King rides transportation post re-election road alone


JACKSON — Only one of the three transportation commissioners is seeking re-election in Mississippi this year.

Southern District Commissioner Tom King of Hattiesburg filed qualifying papers as a candidate Tuesday.

This happened the same day that Northern District Commissioner Mike Tagert of Starkville announced he would not seek another four-year term. Central District Commissioner Dick Hall of Brandon said several days ago that he would not run.

All three are Republicans. Hall has been a commissioner since 1999, Tagert since 2011 and King since 2012.

King previously served as a state lawmaker since 1993, when he was elected to the House of Representatives where he remained until 1999. In 2000, he began his tenure in the Senate, where his leadership brokered many bills designed to better the lives of Mississippians. As Chairman of the Senate Highways and Transportation Committee, King authored Senate Bill 3181—the $300 million bond bill for highways and bridges. 

March 1 is candidates’ qualifying deadline for Mississippi offices. Primaries are in August.