House GOP Caucus re-ups on Philip Gunn as speaker. White expected to serve as pro tem

In a proforma vote, the state House Republican Caucus on Thursday unanimously chose Rep. Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, as speaker for another four years.

The official House vote on Gunn’s continued speakership will be in January when the Legislature convenes, but with the GOP House Caucus maintaining a supermajority in that chamber after Tuesday’s election, his reelection is a foregone conclusion.

The House is also expected to ratify Gunn’s choice of Rep. Jason White, R-West, as speaker pro tem, the second-ranking House leadership position. He will replace Rep. Greg Snowden, R-Meridian, who lost in his District 83 reelection bid this year. White has been a top lieutenant on Gunn’s leadership team and has served as chairman of the powerful Rules Committee.

Clarion Ledger