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February 17, 2020

From Your Capitol – February 17, 2020

The sixth week of the 2020 legislative session brings us to the first major legislative deadline, the last day for legislators to request bills written by […]
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February 9, 2020

From Your Capitol – February 9, 2020

It’s hard to believe that the Mississippi legislature has been in session for over a month. Now that members have been assigned to committee positions and […]
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February 3, 2020

From Your Capitol – February 3, 2020

During the fourth week of the 2020 legislative session activity is beginning to pick up as committees are getting organized. Each committee must meet and vote […]
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February 1, 2020

How to Join the Second Amendment Sanctuary Movement

Gun owners are demanding their local political officials backup their gun-rights campaign promises with action. If you want your county or city to become a Second […]
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January 26, 2020
Criswell speaks at second amendment rally

From Your Capitol – January 26, 2020

The third week of the 2020 legislative session was a busy week that began with a rally supporting our second amendment rights and solidarity with fellow […]
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January 19, 2020

From Your Capitol – January 19, 2020

Anti-Gun Legislation Introduced in Mississippi Senate The second week of the 2020 legislative session was full of ceremony and history. Sometimes I get frustrated and tired […]
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January 17, 2020

Criswell Receives Award for Conservative Excellence

The American Conservative Union is a long-standing defender of conservative values. Every year, they score legislation based on how it improves the lives of Mississippians by […]
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January 15, 2020

Tyranny in Virginia

Tyranny: a government in which absolute power is vested in a single ruler Virginia Democrats introduce a bundle of radical laws to limit 2A rights, militias, […]
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January 12, 2020

From Your Capitol – January 12, 2020

On Tuesday, January 7 the 2020 legislative session began. I was honored to be re-elected by the people of Olive Branch to represent them for another […]
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January 6, 2020

Second Amendment Sanctuary Resolution

  Several have asked to see a copy of the Second Amendment Sanctuary resolution that will be considered by the Desoto County Board of Supervisors and […]
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January 3, 2020

Why Join the Second Amendment Sanctuary Movement

In November, the nation watched in amazement and fear as Democrats flipped the Virginia State legislature from red to blue and a conservative governor in Kentucky […]
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August 24, 2019

Mississippi State Representatives Release Letter Opposing “Red Flag” Laws

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June 12, 2019

Dana Criswell Endorsed by the NRA

Today I am proud to announce that I have been endorsed by the National Rifle Association (NRA) for the primary election to the Mississippi House of […]
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April 9, 2019

From Your Capitol – 2019 Session Review

The 2019 legislative session ended on Friday, March 29. I’ve taken a couple of weeks to clear my mind of politics and to reflect on this […]
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March 24, 2019

From Your Capitol – Week of March 18, 2018

This was the eleventh week of the 2019 Legislative Session. Because it is late in the session, much of the week was spent deciding whether to […]
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March 16, 2019

From Your Capitol – Week of March 11, 2019

This was the tenth week of the 2019 Legislative Session. Wednesday of this week was the deadline for the House to discuss general Senate bills. Any […]
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March 11, 2019

Why I voted against a teacher pay raise.

Late today, Monday March 11 the Mississippi House of Representatives voted on a teacher pay raise bill. The bill had been sent to the House from […]
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March 10, 2019

From Your Capitol – Week of March 4, 2019

This past week was the ninth of the 2019 legislative session. The major deadline of the week was Tuesday, March 5 which was the Deadline for […]
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March 6, 2019

March 5 & 6, 2019

Today was one of those days that makes me wonder why I take the time away from my family to be here in Jackson. Politicians are […]
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March 2, 2019

From Your Capitol – Week of February 25, 2019

The end of this week marked the deadline for House appropriations and revenue bills to be introduced and passed. The House Appropriations Committee finished passing bills […]
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February 24, 2019

My votes for Week of February 18, 2019

Bill Number Bill Name My Vote HB1160 Bonds; authorize issuance for construction of the Mississippi Center for Medically Fragile Children. Nay HB1431 Tax exemptions; revise requirements […]
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February 23, 2019

From Your Capitol – Week of February 18, 2019

The Mississippi legislature slowed down this week once we passed the deadline for general House Bills. The House began working on House Appropriations Bills, which will […]
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February 22, 2019

Call to Action

Below is communication from a national hemp grower’s organization, Mississippi farmers need your help to bring this highly profitable crop to our state. Friends, As we […]
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February 16, 2019

