Byhalia, Mississippi location map; created wit...
Byhalia, Mississippi location map; created with the GIMP. Made by User:Acntx. Adapted from Wikipedia’s Mississippi County Maps. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Veteran state legislator Tommy Woods of Byhalia said Thursday his retirement from the Mississippi House of Representatives will be effective July 30.

Woods, a Republican, announced earlier that he was retiring from the Legislature but said he delayed his departure at the behest of House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, in case he was needed to vote in the event of a special legislative session.

“I talked with Speaker Gunn, and we decided that July 30 was the best date,” Woods said.

Woods, 78, noted that he had only two opponents in his 25 years as a legislator serving parts of Marshall and DeSoto counties.

Woods was re-elected in November but suffered a stroke on Dec. 26.

He recovered from the stroke and served through the 122-day legislative session that ended in early May.

via In brief: Woods to retire from House July 30 » The Commercial Appeal.

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