Mississippi House of Representatives

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Mississippi House of Representatives
Mississippi Legislature
Seal of Mississippi 2014.svg
Term limits
New session started
January 2, 2024
Jason White (R)
since January 2, 2024
Speaker pro tempore
Manly Barton (R)
since January 2, 2024
Minority Leader
Robert Johnson III (D)
since January 7, 2020
MS Legislature 2024 Apportionment.svg
Political groups
  •   Republican (79)
  •   Democratic (41)
  •   Independent (2)
Length of term
4 years
AuthorityArticle IV, Mississippi Constitution
Salary$10,000/year + per diem
Last election
November 7, 2023
(122 seats)
Next election
November 2, 2027
(122 seats)
RedistrictingLegislative Control
Meeting place
Mississippi State Capitol building in Jackson.jpg
House of Representatives Chamber
Mississippi State Capitol
Jackson, Mississippi
Mississippi State Legislature

The Mississippi House of Representatives is the lower house of the Mississippi Legislature, the lawmaking body of the U.S. state of Mississippi. According to the state constitution of 1890, it is to comprise no more than 122 members elected for four-year terms. To qualify as a member of the House candidates must be at least 21 years old, a resident of Mississippi for at least four years, and a resident in the district for at least two years. Elections are held the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.


Membership, qualifications, and apportionment

Article 4, Section 36 of the Mississippi Constitution specifies that the state legislature must meet for 125 days every four years and 90 days in other years. The Mississippi House of Representatives has the authority to determine rules of its own proceedings, punish its members for disorderly behavior, and expel a member with a two-thirds vote of its membership. [1] Bills must undergo three readings in each house, unless two-thirds of the house dispenses with the rules. [1] They cannot be amended to a new purpose. [1] Amendments to bills must be approved by both houses. [1]

The governor has the power to veto legislation, but legislators can override the veto with a two-thirds decision. [1] From 1890 to 2020, State representatives were authorized under the Mississippi Constitution to elect the Governor of Mississippi if no candidate had received 62 of the 122 electoral votes (one per district) and more than 50% of the popular vote. This occurred only once, in 1999, when Ronnie Musgrove had the most votes statewide, but was one electoral vote and 2936 votes (0.38%) shy of a majority: Musgrove was elected on the first ballot. [2]


State representatives earn $23,500 per year. [3]

Current composition

The following composition reflects the balance of power after the 2023 elections. Republicans secured a majority for the fourth time since 2011, the first year when Republicans won the majority of seats in the State House since 1870. [4] [5] The 2023 elections were marked by new leadership, as the past speaker Phillip Gunn retired, allowing his chief lieutenant, then-Speaker Pro Tempore Jason White to become the new speaker. [5] The 2023 elections saw the seating of 25 new members. [5]

State representatives are elected every four years by the qualified electors of the district for which they are running. [6] Candidates are required to be at least 21 years of age and a resident of the state and district for which they are campaigning. [7]

(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Democratic Republican Independent Vacant
End of previous legislature (2023)407631193
Start of current legislature (2024)417921220
Latest voting share

