McCarty named to House committees


Last week Speaker Philip Gunn assigned Rep. Kent McCarty (R-Hattiesburg) to various committees in the Mississippi House of Representatives.

Gunn appointed McCarty to serve on the House Education, Universities and Colleges, Conservation, Medicaid and Banking committees.

 “As a small business owner, Rep. McCarty is well-equipped to handle the issues discussed in these committees,” Gunn said. “His energy will serve him well. I look forward to working with him.”

 McCarty was sworn in April 8, after winning a special election in a field of four others to fill the seat of Brad Touchstone, who resigned to become a Lamar County Court judge. McCarty must run against the same candidates again in August.

McCarty is a graduate of the University of Mississippi and owns Java Moe’s, a local coffee shop with four locations in the Pine Belt area.

 “I would like to thank Speaker Gunn for his confidence in me,” McCarty said. “I am going to bring the same energy and passion I bring to my business to my role as a legislator and as a member of these committees. I’m excited to get to work for the people of District 101.”