Mississippi House of Representatives

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Mississippi House of Representatives
Mississippi State Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Term limits
New session started
January 5, 2015
Philip Gunn (R)
Since January 3, 2012
Speaker pro Tempore
Greg Snowden (R)
Since January 3, 2012
Majority Leader
Since January 3, 2012
Minority Leader
Tyrone Ellis (D)
Since November 3, 2015
Seats 122
Mississippi state legislature diagram house.svg
Political groups
Governing party

Opposition party

Length of term
4 years
Authority Article IV, Mississippi Constitution
Salary $10,000/year + per diem
Last election
November 3, 2015
(122 seats)
Next election
November 5, 2019
(122 seats)
Redistricting Legislative Control
Meeting place
Mississippi State Capitol building in Jackson.jpg
House of Representatives Chamber
Mississippi State Capitol
Jackson, Mississippi
Mississippi State Legislature

The Mississippi House of Representatives is the lower house of the Mississippi Legislature, the lawmaking body of the US state of Mississippi. According to the state constitution of 1890, it is to comprise no more than 122 members elected for four-year terms. To qualify as a member of the house candidates must be at least 21 years old, a resident of Mississippi for at least four years, and a resident in the district in which he or she is running for at least two years. Current state law provides for the maximum number of members. Elections are held the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

The House has the duty under the Mississippi Constitution to select the Governor of Mississippi if no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote. The power has only been exercised one time, in 1999 when state representatives selected Ronnie Musgrove to serve as governor, after he had won a plurality of the popular vote in that year's election.

The current membership reflects the balance of power after the 2011 elections, which was the first election since Reconstruction to give a majority of seats to Republicans.[1]

Powers and process

Article 4, Section 36 of the Mississippi Constitution specifies that the state legislature must meet for 125 days every four years and 90 days in other years. The Mississippi House of Representatives has the authority to determine rules of its own proceedings, punish its members for disorderly behavior, and expel a member with a two-thirds vote of its membership.[2] Bills must undergo three readings in each house, unless two-thirds of the house dispenses with the rules.[2] They cannot be amended to a new purpose.[2] Amendments to bills must be approved by both houses.[2]

The governor has the power to veto legislation, but legislators can override the veto with a two-thirds decision.[2]

State representatives are authorized under the Mississippi Constitution to select the Governor of Mississippi if no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote. This has occurred only one time, in 1999 when Ronnie Musgrove was selected (Musgrove had the most votes statewide, but fell a fraction of a point shy of a majority).


State representatives earn $10,000 per year.[3]


The following composition reflects the balance of power after the 2011 elections, which was the first election since Reconstruction to give a majority of seats in the State House to the Republicans.[1] State representatives are elected every four years by the qualified electors of the district for which they are running.[4] Candidates are required to be at least 21 years of age and a resident of the state and district for which they are campaigining.[5]

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Democratic Republican Vacant
End of previous legislature (2011) 67 55 122
Begin 58 64 122 0
July 20, 2012[6] 63 121 1
November 19, 2012[7] 62 120 2
November 27, 2012[8] 63 121 1
December 10, 2012[9] 57 64 121
January 11, 2013[10] 65 122 0
January 13, 2013[11] 56 121 1
February 4, 2013[12] 55 120 2
March 24, 2013[13] 64 119 3
April 4, 2013[14] 56 120 2
April 26, 2013[15] 57 121 1
June 10, 2013[16] 65 122 0
July 1, 2013[17] 54 119 3
January 2014[18] 57 122 0
September 15, 2014[19] 56 66
February 12, 2015[20] 55 121 1
April 6, 2015[21] 67 122 0
June 10, 2015[22] 54 121 1
November 5, 2015[23] 53 68
Latest voting share 43.4% 55.7%

