Republican Philip Gunn of Clinton has been elected speaker of the Mississippi House.
Gunn’s election came shortly after the Mississippi Legislature convened the 2012 session Tuesday with Republicans controlling both chambers for the first time since Reconstruction. Gunn was elected without opposition and his election was greeted with a standing ovation from House members.
Both houses were addressing housekeeping matters Tuesday, and both chambers were packed with lawmakers and their relatives. It was standing-room-only in the House, where Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann presided until Gunn’s election.