Reeves wants Ward as second in command in state Senate

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves wants state Sen. Giles Ward to be his second in command.

"Giles has the respect of his colleagues in the Senate because they know he has the true heart of a public servant," Reeves said in a press release from his office. "Giles is passionate about creating smart agriculture and forestry policies, protecting Mississippians' Second Amendment rights and creating good-paying jobs across this state."

The Louisville Republican represents District 18, which includes parts of Leake, Neshoba and Winston counties. Ward, who was elected in 2008, announced last year that he would not seek re-election.

If he is elected by the Senate, Ward would run the body in Reeves' absence.

"I am honored to have the support of the lieutenant governor for this prestigious position," Ward said in the release. "Tate has brought calm, conservative leadership to the Mississippi Senate in the last three years.  I would be honored to continue to serve on his leadership team in this capacity should the members of the Senate see fit to elect me."

The position has been vacant since Sen. Terry Brown, R-Columbus, died last year.