State Politics

SM lawmakers get powerful committee posts

New House Speaker Philip Gunn on Friday named eight South Mississippi lawmakers as chairmen of committees.

Gunn said he tried to be fair in terms of capability, seniority, regionalism and political party in naming legislative leaders for the next four years.Republicans now, for the first time in modern history, control the House leadership, but Gunn named 10 Democrats as chairmen of the 40 he named Friday.

Rep. Herb Frierson, R-Poplarville, was named chairman of the powerful Appropriations Committee, which controls state spending.

South Mississipp lawmakers said they were pleased with their committee assignments and believe South Mississippi fared well.

The South Mississippi chair and vice chair assignments are:Appropriations: Herb Frierson, chairmanBanking and Financial Services: Hank Zuber, chairmanConservation and Water Resources: Jessica Upshaw, chairmanConstitution: Scott DeLano, chairmanFees and Salaries of Public Officers: John Read, chairmanGaming: Richard Bennett, chairmanMarine Resources: Casey Eure, chairman; Jeffrey Guice, vice chairmanPorts Harbors and Airports: Randall Patterson, vice chairmanRules: Mark Formby, chairman