Members of the fifty-eight person Mississippi House Democratic Caucus met today to select a new slate of leaders for the 2012 Legislative Session. Succeeding Rep. Tyrone Ellis as Caucus Leader will be Rep. Bobby Moak of Bogue Chitto. Serving as Deputy Leader will be Rep. Bryant Clark of Pickens. Floor leaders were selected based on Mississippi’s three Supreme Court districts. These include Rep. David Baria of Bay St. Louis, Rep. Kelvin Buck of Holly Springs, and Rep. Adrienne Wooten of Ridgeland. Members decided that the fourth floor leader will be selected by the Caucus Leader at a later date.

“As in previous elections, the vote in November sent a clear message that you have to pay attention to what Mississippians are saying. Our Caucus takes the lessons of November seriously and we are looking forward to the opportunity to work with our Republican colleagues toward real solutions,” Moak said.

In outlining the Caucus platform for the session, Moak said, “Democrats in the House are committed to putting Mississippians back to work. This means building on our proven track record of attracting world-class employers to Mississippi and working to ensure that our small businesses have the tools they need to be successful.” Moak added, “We also know that Mississippi’s economic future rests on our ability to provide a quality education for our young people. As we begin work on what promises to be another difficult budget, we will continuously be reminding our colleagues that Mississippi’s best economic development tool is its education system.”

House Democratic Caucus Press Release