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:

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.

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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