Lt. Governor and Other Statewide Officals Sworn InBy Jeffrey Hess | Published 05 Jan 2012 06:41pm |
Mississippi now has a new Lt. Governor and, as MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports, he was among the 7 statewide elected officials who took their oath of office at the capitol in Jackson yesterday.
It was standing room only in the state house chamber as 7 of the Mississippi's 8 statewide elected officials raised their right hand and took the oath of office.
Three of the officials, including Lt. Governor Tate Reeves, are new to their jobs.
The Lt. Governor presides over the state senate and Reeves says much of his focus will be on reducing state spending.
"So we have to find ways to become more efficient in government. That is why I have created the new committee of Accountability, Efficiency and Transparence in Government, who will have the responsibility of doing that and the charge of doing so," Reeves said.
The elected official who will play a key role in keeping track of the government's cash is also new to her job, state treasurer Lynn Fitch.
Fitch says she is prepared to be the state's bookkeeper and hopes to use her office to improve financial literacy among children.
"I think that is a very important role that we need to look at. So that means getting kids into colleges through the MPACT program and the MAC saving program. Allowing them to go to school here, get jobs here, and be our work force to attract jobs here and grow our existing businesses," Fitch said.
The third new statewide official is former state senator and now Agriculture commissioner Cindy Hyde Smith.
Smith says she intends to spend the early part of her tenure getting more familiar with the office.
"And look at some different things going on such as naming rights for The Coliseum. A lot of the changes will come gradually. We want to get down there and really get a good grip on what is going on new and then implement some of the ideas we have," Smith said.
Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, Auditor Stacey Pickering and insurance commissioner Mike Chaney all took the oath to begin their second term.
Attorney General Jim Hood is starting his third term and is the only Democrat. The others are Republicans
The eighth statewide official, Governor-elect Phil Bryant, did not take the oath and will be sworn in Tuesday.
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