Newly-elected GOP representatives caucused Monday at Brandon's City Hall to choose a candidate for the post. Republicans have pledged to unite behind their choice to prevent Democrats from having a voice in choosing the House's leader when the Legislature convenes Jan. 3.
Announced GOP candidates for the speaker's post also include Mark Fornby, of Picayune; Herb Frierson, of Poplarville; John Moore, of Brandon; and Jeff Smith, of Columbus.
Republican leaders expect to have at least 64 GOP members in the House. Of those, 60 convened at Monday's meeting behind closed doors.