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Democrat makes no apology for voting across aisle



Angela Cockerham, a Democrat in the Mississippi House, is hard working, dedicated and intelligent, some colleagues say, but she is also criticized as frequently siding with the opposing party, including one vote that helped solidify the Republicans' supermajority.

In 2005, at age 28, she was a fresh face — her first try for political office — when voters elected her in a special election to replace then-longtime Rep. David Green, D-Gloster, who didn’t seek reelection....



...When asked about her voting pattern, Cockerham said she doesn’t cast votes based on her party affiliation but based upon her beliefs.

"When I'm casting my vote, I'm voting my conscience, based upon what is in the best interest for my district and the state," said Cockerham, whose District 96 encompasses Adams, Amite, Pike and Wilkinson counties.

Cockerham said her core values are rooted in her faith in God. She said she will continue to put things in God's hands.

"I want to have a positive impact on society," Cockerham said. "I'm blessed to have an opportunity to serve ... I think I work really hard. What I do, I do 1,000 percent ... I consider myself part of the leadership of the state."



Clarion Ledger
3/6/17

Posted March 7, 2017 - 2:37 am

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