Miss. Senate president pro tem not seeking re-election

Published 11:32 pm Saturday, December 23, 2006

The second-highest officer in the Mississippi Senate says he won’t seek re-election in 2007.

Sen. Travis Little, R-Corinth, said Friday that he won’t run for the Senate or for any other office. Candidates’ qualifying deadline is March 1.

“I felt that I should announce my intentions now so that anyone who would like to seek this office could start making their plans,” Little said in a news release Friday.

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Little, 64, was first elected to the Senate in November 1991 and took office in January 1992. His district is in the northeast corner of the state and includes all of Alcorn County and parts of Tippah and Tishomingo counties.

Little has been Senate president pro tempore since January 2000 — a position chosen by a majority of his 51 colleagues in the chamber. In the position, he has been a top ally of Lt. Gov. Amy Tuck and has been one of the top budget writers.

Tuck is limited to two terms as lieutenant governor and can’t seek re-election in 2007. She announced this past summer that she would not seek any other office in 2007.

The Senate pro tem position typically changes hands when a new lieutenant governor comes into office.

Little was first elected as Democrat and switched to the Republican Party when he qualified for re-election in early 2003. His party jump came a few months after Tuck jumped from Democrat to Republican.

Little, who’s in the hotel management business, is a former president of the Alcorn County Board of Supervisors. He also served four years in the Air Force.