Rep. John Read of Gautier will be the new chairman of the Appropriations Committee in the state House of Representatives.
“John has more experience and knowledge of the appropriations process than anyone in the House of Representatives,” said Speaker of the House Philip Gunn. “He has 25 years of legislative experience. He has been a member of the Appropriations Committee for more than 20 years and has served as the Vice-Chairman of Appropriations for eight of those years.”
Read has been a pretty popular guy since the announcement.
“I have three phones and they’re all ringing,” he said. “It’s a humbling experience and a big responsibility but I’m very proud I was selected. I want to continue to do the good work of Herb Frierson (the previous chairman).”
Gunn said Read has had several leadership roles during his legislative career, including chairman of the Fees and Salaries Committee, chairman of the Conservation and Water Resources Committee, and vice-chairman of the Rules Committee, one of the most powerful committees in the House.
“John has served well in all of these roles and has proven himself to be a competent leader. His resume and his record of service make it clear that he is very qualified to be the Chairman, and I believe he will do an excellent job,” Gunn said.
Read, a Republican who was first elected in 1993, replaces Frierson, who stepped down to become Commissioner of Revenue.
Appropriations is a standing committee of the House and has 33 members. Representatives Richard Bennett, Charles Busby, Scott DeLano, Casey Eure and Timmy Ladner are other South Mississippians who serve on the committee.