Here is a recap of a few highlights from this week in my role as State Senator from District 52, as well as updates from our Congressional Campaign. Fulfilling my duties as State Senator will be a top priority for me during this campaign. After all, I took an oath to honorably serve my constituents and the Constitution.
“We are Americans first, Americans last, Americans always. Let us argue our differences. But remember we are not enemies, but comrades in a war against a real enemy, and take courage from the knowledge that our military superiority is matched only by the superiority of our ideals, and our unconquerable love for them.”
– John McCain
Heated Debate About Government Overreach and Vaccine Mandate
This past Wednesday in the Senate chamber, I stood up and proudly spoke in support of House Bill 1509, which prohibits discrimination based on Covid vaccination status. Ingalls, our state’s largest employer, and its employees, were unnecessarily affected by the overreach from the Biden administration. As I told my colleagues, my family and I are vaccinated, we made that choice, but we have to understand that more government is not always the answer. Click HERE to watch the Senate session from Wednesday. You can hear my remarks at the 5:29:39 minute mark.
Rising Gas Prices and Biden’s Failed Administration
Gas prices officially hit an all-time high this past Thursday. Combine this with rising inflation and D.C. continues to ignore the issues of us everyday Americans. As Congressman, I will put together the best team to take immediate action to address these “pocket book issues.”
Click HERE to read the full article from the Sun Herald about Mississippi shattering the gas price record.
Tuesday was International Women’s Day
This past Tuesday was International Women’s Day! I posted this picture of my family on social media to give a shout out to these lovely ladies that I am blessed to call my family. I don’t know where I would be without them and am thankful for their guidance on this journey to be your Congressman. There are many fantastic women helping out with our campaign and I am grateful for their tireless efforts.
Meeting with Friends from Children’s Advocacy Centers
As a prosecutor, I put sex offenders in jail. I have fought to protect children and even authored and passed the “Lonnie Smith Act” which strengthened Mississippi’s child abuse laws and “Katie’s Law” allowing for DNA collection after violent felony arrests. Children’s Advocacy Centers of Mississippi conducted many of the forensic interviews I have used in my prosecutions. I am grateful for their dedication to protecting and providing healing and prosecution services to abused and neglected children. I will continue to bring this same advocacy for our children to D.C. if elected to be your Congressman.
First Responders Bill Passage
I am proud to be Senate Chairman of the First Responders Caucus, which was formed this year to increase dialogue between members of the legislature to address the most pressing first responder issues. This legislation is exactly the type of good we can do for those who make sacrifices for us every day. House Bill 779 ensures that death benefits are provided to families of first responders who pass away due to contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty. It was passed unanimously by the House and the Senate, and on Friday Governor Tate Reeves announced his signing of this bill. As Congressman, first responders will always come first for me.
Click HERE to read the WLBT article for more details.
Met With Miss George County Hospitality
It was a cold Saturday, but worth it! As always, Good Ole Days Festival in Lucedale was a blast. The highlight was meeting Miss George County Hospitality! America speaks through George Countians!
Crawfish Boil with South MS Homebuilders
It was great being with my longtime friends on Friday, the Coast Chapter of the Mississippi Home Builders Association. I appreciate all they do for the economy of our state.
Attended Grace’s Distinguished Young Women’s Program
It was a great reason for the whole family to be back together, to celebrate our wonderful daughter Grace being a Distinguished Young Woman! She is an essay winner and her singing was out of this world! Landon even made it in from Ole Miss to support his sister. What wonderful talent, poise and charisma by all ladies.
Continue work on teacher pay raise
Continue work on tax cut
Conference work begins out differences between House and Senate on legislation.