From Your Capitol – Week of February 11, 2019

The House met as a whole throughout the week to discuss general bills that made it out of committee and onto the calendar. Thursday, Feb. 14 […]
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February 9, 2019

From Your Capitol – Week of February 4, 2019

This week was the busiest week so far in the legislative session. The deadline for committees to vote on bills assigned to them was Tuesday February […]
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February 3, 2019

From Your Capitol – Week of January 28, 2019

This past week was the end of the first month of the 2019 legislative session. This week was the busiest week for committees as the February […]
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January 26, 2019

From Your Capitol – Week of January 21, 2019

The Mississippi legislature entered its third week of the 2019 Legislative Session when it gavaled in on Monday afternoon. The deadline for introducing bills was Monday […]
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January 19, 2019

From Your Capitol – Week of January 14, 2019

This is the second week of the 2019 Legislative Session. Because it is early in the session, the committees are just starting to meet as bills […]
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January 19, 2019

Daily Journal – January 16, 2019

Yesterday the Mississippi House voted on the Rural Broadband Enabling Act. On the surface this sounds like a great idea because who could be against folks […]
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January 13, 2019

From Your Capitol – January 8, 2019

On Tuesday, January 8 the 2019 session of the Mississippi legislature began. This is a 90 day session and the last of my first term in […]
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December 16, 2018

I need your support to continue the fight for freedom

Dear Friend and Supporter, As a legislator in the Mississippi House of Representatives I have enjoyed being a part of moving our state into the future. […]
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December 10, 2018

Rep. Dana Criswell Announces Formation of Re-Election Campaign Committee

Today I announce my bid for re-election to the Mississippi House of Representatives, District 6. Serving the people of Olive Branch in the Mississippi legislature has […]
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August 26, 2018

Why I Oppose a State Lottery

On Thursday August 23rd Governor Bryant called the Mississippi legislature into special session to address funding repairs of Mississippi’s roads and bridges. This issue has been […]
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August 6, 2018

Medical Marijuana – For or Against?

Medical Marijuana is a subject that I never expected to consider. As a conservative person, both politically and in life I fully accepted the common thought […]
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June 5, 2018

2018 Legislative Session Recap from Rep. Joel Bomgar

I am sending you Rep. Joel Bomgar’s (Madison) most resent newsletter recapping this year’s legislative session. If you are not familiar with Rep. Bomgar I encourage […]
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April 3, 2018

Rep. Dana Criswell – From Your Capitol, Final Week

The 2018 Legislative sessions ended on Wednesday March, 28. The final stretch of the legislative session consist of final votes on appropriation bills and conference reports. […]
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March 20, 2018

Daily Journal

Here is a question for you, How much money do you think local governments should give away to private institutions and charities? By Mississippi law a […]
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March 18, 2018

Rep. Dana Criswell – From Your Capitol, Week of March 12, 2018

The Mississippi legislature adjourned for the week on Thursday, cutting another day from the session to save taxpayer dollars. This week, the House considered the remaining […]
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March 11, 2018

Rep. Dana Criswell – From Your Capitol, Week of March 5, 2018

The Mississippi House of Representatives adjourned for the week on Thursday March 8 in an effort to save taxpayers over $30,000 by not meeting on Friday. […]
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March 3, 2018

Rep. Dana Criswell – From Your Capitol, Week of February 26, 2018

The big deadline this week was Tuesday February 27. All bills from the senate had to be considered and passed by the House committee or the […]
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February 27, 2018

February 27, 2018

It’s a little before 6 am on Tuesday morning. I’ve been awake since about 5 reading through some bills that I believe will come up today. […]
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February 25, 2018

Rep. Dana Criswell – From Your Capitol, Week of February 19, 2018

It’s Sunday afternoon and I’m finally getting a chance to sit down and reflect on this past week’s events in the Mississippi House of Representatives. Friday […]
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February 20, 2018

February 20, 2018

It’s 6 am and I’m sitting in my RV getting ready for my day at the capitol. I’m often asked where I stay in Jackson during […]
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February 16, 2018

Rep. Dana Criswell – From Your Capitol, Week of February 12, 2018

This week marks the half way point for the 2018 Legislative session, and the beginning of the appropriations process. Each state agency has its own bill […]
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February 14, 2018

February 13, 2018

​Today I am beginning a daily journal of my life as a Mississippi state representative. Representing the people of District 6 which includes Olive Branch, is […]
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February 11, 2018

