On Tuesday morning, Mississippi House District 120 Representative Richard Bennett (R-Long Beach, E Pass Christian) was reportedly appointed to chair the powerful Education Committee by Speaker Phillip Gunn (R-Madison).
Bennett had served as the chairman to the Gaming Committee for the past five years, while being selected by colleagues to lead the Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review (PEER) Committee earlier this year.
Local officials and fellow state legislators said that Bennett’s meeting with Gunn Tuesday morning solidified the appointment.
Although Gunn, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, and Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant have supported “school choice” in the past few years by trimming public school funds, Bennett doesn’t appear to hold similar feelings.Bennett was photographed by The Gazebo Gazette on December 12 for honoring the Long Beach School District with every school receiving an “A” grade in the district. He introduced Dr. Carey Wright, the Mississippi Department of Education Superintendent, who was traveling to the Coast for the “Celebration of Excellence” tour.
Since the Mississippi Legislature took no action on the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) last year, the debate will begin by Jan. 30 this year. All bills will be reported for floor action by either house.
Bennett is a member of the Foreign Trade Zone, Gulf Coast Council of Governments, Long Beach Drug Task Force, and Hazard Mitigation Council.
Bennett was born June 25, 1957 and is married to the former Tricia Clark. He is of the Catholic faith.