District 17 State Senator Terry Brown, R-Columbus, was named Senate Pro Tempore Tuesday. Brown was voted to the position with acclamation. The vote was unanimous and another name was never mentioned for consideration. Lt. Gov-elect Tate Reeves had submitted Brown’s name for consideration last week and the rest of the Republican-controlled senate apparently agreed.
Brown is beginning his 3rd term in the senate. He won re-election without an opponent in November. Brown also served 3 terms in the House of Representatives from 1988-2000 before running unsuccessfully for Lt. Governor in 1999.
I talked with Brown by phone Tuesday night. “I couldn’t be more honored being named President Pro Tempore of the senate”, he told me. “I was named by acclamation and I really appreciate it.”
Brown said the senate would be getting to work immediately and that the legislative body should be naming committee appointments by Friday. Brown will fill-in for Reeves when he’s unable to preside over the senate. He’ll also receive an additional $15,000 per year salary on top of his regular legislative compensation for serving as President Pro Tempore.
Over in the other legislative chamber, as expected, the House of Representatives voted Phillip Gunn, R-Clinton, as their speaker. In fact, Gunn’s election drew a standing ovation from the house members. Gunn received support from both parties in his election as speaker. Republicans took control of the House of Representatives, this year, for the first time since Reconstruction. In fact, Republicans now control the governors’ office, the Lt governors’ office, the house and the senate. In the house, the Republicans hold a 64-58 majority. In the senate, they hold a 31-21 majority.
State Representative Jeff Smith, R-Columbus, said that Rep. Andy Gibson nominated Gunn. Smith gave the second. Rep. Greg Snowden, R-Meridian, was named Speaker Pro Tempore of the house. Snowden will be Gunn’s second-in-command.
Smith, who long had hoped to be speaker after losing to Billy McCoy by 1 vote four years ago, was proud to give the second for Gunn. It’s rumored that Smith may be named as the powerful Ways & Means Committe Chairman. Smith said he’d love to have the position. He wants to be chairman of a policy-making committee, and Ways & Means is certainly one of those. Smith said that all economic development projects come through Ways & Means. Though he’s the favorite to be named chairman, Smith isn’t holding his breath.
“I’ve been the bridesmaid twice…but never the bride”, he chuckled.
Smith said that Gunn probably won’t select or reveal committe chairmen appointees until late next week.
LINK Officials Absent from Lowndes Inaugural Ceremony
When Board of Supervisors Secretary Rowena Sykes Worshaim set up areas for public officials to sit at the Inaugural Ceremony at the upper level of The Trotter Convention Center, she designated certain areas of seating by labeling them on rows of chairs. The row labeled ‘LINK’ didn’t have a seat taken. Packet Associate Editor Sarah Fowler walked over and pointed it out to me.
It was her opinion, and mine as well, that someone from the LINK should certainly have been there. Unless we missed them, they sat in another area, or whatever the case…someone representing the LINK or their board should have been at the inaugural ceremony.