Rep. Dana Criswell – From Your Capitol, Week of February 5, 2018

The Mississippi House of Representatives spent much of this past week debating and voting on bills. Thursday, February 8 was the deadline for representatives to discuss […]
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February 8, 2018

Rep. Dana Criswell – Gun Owner’s Under Attack

Gun owners across the United States have become accustomed to having our rights and freedoms attacked. We are called dangerous, uncaring, and uncompromising, but we know […]
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February 5, 2018

Rep. Dana Criswell – From Your Capitol, Week of January 29, 2018

Its early Monday morning and I’m finally getting around to writing my weekly update. Some of you probably know that in my real life, not politics, […]
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January 28, 2018

Rep. Dana Criswell – From Your Capitol, Week of January 22, 2018

The Mississippi legislature was busy this week with committee meetings as we approach a deadline for Tuesday January 30 to have House Bills out of their […]
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January 25, 2018

Rep. Dana Criswell – Gun Rights Legislation

Today the Mississippi House of Representatives, Judiciary B Committee, passed HB1083 to clarify the rights of gun owners in Mississippi. History of MS Concealed Carry Law […]
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January 19, 2018

Rep. Dana Criswell – From Your Capitol, Week of January 15, 2018

The third week of the 2018 legislative session was an interesting week and cold weather was another major topic. Myself and about 20 other legislators stay […]
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January 13, 2018

Rep. Dana Criswell – From Your Capitol, Week of January 8, 2018

Good morning from the frozen tundra of north Mississippi. I know anyone living north of Tennessee thinks this is nothing, but for Mississippians this is crazy […]
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January 6, 2018

Rep. Dana Criswell, From Your Capitol – Week of January 2, 2018

Mississippi’s 2018 legislative session has begun, and as always it will be an interesting year. In just our first week we’ve seen a shuffle of committee […]
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January 1, 2018

From Your Capitol – The 2018 Session Begins Tomorrow!

The 2018 legislative session begins tomorrow and the weather is not cooperating. As I write this on New Year’s Day sitting in my hotel room in […]
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October 12, 2017

Developing Clear Principles and Values

This article first appeared on Mississippi Conservative Daily on October 10, 2017 Last week we discussed the importance of electing political leaders who put principle above […]
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October 8, 2017

Politicians, Principles, and Relationships

This article first appeared on Mississippi Conservative Daily on September 28, 2017 On January 5, 2016, I walked onto the floor of the Mississippi House of […]
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September 27, 2017

The Opioid Epidemic and Childhood Vaccinations

This article first appeared on Mississippi Conservative Daily on September 13, 2017 By Dana Criswell Today we are experiencing a crisis in the U.S. and especially […]
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September 10, 2017

Lessons of a Mississippi Freshman Legislator

(This article appeared on Mississippi Conservative Daily, September 6, 2017) On new years day 2015 my wife, Julie and I sat down and discussed the idea […]
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June 7, 2017

From Your Capitol – First Extraordinary Session 2017

The Mississippi Legislature convened on Monday, June 5, for a special session called by Governor Phil Bryant. The special session was necessary after appropriations for the […]
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March 24, 2017

From Your Capitol – Stopping Run-Away Taxes

Over the past two years a majority of the State Representatives from DeSoto County have taken a hard stand against the constant raising of taxes by […]
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March 19, 2017

From Your Capitol – Week of March 13

The deadline to consider revenue and appropriations bills that originated in the Senate occurred this week. Among other things, these bills detail how much money will […]
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March 12, 2017

From Your Capitol – Week of March 6

With only three weeks left in the 2017 legislative sessions the Mississippi House is reaching some of its final deadlines. Wednesday marked the deadline for the […]
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March 4, 2017

From Your Capitol – Week of February 27

This week the Mississippi House of Representatives met in committees to consider bills passed by the Senate. The bills approved by committees this week now await […]
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February 12, 2017

Why I Believe Citizens Should Have a Say on Taxes

This is a reprint of an article I wrote earlier this summer. I have received several emails from citizens of Southaven asking my opinion on extending […]
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February 5, 2017

From Your Capitol – Week of January 30

The final week of January was another extremely busy week at the Mississippi capitol. Tuesday January 31st was the deadline for committees to pass legislation assigned […]
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January 29, 2017

From Your Capitol – Week of January 23

As we move through the 2017 legislative session every week seems to get busier than the last. On Wednesday the 25th I decided to track the […]
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January 22, 2017

