Hopson to lead Senate Judiciary A Committee

Published 7:34 pm Friday, January 12, 2018

State Sen. Briggs Hopson III, R-Vicksburg, is returning to familiar territory as chairman of the Senate Judiciary A Committee, a position he held from 2012 to 2016.

The appointment was made Thursday by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves.

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“This is my second tour of duty,” he said.

Judiciary A, Hopson said, involves most of the state’s civil laws and major felony crimes. “It’s a pretty encompassing committee; it’s a lot of things dealing with legal matters, professional matters, judicial matters,” he said.

“I hope I did a good job (his first term), and I hope the lieutenant governor has confidence in me that I can run the committee well,” he said.

Hopson said he will start reviewing bills referred to Judiciary A over the next week to determine which issues should be brought to the committee for a vote.

A Vicksburg attorney, Hopson was first elected to the state Senate in 2008. Besides the Judiciary A, he is a member of the Judiciary B, Public Health and Welfare, Tourism and Universities and Colleges committees.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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