Neshoba County is poised to have one of its state legislators in an active leadership role in the House of Representatives, the preferred candidate for Speaker of the Mississippi House told the Philadelphia Rotary Club on Monday.
Rep. Philip Gunn of Clinton told Rotarians that it is “great news” for Neshoba County that Republicans now have the majority leadership in the House for the first time in 140 years.
Gunn was recently selected by Republican House members as the preferred candidate for the speaker’s post.
Rep. Scott Bounds, R-Philadelphia, will have an active role in the leadership, Gunn said.
“Your representative has been sitting on the sidelines with me for the last eight years,” Gunn said. “We have been banished to the back row. We have been prevented from having any sort of leadership role, any sort of involvement in the process other than whatever we are able to do on the House floor.”