Miss. House staff says Gibbs still in Legislature

Mississippi House officials said Thursday that ailing Democratic Rep. David Gibbs of West Point remains a member of the Legislature.

A letter of resignation from Gibbs was never filed with the secretary of state’s office, so the resignation never took effect, said Nathan Wells, chief of staff for Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn.

When the legislative session opened Tuesday, Gunn read the House a resignation letter that had been signed by Gibbs, who is in poor health.

House clerk Andrew Ketchings said Gibbs’ family wrote another letter the same day, saying he wanted to rescind the resignation. But the second letter arrived at the Capitol another day.