Rep. Philip Gunn of Clinton told Rotarians that it is “great news” for Neshoba County that Republicans now have the majority leadership in the House for the first time in 140 years.
Gunn was recently selected by Republican House members as the preferred candidate for the speaker’s post.
Rep. Scott Bounds, R-Philadelphia, will have an active role in the leadership, Gunn said.
“Your representative has been sitting on the sidelines with me for the last eight years,” Gunn said. “We have been banished to the back row. We have been prevented from having any sort of leadership role, any sort of involvement in the process other than whatever we are able to do on the House floor.”
That will no longer be the case in the Republican-led House, Gunn said of Bounds, who represents District 45.
“Your representative, Mr. Scott Bounds, is getting off the sidelines and he’s getting in the game,” Gunn said. “I am going to make sure that he now has an active role in the leadership in pushing Mississippi forward and going forward. So for you that is great news. Your representative is now going to be an active player in the Mississippi House of Representatives. I hope that pleases you.”
For the past eight years, Gunn said the House had seen a tremendous division and a lack of inclusiveness.
One side has been completely excluded from positions on the budget committee, chairmanships and any involvement on the redistricting committees, Gunn said.
“That has created a dysfunctional House,” he said.
Gunn said there needed to be a forum for which everyone has a voice whether they are conservatives or liberals, men or women, black or white.
“Their voices need to be heard,” he said.
Gunn told Rotarians that he was excited about the next four years and the talented legislators he would be working alongside.
He said Mississippi has been last in so many categories for so many years.
Changes are needed, he said, to get the state moving up the ladder in education, jobs and health.
via Gunn: Bounds will be leader in House – The Neshoba Democrat – Philadelphia, Mississippi.