Current members

District Name Party Residence
1 Carpenter, LesterLester Carpenter Rep Burnsville
2 Bain, NickNick Bain Dem Corinth
3 Arnold, William "Tracy"William "Tracy" Arnold Rep Booneville
4 Steverson, JodyJody Steverson Rep Ripley
5 Faulkner, JohnJohn Faulkner Dem Holly Springs
6 Criswell, DanaDana Criswell Rep Olive Branch
7 Hopkins, SteveSteve Hopkins Rep Southaven
8 Lamar, TreyTrey Lamar Rep Senatobia
9 Burnett, CedricCedric Burnett Dem Tunica
10 Mettetal, NolanNolan Mettetal Rep Sardis
11 Jackson, LataishaLataisha Jackson Dem Como
12 Hughes Jr., J.P.J.P. Hughes Jr. Dem Oxford
13 Massengill, SteveSteve Massengill Rep Hickory Flat
14 Rogers, MargaretMargaret Rogers Rep New Albany
15 Huddleston, MacMac Huddleston Rep Pontotoc
16 Holland, StephenStephen Holland Dem Plantersville
17 Aguirre, ShaneShane Aguirre Rep Tupelo
18 Turner, JerryJerry Turner Rep Baldwyn
19 Boyd, RandyRandy Boyd Rep Mantachie
20 Brown, ChrisChris Brown Rep Aberdeen
21 Bell, DonnieDonnie Bell Rep Fulton
22 Sullivan, PrestonPreston Sullivan Dem Okolona
23 Beckett, CharlesCharles Beckett Rep Bruce
24 Hale, JeffJeff Hale Rep Grenada
25 Eubanks, DanDan Eubanks Rep Wells
26 Padon, OrlandoOrlando Padon Dem Clarksdale
27 Walker, KennethKenneth Walker Dem Carthage
28 Foster, RobertRobert Foster Rep Boyle
29 Coleman, LindaLinda Coleman Dem Mound Bayou
30 Huddleston, RobertRobert Huddleston Dem Sumner
31 Thomas, SaraSara Thomas Dem Indianola
32 Perkins, Sr., WillieWillie Perkins, Sr. Dem Greenwood
33 Reynolds II, ThomasThomas Reynolds II Dem Charleston
34 Horan, KevinKevin Horan Dem Schlater
35 Hood, JoeyJoey Hood Rep Ackerman
36 Gibbs, KarlKarl Gibbs Dem West Point
37 Chism, GaryGary Chism Rep Columbus
38 Ellis, TyroneTyrone Ellis Dem Starkville
39 Smith, JeffJeff Smith Rep Columbus
40 Henley, AshleyAshley Henley Rep Southaven
41 Vacant
42 Mickens, CarlCarl Mickens Dem Macon
43 Evans, MichaelMichael Evans Dem Philadelphia
44 Bounds, C. ScottC. Scott Bounds Rep Philadelphia
45 Mathis, JayJay Mathis[24] Rep Carthage
46 Howell, BobbyBobby Howell Rep Kilmichael
47 Clark, BryantBryant Clark Dem Pickens
48 White, JasonJason White Rep West
49 Bailey, WillieWillie Bailey Dem Greenville
50 Hines, JohnJohn Hines Dem Greenville
51 Straughter, RufusRufus Straughter Dem Belzoni
52 Kinkade, BillBill Kinkade Rep Byhalia
53 Moak, RobertRobert Moak Dem Bogue Chitto
54 Monsour, AlexAlex Monsour Rep Vicksburg
55 Denton, OscarOscar Denton Dem Vicksburg
56 Gunn, PhilipPhilip Gunn Rep Clinton
57 Blackmon, Jr., EdwardEdward Blackmon, Jr. Dem Canton
58 Martinson, RitaRita Martinson Rep Madison
59 Powell, BrentBrent Powell Rep Brandon
60 Moore, JohnJohn Moore Rep Brandon
61 Rogers, RayRay Rogers Rep Pearl
62 Weathersby, Sr., ThomasThomas Weathersby, Sr. Rep Florence
63 Dixon, Deborah ButlerDeborah Butler Dixon Dem Raymond
64 Denny, Jr., WilliamWilliam Denny, Jr. Rep Jackson
65 Coleman, MaryMary Coleman Dem Jackson
66 Brown, CecilCecil Brown Dem Jackson
67 Banks, Earle S.Earle S. Banks Dem Jackson
68 Calhoun, CredellCredell Calhoun Dem Jackson
69 Clarke, AlyceAlyce Clarke Dem Jackson
70 Evans, JamesJames Evans Dem Jackson
71 Wooten, AdrienneAdrienne Wooten Dem Canton
72 Buck, Kimberly CampbellKimberly Campbell Buck Dem Jackson
73 Oberhousen, BradBrad Oberhousen Dem Jackson
74 Baker, MarkMark Baker Rep Brandon
75 Miles, TomTom Miles Dem Forest
76 Holloway, Sr., GregoryGregory Holloway, Sr. Dem Hazlehurst
77 Gipson, J. AndrewJ. Andrew Gipson Rep Braxton
78 Rushing, RandyRandy Rushing Rep Decatur
79 Eaton II, BlaineBlaine Eaton II Dem Taylorsville
80 Scott, OmeriaOmeria Scott Dem Laurel
81 Horne, StephenStephen Horne Rep Meridian
82 Young, Jr., CharlesCharles Young, Jr. Dem Meridian
83 Snowden, GregGreg Snowden Rep Meridian
84 Shirley, WilliamWilliam Shirley Rep Quitman
85 Middleton, ChuckChuck Middleton Dem Port Gibson
86 Lane, SherraSherra Lane Dem Waynesboro
87 Stringer, JohnnyJohnny Stringer Dem Montrose
88 Staples, GaryGary Staples Rep Laurel
89 Shows, BobbyBobby Shows Rep Ellisville
90 Warren, JosephJoseph Warren Dem Mount Olive
91 Evans, RobertRobert Evans Dem Monticello
92 Currie, BeckyBecky Currie Rep Brookhaven
93 Ladner, TimmyTimmy Ladner Rep Poplarville
94 Johnson III, RobertRobert Johnson III Dem Natchez
95 Willis, Patricia H.Patricia H. Willis Rep Diamondhead
96 Cockerham, AngelaAngela Cockerham Dem Magnolia
97 Mims, V, SamSam Mims, V Rep McComb
98 Myers, DavidDavid Myers Dem McComb
99 Pigott, BillBill Pigott Rep Tylertown
100 Morgan, KenKen Morgan Rep Morgantown
101 Lott, HankHank Lott Rep Sumrall
102 Barker, TobyToby Barker Rep Hattiesburg
103 Watson, PercyPercy Watson Dem Hattiesburg
104 Byrd, LarryLarry Byrd Rep Petal
105 DeBar, DennisDennis DeBar Rep
106 Frierson, HerbertHerbert Frierson Rep Poplarville
107 McLeod, DougDoug McLeod Rep
108 Formby, MarkMark Formby Rep Picayune
109 Barton, ManlyManly Barton Rep
110 Anderson, JerameyJeramey Anderson Dem Moss Point
111 Busby, CharlesCharles Busby Rep Pascagoula
112 Read, JohnJohn Read Rep Gautier
113 Zuber III, HenryHenry Zuber III Rep Ocean Springs
114 Guice, Jeffrey S.Jeffrey S. Guice Rep Ocean Springs
115 Patterson, RandallRandall Patterson Rep Biloxi
116 Eure, CaseyCasey Eure Rep Biloxi
117 DeLano, ScottScott DeLano Rep Biloxi
118 Haney, GregGreg Haney Rep Gulfport
119 Williams-Barnes, SonyaSonya Williams-Barnes Dem Gulfport
120 Bennett, RichardRichard Bennett Rep Long Beach
121 Crawford, CarolynCarolyn Crawford Rep Pass Christian
122 Baria, DavidDavid Baria Dem Bay St. Louis

