Gov. Barbour delivers final address to Mississippi Legislature

Gov. Haley Barbour on Wednesday gave his final address to a joint session of the Mississippi Legislature urging members to work together to move Mississippi forward.

Following is the text of his prepared remarks:

Welcome back, or for you freshman, Welcome!

I assure you, whether longtime veterans or rookies, you’re in for an interesting experience, and hopefully, and experience that is rewarding for you and beneficial to our state and its citizens.

Usually at this podium I talk to the public, but today I’d like to talk to you, the Legislators – not so much the Legislature – but to you individually.

I’m not the one to tell you the Legislature is a magnificent institution, resplendent in its history and majestic in these hallowed halls. All that is true, but as I was never a member of the Legislature, someone else should tell you all that, and there are several in this chamber today who could do so.

Madison County Journal