Mississippi House Re-Elects McCoy Speaker

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Rep. Billy McCoy has been re-elected speaker of the Mississippi House.
McCoy, a Democrat from Rienzi, beat back a challenge Tuesday from Rep. Jeff Smith, D-Columbus, to win a second term as speaker.

The vote of House members was 62 for McCoy and 60 for Smith. Sixty-two votes were needed for election in the 122-member House.

The speaker appoints House committee chairmen and committee members.

McCoy, a populist from northeast Mississippi, had clashed frequently with Gov. Haley Barbour over the previous four years. Smith was viewed as friendlier to the agenda of Barbour, a Republican who will be sworn in next week for a second term.

Roll call for Speaker of the House:

VOTING FOR MCCOY
Democrats (62)
Arinder, Morton; Bailey, Greenville; Banks, Jackson; Bell, Fulton; Blackmon, Canton; Broomfield, Moss Point; Brown, Jackson; Buck, Holly Springs; Burnett, Tunica; Calhoun, Jackson; K. Campbell, Jackson; Clark, Pickens; Clarke, Jackson; Cockerham, Magnolia; L. Coleman, Mound Bayou; M. Coleman, Jackson; Compretta, Bay St. Louis; Dedeaux, Perkinston; Dickson, Macon; Duvall, Mantachie; Eaton, Taylorsville; Ellis, Starkville; B. Evans, Monticello; J. Evans, Jackson; Flaggs, Vicksburg; Fredericks, Gulfport; Gardner, Batesville; Gibbs, D-West Point; Harrison, Columbus; Hines, Greenville; Holland, Plantersville; Holloway, Hazlehurst; R. Huddleston, Sumner; Jones, Pascagoula; Lane, Waynesboro; Malone, Carthage; Mayo, Clarksdale; Moak, Bogue Chitto; McBride, Courtland; McCoy, Rienzi; Middleton, Port Gibson; Moss, Corinth; Myers, McComb; Norquist, Cleveland; Peranich, Pass Christian; Perkins, Greenwood; Puckett, Hatley; Reynolds, Charleston; W. Robinson, Bolton; Scott, Laurel; F. Smith, Carthage; Sullivan, Okolona; Thomas, Indianola; Straughter, Belzoni; Walley, Leakesville; Warren, Mount Olive; Watson, Hattiesburg; Whittington, Schlater; Ward, Ripley; Stringer, Montrose; Wooten, Jackson; Young, Meridian.

VOTING FOR SMITH
Democrats (13)
Bondurant, Grenada; Bounds, Philadelphia; Espy, Clarksdale; Gadd, Hickory Flat; Johnson, Natchez; Nicholson, Little Rock; Nowell, Louisville; Parker, Lucedale; Patterson, Biloxi; M. Rogers, New Albany; Shows, Ellisville; J. Smith, Columbus; Stevens, West.
Republicans (47)
Akins, Oxford; Aldridge, Tupelo; L. Baker, Senatobia; M. Baker, Brandon; Barker, Hattiesburg; Beckett, Bruce; Bennett, Long Beach; Byrd, Petal; T. Campbell, Meridian; Carpenter, Burnsville; Chism, Columbus; Currie, Brookhaven; Denny, Jackson; Ellington, Raymond; Fillingane, Sumrall; Formby, Picayune; Frierson, Poplarville; Gipson, Braxton; Guice, Ocean Springs; Gunn, Clinton; E. Hamilton, Olive Branch; F. Hamilton, Hurley; Horne, Meridian; Howell, Kilmichael; M. Huddleston, Pontotoc; Ishee, Gulfport; Janus, Biloxi; Jennings, Southaven; Martinson, Madison; Mayhall, Southaven; McGee, Brandon; Mims, McComb; Monsour, Vicksburg; Moore, Brandon; Morgan, Morgantown; Palazzo, Biloxi; Pigott, Tylertown; Read, Gautier; Reed, Ackerman; R. Rogers, Pearl; Snowden, Meridian; Staples, Laurel; Turner, Baldwyn; Upshaw, Diamondhead; Weathersby, Florence; Woods, Byhalia; Zuber, Ocean Springs.


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  • by Sandra Location: Pass Christian on Sep 14, 2008 at 12:11 PM
    Billy has friends who are contractors. Don't we all. So if the "walk" is somewhat more difficult, they will still survive. Yet, those who have had their life savings or insurance money walk off with "crooks" in contractors clothing have a much "harder" walk to walk, I believe Billy is doing a disservice to the MAJORITY. Surely the contractors, that are his friends, want to protect their lively hood from dishonest individuals or do they?????????
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