Lauderdale County, Miss. Representing the 31st District of Mississippi in the States Senate, Terry C. Burton of Newton has been involved with politics for nearly 25 years and with the start of this Legislative session for the New Year, Senator Burton now has a new role as President Pro Tempore of the Mississippi Senate.
“Very gratifying to know that your hard work over the years has been rewarded and to have the unanimous vote of your colleagues it is a humbling experience and very, very much an honor for me,” explained Burton.
With the appointment of Sen. Burton, East Mississippi has a strong presence in the state legislature, as both he and Representative Greg Snowden of Meridian are second in command of their respective chambers, along with various other longtime leaders.
“A lot of those people are from East Mississippi as well and they will have good chairmanships and a good opportunity to help with policy as well,” stated Burton, “But having the leadership positions, the #2 positions in both the House and Senate is exciting and I think that it should bode well for East Mississippi.”
Senator Burton is now ready to hit the ground running as President Pro Tempore of the Mississippi Senate by working closely with President of the Senate Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves.
“We will meet often, we will talk often about policy, about issues, about the number of votes that we have on any particular item, as his Chief Lieutenant we will maintain a very close relationship in our conversations and communication a lot,” stated Burton.
While the new session has just begun, over the next four years Senator Burton says there are 4 major issues facing Mississippi that he would like to see tackled in Jackson.
“If we can create jobs then we will create money for the State then we could do more things, better educational systems, transportation issues have got to be addressed at some point and quality of life issues,” said Burton.
While Senator Burton would like to see these issues looked at moving forward, there is still questions on specifically how the legislative body will allocate ways to improve them.