Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann announced several new Committee Chairs today.  The resignations of Senators Sally Doty and Gary Jackson, plus the addition of two newly-elected Senators, Jason Barrett and Bart Williams, prompted the new assignments.

“The Legislature has the significant responsibility of helping lead the state through recovering from the pandemic, in addition to addressing all of the State’s other needs in education, economic issues, healthcare, transportation, and others,” Hosemann said. “We wanted to make sure our Senators knew of any Committee changes well before the start of the 2021 Session so they can begin attending hearings and preparing for next year.”

The updated Committee Chairs are as follows:

Accountability, Efficiency, and Transparency 

John A. Polk, Chairman

Angela Burks Hill, Vice-Chairwoman

Agriculture

Chuck Younger, Chairman

Tyler McCaughn, Vice-Chairman

Appropriations          

  1. Briggs Hopson III, Chairman

John A. Polk, Vice-Chairman

Business and Financial Institutions

Chris Caughman, Chairman

Chad McMahan, Vice-Chairman

 

Constitution                                                                          

Chris Johnson, Chairman

Derrick T. Simmons, Vice-Chairman

Corrections

Juan Barnett, Chairman

Daniel Sparks, Vice-Chairman

 

County Affairs                                                                     

Angela Burks Hill, Chairwoman

Neil S. Whaley, Vice-Chairman

Drug Policy

David Jordan, Chairman

Melanie Sojourner, Vice-Chairwoman

 

Economic and Workforce Development                            

David Parker, Chairman

Chuck Younger, Vice-Chairman

Education

Dennis DeBar Jr., Chairman

David Blount, Vice-Chairman

 

Elections                                                                                

Jeff Tate, Chairman

Hob Bryan, Vice-Chairman

Energy

Joel R. Carter Jr., Chairman

Rita Potts Parks, Vice-Chairwoman

 

Enrolled Bills                                                                                 

Tammy Witherspoon, Chairwoman                                                  

Robert L. Jackson, Vice-Chairman

Environmental Protection, Conservation, and Water Resources

Chris McDaniel, Chairman

Chris Caughman, Vice-Chairman

 

Ethics                                                                                                

Albert Butler, Chairman

Chris McDaniel, Vice-Chairman

Executive Contingent Fund

Robert L. Jackson, Chairman

Juan Barnett, Vice-Chairman

 

Finance                                                                                  

Josh Harkins, Chairman

Chris Johnson, Vice-Chairman

Forestry

Sampson Jackson II, Chairman

Joseph M. Seymour, Vice-Chairman

 

Gaming                                                                                 

David Blount, Chairman

Philip Moran, Vice-Chairman

Highways and Transportation

Jenifer B. Branning, Chairwoman

Barbara Blackmon, Vice-Chairwoman

 

Housing          

Barbara Blackmon, Chairwoman

Tammy Witherspoon, Vice-Chairwoman

Insurance

  1. Walter Michel, Chairman

Mike McLendon, Vice-Chairman

 

Interstate and Federal Cooperation                                  

Hillman Terome Frazier, Chairman

Joseph Thomas, Vice-Chairman

Investigate State Offices

Mike Thompson, Chairman

Sarita Simmons, Vice-Chairwoman

 

Judiciary, Division A                                                          

Brice Wiggins, Chairman

Jenifer B. Branning, Vice-Chairwoman

Judiciary, Division B

Joey Fillingane, Chairman

Jeremy England, Vice-Chairman

 

Labor                                                                        

John Horhn, Chairman

Hillman Terome Frazier, Vice-Chairman

Local and Private                                                                 

Chad McMahan, Chairman

Dean Kirby, Vice-Chairman

 

Medicaid

Kevin Blackwell, Chairman

Joey Fillingane, Vice-Chairman

 

Municipalities                                                                       

Derrick T. Simmons, Chairman

Jason Barrett, Vice-Chairman

 

Ports and Marine Resources

Philip Moran, Chairman

Mike Thompson, Vice-Chairman

 

Public Health and Welfare                                                

Hob Bryan, Chairman

David Parker, Vice-Chairman

 

Public Property

Angela Turner-Ford, Chairwoman

Albert Butler, Vice-Chairman

 

Rules                                                                                      

Dean Kirby, Chairman

  1. Walter Michel, Vice-Chairman

State Library

Sollie B. Norwood, Chairman

Kathy Chism, Vice-Chairwoman

 

Technology                                                                                       

Scott DeLano, Chairman

Bart Williams, Vice-Chairman

 

Tourism

Lydia Graves Chassaniol, Chairwoman

John Horhn, Vice-Chairman

 

Universities and Colleges                                                    

Rita Potts Parks, Chairwoman

Nicole Akins Boyd, Vice-Chairwoman

Veterans and Military Affairs

Joseph M. Seymour, Chairman

Scott DeLano, Vice-Chairman

Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks

Neil S. Whaley, Chairman

Ben Suber, Vice-Chairman

An updated list of Committee members will be posted on the Legislature’s website, www.legislature.ms.gov. For more information on Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann, visit www.ltgovernorhosemann.ms.gov.

Press Release

11/2/2020