Ways and Means Committee, Mississippi House of Representatives

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The Ways and Means Committee is a standing committee of the Mississippi House of Representatives. Per Rule 60 of the House Rules, the committee is made up of 33 members.[1]

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Per Rule 60(4) of the House Rules, committees of the Mississippi House of Representatives are appointed by the Speaker of the House.[2] After the adoption of House Rules, committees are appointed according to legislators' preferences as well as seniority, abilities and geographic location.[3] Representatives are to submit a list of at least 10 committee preferences by 5 p.m. on the third calendar day of the legislative session following an election. A legislator who has served in the House less than four years in his or her lifetime is guaranteed two of his or her top seven preferences unless appointed to the Appropriations or Ways and Means Commitees; one who has served for four or more years in his or her lifetime is guaranteed three of his or her first seven choices unless appointed to the Appropriations or Ways and Means Committees.[2] Representatives are barred from serving on both the Appropriations and Ways and Means Committees, and may serve on at least four standing committees.[4] The first person appointed to a committee is to serve as the chair, with the second serving as vice chair. A representative appointed to serve as chair or vice chair of a committee is barred from serving in either position on another committee.[5] The Speaker and Speaker Pro Tempore serve on the Rules and Management Committees ex officio.[6]

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2015 legislative session

The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2015 legislative session.

Ways and Means Members, 2015
Democratic members (14)Republican members (22)
Edward Blackmon, Jr.Jeffrey Smith, Chair
Credell CalhounRay Rogers, Vice Chair
Sherra LaneBrian Aldridge
Tyrone EllisMark Baker
James EvansChris Brown
Steve HollandGary Chism
Kevin HoranDennis DeBar
Esther HarrisonMark Formby
Bennett MaloneAndy Gipson
Bobby MoakEugene Forrest Hamilton
Thomas Reynolds, IIStephen Horne
Omeria ScottTrey Lamar
Ferr SmithHank Lott
Johnny StringerSteve Massengill
Brad Mayo
Rita Martinson
Alex Monsour
Ken Morgan
Randall Patterson
Tom Weathersby
Jason White
Henry Zuber, III


Democratic Party Democrats (13)

Republican Party Republicans (20)


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