Republican Phillip Gunn of Clinton was elected speaker of the Mississippi House.
Gunn's election came shortly after the Mississippi Legislature convened the 2012 session Tuesday in Jackson, with Republicans controlling both chambers for the first time since Reconstruction.
After Gunn's election, the 122-member House was expected to elect fellow Republican Greg Snowden of Meridian to the chamber's second-highest leadership post as speaker pro tempore. The GOP's Terry Brown, of Columbus, was elected as
Senate president pro tempore.