Sen. Tommy Gollott, R-Biloxi, is its longest-serving member ever.
Like Cy Young’s 749 complete baseball games pitched, Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point basketball game and Cal Ripken Jr.’s 2,632 consecutive baseball games played, Gollott’s record may stand the test of time.
On Sunday, Gollott, who will soon turn 82, tied the late Walter Sillers Jr. as the longest-serving state legislator. Sillers served for almost 50 years, from when he was first elected in 1916 until his death on Sept. 24, 1966. Gollott has now surpassed Sillers’ longevity mark.
As the body’s longest-serving member, Gollott is affectionately called the “Dean” and “Godfather” of the Mississippi Legislature.