With the February 2009 party switch of Billy Nicholson from Democrat to Republican, the composition became 73 Democrats and 49 Republicans. This also meant that for the first time in the history of Mississippi, the majority of the Democratic members of the House were African-Americans.[25]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 "GOP takes Miss. House for 1st time in years". Boston.Com. November 14, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Constitutional Provisions The Legislature And Legislation Rules of Procedure, Mississippi Legislature (accessed May 31, 2013)
  3. Legislative Salaries by State, Empirecenter.org (accessed May 31, 2013)
  4. Article 4, Section 34, Oklahoma Constitution (accessed May 31, 2013)
  5. Article 4, Section 41, Oklahoma Constitution (accessed May 31, 2013)
  6. Republican Thomas Woods (District 52) resigned due to medical reasons
  7. Republican Kevin McGee (District 59) resigned due to an ethic investigation. [1]
  8. Republican Bill Kinkade elected to succeed Woods.
  9. Democrat Jason White (District 48) switched to the Republican Party.
  10. Republican Brent Powell elected to succeed McGee.
  11. Democrat David Gibbs (District 36) died.
  12. Democrat Joe Gardner (District 11) died.
  13. Republican Jessica Upshaw (District 95) died.
  14. Democrat Karl Gibbs elected to succeed Gibbs.
  15. Democrat Lataisha Jackson elected to succeed Gardner.
  16. Republican Patricia Willis elected to succeed Upshaw.
  17. Democrats Kelvin Buck (District 5), George Flaggs, Jr. (District 55) and Billy Broomfield (District 110) all resigned when they assumed office as Mayors of Holly Springs, Vicksburg and Moss Point, respectively.
  18. Democrats John Faulkner (District 5), Oscar Denton (District 55) and Jeramey Anderson (District 110) are elected in the House of Representatives.
  19. Democrat Randall Patterson of Biloxi (District 115) switched to the Republican Party.
  20. Democrat Bennett Malone of Carthage (District 45) announced his resignation due to health problems. [2]
  21. Jay Mathis won special election in District 45 a walkover to fill the vacancy. [3]
  22. Democrat Esther Harrison of Columbus (District 41) died.
  23. Democrat Jody Steverson of Ripley (District 4) switched to the Republican Party.
  24. Due to Bennett Malone's retirement on February 12, a special election was called for District 45, which was won by Jay Mathis by acclimation, changing the party holding the seat from Democrat to Republican. [4] [5]
  25. Brown, Jennifer Jacob. "State Rep. Nicholson switches parties" Meridian Star February 26, 2009

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