McCoy’s remarkably productive tenure

Speaker of the House Billy McCoy’s announcement on Wednesday that he would not seek re-election begins the conclusion of a remarkable and productive career in public service and politics.

McCoy succeeded another Prentiss County Democrat in the speakership, Tim Ford, when he retired in 2004 after serving 16 years. Their tenures have made Prentiss County the epicenter of legislative influence and leadership for 24 consecutive years, a remarkable political continuum.

The larger and more important impact of McCoy’s service is statewide, particularly in his unwavering commitment to economic advancement through increased educational attainment, adequate education funding and a statewide four-lane highway system providing necessary infrastructure for progress.

Daily Journal
5/27/11