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Janus resigns from House

Rep. Michael Janus, R-Biloxi, has resigned from the Mississippi House to start his new job as city manager of D’Iberville.

State law prohibited Janus from serving in the Legislature and as D’Iberville’s city manager at the same time, so his resignation took effect this morning at 7:59, one minute before he started his new job.

Janus had served as the representative of District 117 in Harrison County since 1996. His committee memberships included insurance, ways and means, ports, harbors and airports, management, public health and human services and public utilities. Janus told a Gulf Coast television station that one of his first official acts as city manger will be to attend a ribbon cutting for the opening of a retail center. Janus has an economic development. He was a mortgage broker when he wasn’t at the Capitol.

In a letter to Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, Janus said he was “returning home to Biloxi and the Gulf Coast, in a very real sense Mississippi is also my home and I shall always stand ready to serve should the time or need arise.”

Gov. Haley Barbour will set a special election to fill the open seat.

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