Clarion Ledger – McCoy served state with distinction

When the new Legislature begins next week, it will be absent a fixture of more than three decades: Rep. Billy McCoy.

The soon to be former House Speaker William Joseph “Billy” McCoy, D-Rienzi, didn’t seek re-election after eight terms in the House. It’s the end of an era.

McCoy, often described as a”yellow dog Democrat,” because of his strong ties to the party (it’s said that such partisans would vote for a yellow dog if it had a “D” behind its name), now turns the gavel over to a Republican majority.

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