Republican Giles Ward of Louisville is in line to become the second-highest leader of the Mississippi Senate.

Ward has a majority of votes in the 52-member chamber to become president pro tempore, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves’ spokeswoman Laura Hipp told The Associated Press on Saturday.

“Giles has the respect of his colleagues in the Senate because they know he has the true heart of a public servant,” Reeves said in a statement. “Giles is passionate about creating smart agriculture and forestry policies, protecting Mississippians’ Second Amendment rights and creating good-paying jobs across this state.”

Ward is expected to be elected by his Senate colleagues soon after the legislative session begins Tuesday.

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