Updates On The Congressional Delegation
Some notes on the Missisisppi Congressional delegation:
** Last week we noted that Rep. Alan Nunnelee said he doesn’t “feel a need to insulate myself from my friends and neighbors” following the shooting of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
On Nunnelee’s schedule is a February 22 townhall at the Desoto County Courthouse in Hernando, which will be his first in the district since the shooting. The Commercial Appeal spoke with Sheriff Bill Rasco who said his department will be ready: “I have already met with Congressman Nunnelee’s people here in Desoto County, and we’re going to provide all the security for Congressman Nunnelee when he comes to Desoto County.”
** Rep. Steven Palazzo recently announced the opening of two district offices. The first offices will be in Hattiesburg and Gulfport. The office in Hattiesburg will be located on Main Street, while the Gulfport office is located on 25th Ave.
Palazzo also named Jamie Miller of Gulfport as deputy chief of staff. He will oversee operations in the district and be based out of the Gulfport office. Miller has served in a number of community development roles over the past decade.
** Rep. Gregg Harper was named chairman of the Subcommittee on Elections for the Committee on House Administration this week. Here is a statement from Harper on the appointment: “I am honored that Chairman Lungren has selected me to lead the Republican efforts for fair and principled elections. I am eager to work on legislation that will modernize the voting process, safeguard against election fraud, and protect Americans’ right to vote.”
This means that two of the three Republican members of the House delegation- a freshman and a sophomore- have been named to subcommittee chairmanships.
** Speaking of committees, Sen. Thad Cochran will once again serve as vice chairman of the Appropriations Committee. Here is a listing of the other Republicans who will serve with Cochran: Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Mark Kirk (Ill.), Dan Coats (Ind.), Roy Blunt (Mo.), Jerry Moran (Kan.), John Hoeven (N.D.), Ron Johnson (Wis.), Mitch McConnell (Ky.), Richard Shelby (Ala.), Kay Bailey Hutchison (Texas), Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Susan Collins (Maine), and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska).
Cochran issued this statement: “I think the new members will make great additions to the Committee, which faces tough challenges ahead. We will look to them to help the Committee make good decisions about how to do more with less.”