Six Coast Senators will lead committees in the legislative session that began earlier this month.
“The Gulf Coast is vitally important to Mississippi’s economy, and I believe the region’s senators should have a major role in shaping that economic growth,” Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said in a release announcing the assignments..
The five new chairmen are Republicans. The lone chairwoman is also the lone Democrat.
The assignments are:
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Sen. Tommy Gollott: Chairman of the Ports and Marine Resources Committee, which handles port issues and the Department of Marine Resources. Gollott, R-Biloxi, represents District 50 in Harrison County.
Sen. Philip Moran: Chairman of the Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Committee, which covers issues related to hunting, fishing and management of the state’s resources. Moran, R-Kiln, represents District 46, which includes Hancock and Harrison counties.
Sen. Sean Tindell: Chairman of the Judiciary A Committee, which handles issues related to civil and contract law. Tindell, R-Gulfport, represents District 49 in Harrison County.
Sen. Michael Watson: Chairman of the Environmental Protection, Conservation and Water Resources Committee, which often manages issues related to protecting the state’s natural resources. Watson, R-Pascagoula, represents District 51 in Jackson County.
Sen. Brice Wiggins: Chairman of the newly created Medicaid Committee, which will address matters related to the federal-state health insurance program that covers about a quarter of Mississippians. Wiggins, R-Pascagoula, represents District 52 in Jackson County.
Sen. Debbie Dawkins: Chairwoman of the Libraries Committee, which reviews state library matters. Dawkins, D-Harrison, represents District 48 in Harrison County.