A seat has opened up in the Mississippi Senate as a longtime lawmaker has announced his resignation.
Senator Sampson Jackson II (D) has represented District 32 (Kemper, Lauderdale, Noxubee, Winston) since 1992, but told WTOK Thursday that he has decided to resign. The current chair of the Senate Forestry Committee did not give a specific reason for his resignation other than “now is the right time to retire”
In addition to his time in the Senate, Jackson is also member of C Phi C Social Fellowship Club, NAACP, Kemper County Political Black Caucus, Farm Bureau and the Mississippi Cattlemen’s Association.
Jackson has two and half years remaining in his term after he ran unopposed in 2019. Governor Tate Reeves will now set a special election to fill Jackson’s seat.