Gunn appoints Madison man to state flag redesign commission

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A Madison man has been appointed by House Speaker Philip Gunn to the new Flag Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag. 

Gunn appointed TJ Taylor as one of his three appointments. 

 “TJ Taylor has been a member of my staff for five legislative sessions,” Gunn stated in a release Wednesday. “He is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and Mississippi College Law School. He has served as policy advisor, general counsel and currently serves as policy director for my office. He has been a key figure in the success of the effort to build support and ultimately pass legislation to change the state flag and ultimately form this commission. His passion for this issue and his calm demeanor will add much to the commission’s process while representing the voice of a younger generation of Mississippians.” 

Following passage of a bill earlier this month to retire the Mississippi flag, a nine-member commission will be appointed to finalize a design to present to voters in November. 

Gunn, Gov. Tate Reeves and Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann will each appoint three members to the committee. 

Gunn’s other two choices were Oxford Mayor Robyn Tannehill and Dr. Mary Graham, president of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

Hosemann also announced his selections Wednesday, choosing to put former Justice Reuben Anderson of Jackson, Mack Varner of Vicksburg, and Sherri Carr Bevis of Gulfport on the commission. 

As of Wednesday, Gov. Reeves had not announced his appointments. 


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