On Wednesday, Republican Speaker Philip Gunn and state GOP Chairman Joe Nosef said they were on the hunt for a Democratic House member to flip to Republican to give the GOP a supermajority of 74 seats, since they were one shy after Tuesday’s elections.
It didn’t take long. State Rep. Jody Steverson of Ripley on Thursday, two days after being re-elected as a Democrat, announced he was switching parties.
“I want to be a part of the progression of Mississippi,” Steverson, who did not respond to requests for an interview, said in a written statement. “I’ve always been conservative in my voting record concerning social issues like Second Amendment rights. My views line up closer with those of the Republican Party.”