List of members

DistrictRepresentativePartyAssumed OfficeResidenceNotes
1 Lester Carpenter Republican2008 Burnsville
2 Brad Mattox Republican2024 Corinth
3 William Tracy Arnold Republican2012 Booneville
4 Jody Steverson Republican2012 Ripley
5 John Faulkner Democratic2014 Holly Springs
6 Justin Keen Republican2024 Byhalia
7 Kimberly Remak Republican2024 Olive Branch
8 Trey Lamar Republican2012 Senatobia
9 Cedric Burnett Democratic2016 Tunica
10 Josh Hawkins Republican2024 Batesville
11 Lataisha Jackson Democratic2013 Como
12 Clay Deweese Republican2020 Oxford
13 Steve Massengill Republican2012 Hickory Flat
14 Sam Creekmore IV Republican2020 New Albany
15 Beth Luther Waldo Republican2024 Pontotoc
16 Rickey W. Thompson Democratic2020 Shannon
17 Shane Aguirre Republican2016 Tupelo
18 Jerry Turner Republican2004 Baldwyn
19 Randy Boyd Republican2012 Mantachie
20 Rodney Hall Republican2024 Southaven
21 Donnie Bell Republican2008 Fulton
22 Jon Ray Lancaster Republican2020 Houston
23 Andrew Stepp Republican2024 Bruce
24 Jeff Hale Republican2016 Nesbit
25 Dan Eubanks Republican2016 Walls
26 Orlando Paden Democratic2016 Clarksdale
27 Kenji Holloway Democratic2024 Carthage
28 Doc Harris Republican2024 Hernando
29 Robert L. Sanders Democratic2021 Cleveland
30 Tracey Rosebud Democratic2018 Tutwiler
31 Otis Anthony Democratic2019 Indianola
32 Solomon Osborne Democratic2019 Greenwood
33 Jim Estrada Republican2024 Saucier
34 Kevin Horan Republican2012 Grenada
35 Joey Hood Republican2012 Ackerman
36 Karl Gibbs Democratic2013 West Point
37 Andy Boyd Republican2023 Columbus
38 Cheikh Taylor Democratic2018 Starkville
39 Dana McLean Republican2020 Columbus
40 Hester Jackson-McCray Democratic2020 Horn Lake
41 Kabir Karriem Democratic2016 Columbus
42 Carl Mickens Democratic2016 Brooksville
43 Rob Roberson Republican2016 Starkville
44 C. Scott Bounds Republican2004 Philadelphia
45 Keith Jackson Democratic2024 Preston
46 Karl Oliver Republican2016 Winona
47 Bryant Clark Democratic2004 Pickens
48 Jason White Republican2012 West Speaker of the House
49 Willie Bailey Democratic1995 Greenville
50 John Hines Democratic2001 Greenville
51 Timaka James-Jones Democratic2024 Mississippi
52 Bill Kinkade Republican2013 Byhalia
53 Vince Mangold Republican2016 Brookhaven
54 Kevin Ford Republican2018 Vicksburg
55 Oscar Denton Democratic2014 Vicksburg
56 Clay Mansell Republican2024 Clinton
57 Lawrence Blackmon Democratic2024 Canton
58 Jonathan McMillan Republican2024 Madison
59 Brent Powell Republican2013 Brandon
60 Fred Shanks Republican2018 Brandon
61 Gene Newman Republican2020 Pearl
62 Lance Varner Republican2024 Florence
63 Stephanie Foster Democratic2020 Jackson
64 Shanda Yates Independent2020 Jackson
65 Chris Bell Democratic2016 Jackson
66 Fabian Nelson Democratic2024 Byram
67 Earle S. Banks Democratic1993 Jackson
68 Zakiya Summers Democratic2020 Jackson
69 Tamarra Butler-Washington Democratic2024 Jackson
70 Bo Brown Democratic2020 Jackson
71 Ronnie Crudup Jr. Democratic2019 Jackson
72 Justis Gibbs Democratic2024 Jackson
73 Jill Ford Republican2020 Madison
74 Lee Yancey Republican2020 Brandon
75 Celeste Hurst Republican2024 Sandhill
76 Gregory Holloway Sr. Democratic2000 Hazlehurst
77 Price Wallace Republican2018 Mendenhall
78 Randy Rushing Republican2012 Decatur
79 Mark Tullos Republican2016 Raleigh
80 Omeria Scott Democratic1993 Laurel
81 Stephen Horne Republican2004 Meridian
82 Charles Young Democratic2012 Meridian
83 Billy Adam Calvert Republican2020 Meridian
84 Troy Smith Republican2020 Enterprise
85 Jeffery Harness Democratic2019 Fayette
86 Shane Barnett Republican2016 Waynesboro
87 Joseph Tubb Republican2021 Purvis
88 Charles Blackwell Republican2024 Ellisville
89 Donnie Scoggin Republican2017 Ellisville
90 Noah Sanford Republican2016 Collins
91 Bob Evans Democratic2008 Monticello
92 Becky Currie Republican2008 Brookhaven
93 Timmy Ladner Republican2012 Poplarville
94 Robert Johnson III Democratic2004 Natchez Minority leader
95 Jay McKnight Republican2020 Gulfport
96 Angela Cockerham Independent2005 Magnolia
97 Sam Mims V Republican2004 McComb
98 Daryl Porter Jr. Democratic2020 Summit
99 Bill Pigott Republican2008 Tylertown
100 Ken Morgan Republican2007 Morgantown
101 Kent McCarty Republican2019 Hattiesburg
102 Missy McGee Republican2017 Hattiesburg
103 Percy Watson Democratic1980 Hattiesburg
104 Larry Byrd Republican2008 Petal
105 Elliot Burch Republican2024 Lucedale
106 Jansen Owen Republican2020 Poplarville
107 Steve Lott Republican2024 Lucedale
108 Stacey Hobgood-Wilkes Republican2017 Picayune
109 Manly Barton Republican2012 Moss Point Speaker pro tempore
110 Jeramey Anderson Democratic2014 Escatawpa
111 Jimmy Fondren Republican2024 Pascagoula
112 John Read Republican1993 Gautier
113 Henry Zuber III Republican2000 Ocean Springs
114 Jeffrey S. Guice Republican2008 Ocean Springs
115 Zachary Grady Republican2024 D'Iberville
116 Casey Eure Republican2011 Saucier
117 Kevin Felsher Republican2020 Biloxi
118 Greg Haney Republican2012 Gulfport
119 Jeffrey Hulum III Democratic2022 Gulfport
120 Richard Bennett Republican2008 Long Beach
121 Carolyn Crawford Republican2012 Pass Christian
122 Brent Anderson Republican2020 Bay St. Louis

List of speakers

The House has elected a speaker 62 times since 1817: [8] [lower-alpha 1]

