Bennie Thompson joining Obama on trip to Africa

A Mississippi Democrat is among the members of Congress traveling to Africa with President Barack Obama.

U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson is the top Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee.

Thompson says in a news release Thursday that he’s looking forward to seeing what leaders in Kenyaand Ethiopia are doing “to secure the region and stem the tide of the terrorist activity.”

Thompson says he’s also looking forward to discussing economic development.

Clarion Ledger