Yesterday, Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann announced that Sen. Dennis DeBar of Leakesville will continue to lead the Senate Education Committee and Sen. David Blount of Jackson will return as vice chair. We are grateful for their leadership in the past four years and look forward to the next four! Other members of that committee are Senators Nicole Boyd of Oxford, Hob Bryan of Amory, Scott DeLano of Biloxi, Rod Hickman of Macon, Briggs Hopson of Vicksburg, Michael McLendon of Hernando, Chad McMahan of Guntown, Sollie Norwood of Jackson, John Polk of Hattiesburg, Robin Robinson of Laurel, Sarita Simmons of Cleveland, and Brice Wiggins of Pascagoula.
This morning, House Speaker Jason White announced that Rep. Rob Roberson of Starkville will chair the House Education Committee and Rep. Kent McCarty of Hattiesburg will return as vice chair. Chairman Roberson served as vice chair of Education in a previous term, and we anticipate good things from both committee leaders. Other members of that committee are Representatives Manly Barton of Moss Point, Richard Bennett of Long Beach, Charles Blackwell of Ellisville, Randy Boyd of Mantachie, Sam Creekmore of New Albany, Becky Currie of Brookhaven, Kevin Felsher of Biloxi, Jimmy Fondren of Pascagoula, Stephanie Foster of Jackson, Justis Gibbs of Jackson, Zachary Grady of D’Iberville, Jeffery Harness of Fayette, Kenji Holloway of Carthage, Greg Holloway of Hazlehurst, Celeste Hurst of Sandhill, Vince Mangold of Brookhaven, Brad Mattox of Corinth, Dana McLean of Columbus, Carl Mickens of Brooksville, Jansen Owen of Poplarville, Kimberly Remak of Olive Branch, Robert Sanders of Cleveland, Cheikh Taylor of Starkville, Beth Waldo of Pontotoc, and Percy Watson of Hattiesburg.
We congratulate these legislative leaders and look forward to working with them to ensure that Mississippi’s public school teachers and students have the resources and support they need to succeed.
Many thanks are due Rep. Richard Bennett for his past service as chair of House Education. We are glad to have him back as a member of that committee.
In the coming weeks, we expect hundreds of bills that affect public education to be introduced. Rest assured that we at The Parents’ Campaign will read each of them, and we will let you know when issues that are critical to your local public schools need your attention. As legislators are assigned new Capitol phone numbers and email addresses, we will update our website with that information so you can reach out to them and begin to form relationships. Working together, there is no limit to the good we can do for our children and our state!