***Statement by Secretary Hosemann on Redistricting Lawsuit***

“It has always been my position the Mississippi Legislature should be able to redistrict itself and not the Federal Courts. The Mississippi House and Senate adopted fair redistricting plans that even received approval by the Department of Justice. We believe the 2011 elections were constitutional, and our legislators should be able to serve their full four year terms.

To hold legislative elections outside of the normal four year cycle would prove costly and unproductive for our State. Particularly in these lean budget times, I cannot be in favor of the additional expense.”