Bryant To Name New Appropriations Chair Today
In addition to the Senate opening and the ensuing special election caused by Alan Nunnelee winning the First District Congressional seat two weeks ago, there is also now an opening on the powerful Appropriations Committee in the Senate.
Today, Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant will announce the new holder of that post. Although his office would not comment, all signs point toward Sen. Doug Davis (R-Hernando) taking over as chairman. Davis is currently vice chairman so he is essentially moving up the ladder. Of course by doing this it then opens up the vice chairman role he currently occupies.
Bryant is going to make a total of four appointments today. And he is traveling to Hernando (Davis’ hometown) to do so, rather than the more traditional practice of doing it at the state capitol in Jackson.
Later today, we will see the Memphis suburb continue to expand its influence in Jackson even before they get a number of seats added through reapportionment some time next year. Traditionally, the suburbs have taken a while to gain power. Rankin county is now essentially a powerhouse with a number of statewide office holders calling it home. Desoto was hurt by the divide from the 2008 Greg Davis-Travis Childers election (and the perceived inability for someone from there to win rural voters), but over the next ten years look for Desoto to grow and the power to continue to shift from rural areas to the suburbs.