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2023 Legislative Session: Weeks 4 & 5

Qualifying for Re-Election

On January 3, I qualified for re-election to Senate District 45. Representing each of you has been the honor of a lifetime, but there’s more work to do. I am running for Senate to continue pushing legislation that grows our economy, reduces your tax burden, protects our fundamental rights, and makes Mississippi the best state in the nation to live, work, and raise a family. I look forward to seeing many of you on the campaign trail in 2023!

Committee Deadline & Bill Update

The Legislature just faced another important deadline, as January 31 was the last day that certain bills could be passed out of committees. Now the Senate has begun debating bills on the floor in anticipation of a February 9 deadline for passing, killing, or amending legislation before it is sent to the House of Representatives. Our legislative process follows a series of deadlines that help legislators narrow down legislation and keep it moving to ensure we finish and pass bills before the end of the session.

State of the State

Earlier this week, we heard from Governor Reeves as he delivered the annual State of the State address. Mississippi’s economy is growing, our education is improving, and we continue to prioritize individual freedoms for our citizens. In other words, conservative Republican policies are working for the people of Mississippi!

Enjoying Second Amendment Rights

I was thrilled to join my fellow Senator Bart Williams and Jamie Puckett, the director of special operations/major crime unit at the Mississippi Highway Patrol, for some second amendment activities last week, including shooting guns with suppressors.

Senate Pages

I appreciate Brennan Green, Meg Middleton, Olivia Holford, and Sterling Drews for serving as Senate pages last week. These students did a great job assisting legislators and staff with various tasks at the Capitol.

Arts Recognition

Senators John Horhn, John Polk, and I jointly presented Senate Resolution 20 to renowned artist and Hattiesburg native Ed McGowin for being a recipient of the 2023 Governor’s Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement. McGowin is an internationally renowned artist who has traveled to more than 100 counties.


As always, let me know if there is anything you’d like to discuss with me. I can be reached at

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