Rep. Kevin McGee, R-Brandon, resigned from the Mississippi House of Representatives Monday as part of a deal with the Mississippi Ethics Commission.
The Ethics Commission found in February that McGee had violated ethics laws after a printing company owned by his family had received almost $350,000 in state contracts while he was a House member. McGee no longer works at the printing company. McGee’s settlement with the Ethics Commission, which came more than a year after the case opened, included a $10,000 fine.
His old district, House District 59, is entirely within Rankin County. Gov. Phil Bryant will set a special election to fill McGee’s seat.
One name that emerged as a possible candidate Monday night is Bradley Lum. Lum is a partner in a new management firm, and a former teacher and coach at Brandon High School and Hinds Community College. He graduated from Ole Miss, where he played baseball.
Reached on his cell phone Tuesday morning, Lum would only say that he was considering a run.
Whoever wins would be in a reliably Republican district, and would hold what’s considered one of the safer seats in the Legislature. McGee first won election in 2007. He ran unopposed in 2011.
The Mississippi Business Journal first told you of The Ethics Commission’s investigation of McGee in October 2011. That story can be read here.