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Simmons to head Senate County Affairs Committee

Mississippi Senate Minority Leader Derrick T. Simmons (D-Greenville) Friday, Jan. 12 was named Chairman of the Senate County Affairs Committee by Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann.

State Sen. Derrick Simmons

The County Affairs Committee handles legislation that affects how county supervisors can spend and allocate money across the state, and how they can proceed with certain projects that require legislative approval.

As a former chairman of the Senate Municipalities Committee, Sen. Simmons said he appreciates the significance of working with and supporting local leaders and local units of government.

“I look forward to working with supervisors in the Delta and across the state as we strengthen our cities and counties,” Sen. Simmons said. “Supporting the incredible work of our supervisors and counties is one of the most efficient and effective ways of ensuring safe communities, advancing infrastructure, improving public health, and promoting economic development.  I am excited about this opportunity to continue to serve.”

Simmons was also named Vice Chairman of the Constitution Committee, as well as a member of the Finance, Gaming, Judiciary A, Judiciary B, Municipalities, and Ports & Marine Resources committees.

Simmons, of Greenville, has served since 2011.

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