Mississippi shares the dubious distinction with Iowa of never sending a woman to Congress or electing one as governor – something outgoing Republican Lt. Gov. Amy Tuck could possibly have changed.
Mississippi will have two vacancies in Congress now that powerful U.S. Sen. Trent Lott and U.S. Rep. Chip Pickering, both Republicans, have decided to give up their seats. But Tuck, only the second woman to be elected to lieutenant governor and the first to serve back-to-back terms, has taken another road. She’s leaving the political scene, at least for a while, to work at her alma mater Mississippi State University.
There doesn’t appear to be another woman on the horizon to step onto the political trail forged by Tuck and Evelyn Gandy, who served as Mississippi’s first female lieutenant governor from 1976-80 and the first woman elected to statewide office.