Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn has
named chairs for committees, allowing the House to move ahead with business
With the GOP takeover of the House, Republicans were named to head all of the House's major committees.
Unlike four years ago, though, when Democratic Speaker Billy McCoy froze out GOP members from
chairmanships after they failed to depose him, Gunn, a Republican, did name some Democrats to committee chairmanships.
New leaders for major committees include:
--Appropriations, Herb Frierson, R-Poplarville
--Judiciary A, Rep. Mark Baker, R-Brandon
--Judiciary B, Andy Gipson, R-Braxton
--Education, John Moore, R-Brandon
--Ways and Means, Jeff Smith, R-Columbus
The Mississippi Legislature is 18 days into a 120-day session. The Rules and Management committees had been organized earlier.