Name County/DistrictTerm of service
1 Blank.gif Thomas Barnes Claiborne1817–1819
2 Blank.gif Edward Turner Adam1819–1821
3 Blank.gif Beverly R. Grayson Adams1821–1822
4 Gerard Chittocque Brandon.jpg Gerard C. Brandon Wilkinson1822–1823
5 CowlesMeadPortrait.png Cowles Mead Jefferson1823–1827
6 Blank.gif I. R. Nicholson Copiah1827–1829
7 Blank.gif C. B. Greene Adams1829–1830
8 Blank.gif William L. Sharkey Warren1830–1831
9 Blank.gif Joseph Dunbar Jefferson1831–1832
10 Blank.gif M. F. Degrafenreid Wilkinson1832–1833
11 Blank.gif David Pembel Adams1833–1834
12 Adam Lewis Bingaman.jpg A. L. Bingaman Adams1834–1836
13 Blank.gif John Irvin Carroll1836–1837
14 Blank.gif William Vannerson Lawrence1837–1838
15 Blank.gif J. W. King Rankin1838–1840
16 JSpeight2.jpg Jesse Speight Lowndes1840–1841
17 James Alexander Ventress.png James A. Ventress Wilkinson1841–1842
18 Blank.gif Robert W. Roberts Scott1842–1844
19 Blank.gif J. L. Totten Marshall1844–1846
20 James whitfield Gov.jpg James Whitfield Lowndes1846–1848
21 John J. McRae portrait..jpg John J. McRae Clarke1848–1852
22 Blank.gif William S. Patton Lauderdale1852–1854
23 Blank.gif Hiram Cassedy Franklin1854–1856
24 William S. Barry.png William S. Barry Lowndes1856–1858
25 James Lockhart Autry.jpg James L. Autry Marshall1858–1859
26 Josiah Abigail Patterson Campbell.jpg J. A. P. Campbell Attala1859–1861
27 Blank.gif William A. Lake Warren1861–1862
28 Blank.gif J. P. Scales Carroll1862–1863
29 Blank.gif Lock E. Houston Monroe1863–1865
30 Samuel J. Gholson.jpg Samuel J. Gholson Monroe1865–1866
31 Blank.gif F. E. Franklin Yazoo1870 (died during his term as speaker)
32 Henry Waterman Warren 1914 (cropped).png Henry Waterman Warren Leake1871–1872
33 John R. Lynch.jpg John R. Lynch Adams1872–1873
34 H M Street.jpg Hugh M. Street Prentiss1873–1874
35 Isaac D. Shadd, publisher, legislator, abolitionist.png Isaac D. Shadd Warren1874–1876
36 H M Street.jpg Hugh M. Street Prentiss1876–1878
37 W A Percy.jpg William A. Percy Washington1878–1880
38 Benjamin F. Johns.png Benjamin F. Johns Amite1880–1882
39 W H H Tison.png W. H. H. Tison Lee 1882
40 W M Inge.png William M. Inge Alcorn1884–1886
41 Portrait of Gen. Jacob Hunter Sharp.jpg Jacob H. Sharp Lowndes1886–1888
42 C B Mitchell.png Charles B. Mitchell Pontotoc1888–1890
43 Blank.gif James S. Madison Noxubee1890–1892
44 H M Street.jpg Hugh M. Street Lauderdale1892–1894
45 James Kimble Vardaman.jpg J. K. Vardaman Leflore1894–1896
46 James McCool.jpg James F. McCool Attala1896–1900
47 Blank.gif A. J. Russell Lauderdale1900–1902
48 Emmet Thomas.jpg Emmet Thomas Washington1904–1908
49 H M Street.jpg Hugh M. Street Lauderdale1908–1912
50 Hillrie Quin.jpg Hillrie M. Quin Hinds1912–1916
51 Governor Martin S. Conner, Jan. 19, 1932 to Jan. 21, 1936 (14123298914).jpg Mike Conner Covington1916–1924
52 Governor Thomas L. Bailey, Jan. 18, 1944 to Nov. 2, 1946 (13936315729).jpg Thomas L. Bailey 1924–1936
53 Horace Stansel.jpg Horace Stansel Sunflower1936–1936
54 Fielding L. Wright, 1948.jpg Fielding L. Wright 1936–1940
55 Sam Lumpkin.jpg Samuel Lumpkin Lee1940–1944
56 Walter Sillers.jpg Walter Sillers Jr. Bolivar1944–1966
57 Speaker Junkin.jpg John R. Junkin Adams1966–1976
58 Buddie Newman.jpg Buddie Newman 1976–1988
59 Timothy Alan Ford.png Tim Ford 181988–2004
60 House Speaker Billy McCoy.jpg William J. McCoy 32004–2012
61 Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn - 2019 (cropped).jpg Philip Gunn 562012–2024
62 Jason White.png Jason White 482024–Present

Past composition of the House of Representatives

See also


  1. It is 62 speakers with the most recent election of Jason White.

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