Harrison – NE Mississippi’s influence declines

JACKSON – Northeast Mississippi’s political influence is not what it used to be. In terms of the Legislature, which is where to a large extent public policy is formed, for the past 15 years, no area of the state has had as much political influence as Northeast Mississippi.

For the 2000-04 legislative term, the late Jack Gordon, D-Okolona, chaired the Senate Appropriations Committee while the Ways and Means Committee was chaired by Billy McCoy, D-Rienzi. The Senate Finance Committee, which is equivalent to the House Ways and Means Committee, was chaired by the late Bill Minor, D-Holly Springs.