Former Lincoln County lawmaker inducted into gaming hall of fame

Published 2:02 pm Wednesday, July 12, 2023

A former state lawmaker from Lincoln County was inducted into the Mississippi Gaming Hall of Fame in June.

Bobby Moak was honored as an Industry Regulatory/Government Official. He led the passage of HB45 following Hurricane Katrina, allowing casinos to build on land within 800 feet.

Larry Gregory, executive director of the Mississippi Gaming and Hospitality Association (MGHA), said, “The Hall of Fame will continue its legacy by recognizing industry leaders who exemplify personal and professional qualities through this award. Their legacy is Mississippi’s success.”

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Other inductees included:

Chevis Swetman — Industry Pioneer

President of The Peoples Bank, who helped the gaming industry get off the ground in the early ’90s and stay afloat following Hurricane Katrina, the 2008 Great Recession, and the 2010 BP Oil Spill.

Engelstad Family Foundation — Industry Influencer

Former owners of the IP Casino Resort Spa, who contributed millions of dollars to the community in the years following Hurricane Katrina.

Haley Barbour — Industry Regulatory/Government Official

Former Governor Barbour supported the gaming industry during its recovery after Hurricane Katrina.