Barbour to speak to lawmakers

By The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Gov. Haley Barbour will make what is expected to be his final speech as governor to Mississippi lawmakers Wednesday.

Barbour will address a joint session of the House and Senate at 11 a.m. in the House chamber at the state Capitol.

The 64-year-old Republican leaves office when his second term ends at noon on Jan. 10. He will be succeeded by Republican Phil Bryant.

Barbour plans to travel as a paid speaker and work for BGR, the Washington lobbying firm he helped found two decades ago.

Barbour says he plans to write a book on responding to natural disasters.

Barbour chaired the Republican National Committee in the mid-1990s and has raised millions for GOP candidates across the United States since then.