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Barrett, Williams sworn in as new Mississippi Senators

The Mississippi Senate gained two new legislators Wednesday morning.

Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann swore in Sen. Jason Barrett of Brookhaven and Sen. Bart Williams, with family and staff as witnesses in the Senate chamber.

“The collective intellect has always been something I have valued in our office, and these new Senators bring fresh perspectives to the significant work we have ahead of us,” Hosemann said. “Their shared experiences as small business owners, in particular, will be important as we help Mississippi and our fellow citizens recover from the pandemic’s economic toll. We thank them for their willingness to serve.”

Barrett represents Senate District 39, which comprises Copiah, Lawrence, Lincoln and Walthall counties. An attorney from Brookhaven, Barrett fills the unexpired term of former Sen. Sally Doty. Prior to opening his law office, Barrett served as a high school history and geography teacher. He is married to the former Brandi Edwards of Monticello, and has two children, Emme and John Henry.

Williams, owner of Security Solutions & Communications Inc., in Starkville, fills the unexpired term of former Sen. Gary Jackson. He also co-owns Gunco LLC, a local store for outdoor enthusiasts and a range.  Williams represents Senate District 15, made up of Choctaw, Montgomery, Oktibbeha and Webster counties. He is married to the former Cynthia Jackson, and has two children, Gracieann and Emily.

Both Barrett and Williams, Republicans, were elected in Special Election runoffs on Oct. 13.