Committee.
Bean led efforts passing legislation establishing primary health care centers around the state.
In 2000, the patient services building at South Mississippi State Hospital in Purvis was named in Bean’s honor.