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Speaker taps others in GOP to lead most Miss. House panels

JACKSON — The Republican speaker of the Mississippi House is keeping the same leaders for most of the top committees this four-year term.

Speaker Philip Gunn announced committee members and chairmen Friday.

Republicans remain in charge of money committees — Herb Frierson of Poplarville on Appropriations and Jeff Smith of Columbus on Ways and Means.

John Moore remains Education chairman, and Mark Baker remains head of Judiciary A. They are Brandon Republicans.

The GOP’s Sam Mims of McComb remains chairman of Public Health, and Republican Charles Busby of Pascagoula is the new Transportation chairman.

Two Democrats will lead committees, down from six during Gunn’s first term as speaker.

Democrat Angela Cockerham of Magnolia remains Energy chairwoman, and Democrat Deborah Butler Dixon of Raymond is the new head of Youth and Family Affairs.


Chairmen and vice chairmen of Mississippi House committees 

Mississippi House committee leaders announced Friday by Republican Speaker Philip Gunn for this four-year term:

Accountability, Efficiency and Transparency: Chairman Jerry Turner, R-Baldwyn. Vice Chairman Robert Foster, R-Hernando.

Agriculture: Chairman Bill Pigott, R-Tylertown. Vice Chairman Vince Mangold, R-Brookhaven.

Apportionment and Elections: Chairman Bill Denny, R-Jackson. Vice Chairman Tommy Reynolds, D-Charleston.

Appropriations: Chairman Herb Frierson, R-Poplarville. Vice Chairman Mac Huddleston, R-Pontotoc.

Banking and Financial Services: Chairman Hank Zuber, R-Ocean Springs. Vice Chairwoman Kimberly Campbell, D-Jackson.

Compilation, Revision and Publication: Chairman Philip Gunn, R-Clinton. No vice chairman named.

Conservation and Water Resources: Chairman John Read, R-Gautier. Vice Chairman Bryant Clark, D-Pickens.

Constitution: Chairman Brent Powell, R-Brandon. Vice Chairman Dana Criswell, R-Olive Branch.

Corrections: Chairman Bill Kinkade, R-Byhalia. Vice Chairwoman Linda Coleman, D-Mound Bayou.

County Affairs: Chairman Larry Byrd, R-Petal. Vice Chairman Roun McNeal, R-Leakesville.

Drug Policy: Chairwoman Patricia Willis, R-Diamondhead. Vice Chairwoman Alyce Clarke, D-Jackson.

Education: Chairman John Moore, R-Brandon. Vice Chairman Rob Roberson, R-Starkville.

Energy: Chairwoman Angela Cockerham, D-Magnolia. Vice Chairman Gary Staples, R-Laurel.

Enrolled Bills: Chairman Stephen Horne, R-Meridian. Vice Chairman William Shirley, R-Quitman.

Ethics: Chairman Andy Gipson, R-Braxton. Vice Chairman Percy Watson, D-Hattiesburg.

Executive Contingent Fund: Chairman Bobby Shows, R-Ellisville. Vice Chairman Christopher Bell, D-Jackson.

Forestry: Chairman Ken Morgan, R-Morgantown. Vice Chairman Karl Oliver, R-Winona.

Gaming: Chairman Richard Bennett, R-Long Beach. Vice Chairman Timmy Ladner, R-Poplarville.

General Bills: Chairman Mark Formby, R-Picayune. Vice Chairman Randy Boyd, R-Mantachie.

Insurance: Chairman Gary Chism, R-Columbus. Vice Chairman Brad Touchstone, R-Hattiesburg.

Interstate Cooperation: Chairman Jeffrey Guice, R-Ocean Springs. Vice Chairwoman Kathy Sykes, D-Jackson.

Investigate State Offices: Chairman Randall Patterson, R-Biloxi. Vice Chairman America “Chuck” Middleton, D-Port Gibson.

Judiciary A: Chairman Mark Baker, R-Brandon. Vice Chairman Cory Wilson, R-Madison.

Judiciary B: Chairman Andy Gipson, R-Braxton. Vice Chairman Joey Hood, R-Ackerman.

Local and Private Legislation: Chairman Manly Barton, R-Moss Point. Vice Chairwoman Lataisha Jackson, D-Como.

Marine Resources: Chairman Casey Eure, R-Biloxi. Vice Chairwoman Carolyn Crawford, R-Pass Christian.

Medicaid: Chairman Chris Brown, R-Aberdeen. Vice Chairman Joel Bomgar, R-Madison.

Military Affairs: Chairman Ray Rogers, R-Pearl. Vice Chairwoman Ashley Henley, R-Southaven.

Municipalities: Chairman Randy Rushing, R-Decatur. Vice Chairman Steve Hopkins, R-Southaven.

Performance-Based Budgeting: Chairman Toby Barker, R-Hattiesburg. Vice Chairman Dan Eubanks, R-Walls.

Ports, Harbors and Airports: Chairman Alex Monsour, R-Vicksburg. Vice Chairwoman Sonya Williams-Barnes, D-Gulfport.

Public Health and Human Services: Chairman Sam Mims, R-McComb. Vice Chairman Chris Johnson, R-Hattiesburg.

Public Property: Chairman Tom Weathersby, R-Florence. Vice Chairman Jeff Hale, R-Nesbit.

Public Utilities: Chairman Jim Beckett, R-Bruce. Vice Chairman Jody Steverson, R-Ripley.

State Library: Chairman Tracy Arnold, R-Booneville. Vice Chairman Noah Sanford, R-Collins.

Technology: Chairman Scott DeLano, R-Biloxi. Vice Chairman Cedric Burnett, D-Tunica.

Tourism: Chairwoman Becky Currie, R-Brookhaven. Vice Chairwoman Sara Thomas, D-Indianola.

Transportation: Chairman Charles Busby, R-Pascagoula. Vice Chairman Steve Massengill, R-Hickory Flat.

Universities and Colleges: Chairman Nolan Mettetal, R-Sardis. Vice Chairman Gregory Holloway, D-Hazlehurst.

Ways and Means: Chairman Jeff Smith, R-Columbus. Vice Chairman Trey Lamar, R-Senatobia.

Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks: Chairman Scott Bounds, R-Philadelphia. Vice Chairman Shane Barnett, R-Waynesboro.

Workforce Development: Chairman Donnie Bell, R-Fulton. Vice Chairman Doug McLeod, R-Lucedale.

Youth and Family Affairs: Chairwoman Deborah Butler Dixon, D-Raymond. Vice Chairman Karl Gibbs, D-West Point.


These committee leaders were named earlier for this four-year term:

Management: Chairman Greg Snowden, R-Meridian. Vice Chairman Angela Cockerham, D-Magnolia.

Rules: Chairman Jason White, R-West. Vice Chairman John Read, R-Gautier.


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  1. Just like in Washington I’m sure they will not get much of anything done!

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