AP Analysis: New leaders to reshape Miss. Legislature

The Mississippi House and Senate are getting fresh leadership teams in 2012, with new presiding officers who will reward their top allies with the most prestigious committee assignments.

The big question is whether the two Republican presiding officers will reach out to include Democrats in positions of responsibility.

The 122 members of the House and 52 members of the Senate are sworn in Tuesday, and one of the first orders of business in the House is choosing a speaker.

Hattiesburg American
12/30/11