- Associated Press - Saturday, October 15, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi has a new state legislator.

Debra Hendricks Gibbs took the oath of office Friday to represent District 72 in the Mississippi House of Representatives.

Gibbs was elected Sept. 14 in a special election runoff. She will finish the term of Kimberly Campbell, who stepped down in May to become state director of the AARP.

The Kirsey Middle School choir began the swearing-in ceremony with patriotic tunes. Gibbs says she believes it’s important to share the occasion with young people of her district to inspire them to work hard and achieve great things.

Gibbs, an attorney, previously served on the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission. She also served as an educator and founding director of the Center for Professional Development in the School of Business at Jackson State University.

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