From Your Capitol – Week of January 16

The third week of the 2017 legislative session began Monday with a joint Education and Appropriations committee meeting, where the consulting group, EdBuild presented their recommendations […]
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January 14, 2017

From Your Capitol – Week of January 9

The second week of the 2017 Mississippi Legislature is complete and as always there are surprises in store for the citizens of Mississippi. As the session […]
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January 8, 2017

Rep. Dana Criswell – From the Capitol, Week One

The Mississippi Legislature convened at noon on January 3, 2017. This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Great State of Mississippi. Mississippi is a state […]
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January 6, 2017

Rep. Dana Criswell – Roads And Bridges, The Decision

With less than a week until Christmas I know I should be thinking of things other than the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) and roads and […]
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January 2, 2017

Mississippi Housing Authorities Deny Second Amendment Rights

It has come to my attention that public housing authorities in Mississippi are denying tenants their constitutional right to keep and bear arms. In 2014 Governor […]
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May 23, 2016

State Legislators Send Letter to State Board of Education

Last week the people of Mississippi were successful in their efforts to have Dr. Carey Wright, MS State Superintendent of Education, reverse her decision to follow […]
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May 17, 2016

Desoto County Representatives Speak Out on Dept. of Education Bathroom Policy Statement

Many of you are aware of the recent policy demand placed on public schools by the Obama Administration. In a letter to all state education departments […]
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April 16, 2016

Rep. Dana Criswell – At Your Capitol, Week of April 11

Its Saturday morning and I’m sitting at my desk on the House floor. This weekend, the last weekend of the 2016 session is conference weekend. Today […]
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April 9, 2016

Rep. Dana Criswell – At Your Capitol, Week of April 4

As the 2016 legislative sessions begins to wind down the House has sent several bills to Governor Bryant for his consideration and invited the Senate to […]
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April 2, 2016

Rep. Dana Criswell – At Your Capitol, Week of March 28

Every week seems to hold another deadline, by Wednesday, House members needed to address all general, non-revenue bills received from the Senate. If a Senate bill […]
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March 27, 2016

Rep. Dana Criswell – At Your Capitol, Week of March 21

This past week was another busy week at the capitol. Looming deadlines seem to propel the House into action and this weeks deadline was for committees […]
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March 20, 2016

Rep. Dana Criswell – At Your Capitol, Week of March 14

This week the House faced the deadline for floor action on Appropriation and Revenue bills originating in the House. Which means we spent millions of YOUR […]
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March 20, 2016

Rep. Dana Criswell – At Your Capitol, Week of March 7

This week, members of the House turned their focus toward budget matters, with both the Appropriations and Ways and Means committees very active. The Appropriations committee […]
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March 12, 2016

Rep. Dana Criswell – At Your Capitol, Week of February 29

This week at your capitol was very different than the previous week. Speaker Gunn and the Black Democrat Caucus had worked out a compromise and we […]
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February 27, 2016

Representative Dana Criswell – At Your Capitol, Week of February 22

  The last week of February was a very interesting week in Jackson. We began the week with a flurry of committee meetings and ended with […]
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February 20, 2016

Representative Dana Criswell – At Your Capitol, week of February 15

Just when I thought things at the capitol couldn’t get any busier we hit the deadline for submission of general bills and the committees began meeting. […]
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February 14, 2016

Representative Dana Criswell – Week of February 8 at Your Capitol

Last week was another busy week in Jackson, MS. Monday marked the last day for general bills to be submitted by representatives, and 2016 is a […]
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February 6, 2016

Representative Dana Criswell – Another Week at Your Capitol

Today marks one month since I was first took the oath of office to represent the people of Olive Branch in their state government. As usual […]
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January 30, 2016

Week Four at Your Capitol

As January comes to a close the Mississippi legislature completes the fourth week of its 2016 session. The first year after an election always begins at […]
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January 29, 2016

REPRESENTATIVE DANA CRISWELL NAMED VICE-CHAIRMAN OF CONSTITUTION COMMITTEE

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January 22, 2016

Week Three at Your Capitol

This was a busy week in your state government. On Tuesday your capitol was visited by citizens who support our state flag and I dropped my […]
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January 16, 2016

Week 2 Completed in the Mississippi House of Representatives

This week in the Mississippi House of Representatives, I attended Governor Phil Bryant’s inaugural speech, voted on several resolutions and attended hearings on the contested House […]
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January 9, 2016

First Week of 2016 Legislative Session

I completed my first week as a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives. On Tuesday January 5th I was very proud to have my family […]
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