CATEGORY: Legislature



By Bobby Harrison

Daily Journal Jackson Bureau

JACKSON – Bill Miles of Fulton was sworn in Thursday as the state House member for District 21.

The House took a break from numerous bills it was considering Thursday for Miles’ swearing-in ceremony. House Speaker Tim Ford administered the oath. Miles’ wife, the former Pat Reed of Fulton, and other family members were on hand for the ceremony in the House chamber.

“I am very humbled by the dedication of the supporters of my campaign who endured the weather,” Miles said of the icy conditions that remained Tuesday when he won a runoff election. “In some places, people placed their personal safety at peril to go out and vote.”

Miles, 58, will replace Mike Mills, who resigned from the seat in November after being appointed to the state Supreme Court.

To win the seat, Miles defeated Philip Pearson, also of Fulton, in Tuesday’s runoff. Six candidates appeared on the ballot in the first voting on Jan. 23. In that first race, Miles had 1,396 votes – 975 more than Pearson. But Miles failed to gain a majority necessitating the runoff, which he won 1,329 to 646 in unofficial returns.

Miles, a Democrat, owns a public relations, advertising, printing business with offices in Tupelo and Amory. He is a former journalist and former owner of the Amory Advertiser newspaper.

Besides being sworn in and assigned a desk on the House floor Thursday, Miles also received his committee assignments. He was appointed to the Agriculture; Conservation and Water Resources; County Affairs; and Oil, Gas and Other Minerals committees.

Miles spent the rest of the day listening to debate on the House floor. But he said he does not plan to start voting until he becomes more familiar with the legislation.

Miles will have a great deal to catch up on. The Legislature has been in session since Jan. 2.

Miles will represent the people of a portion of Itawamba County, including Fulton, and of a portion of Monroe, including Aberdeen.

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