1997 Regular Session

To: Rules

By: Senator(s) Robertson, Bean, Browning, Bryan, Canon, Carlton, Dearing, Dickerson, Farris, Ferris, Gollott, Gordon, Hall, Hamilton, Harvey, Hewes, Huggins, Johnson (38th), Johnson (19th), Jordan (18th), Kirby, Lee, Little, Mettetal, Minor, Moffatt, Nunnelee, Posey, Rayborn, Scoper, Smith, Stogner, Thames, Tollison, Turner, White (5th), White (29th), Woodfield, Burton

Senate Resolution 5


WHEREAS, Ellis Barkett Bodron began his lengthy and distinguished legislative service in 1948 when he took the oath as a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives; and

WHEREAS, the last roll call which he answered in the New Capitol was on Saturday, November 19, 1983, as a member of the Mississippi Senate on the closing day of the Second Extraordinary Session of that year; and

WHEREAS, during the years which intervened, he steadily progressed through what proved to be one of the most noteworthy of legislative careers, both in accomplishment and duration; and

WHEREAS, his intelligence and parliamentary skills led him to the forefront of those members with whom he served and prompted his appointment as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, a position in which he skillfully and assiduously guarded the fiscal integrity of Mississippi and in which he also became noted for his staunch protection of the Mississippi Public Employees' Retirement System; and

WHEREAS, during the 36 years in which he was a legislator, he was recognized by all as one of the most influential and knowledgeable members of either house; and

WHEREAS, throughout his long tenure in public service he always conducted himself in an exemplary manner, both professionally and personally; and

WHEREAS, he was also special among his colleagues for his penetrating wit which could be liberally, although justifiably, dispensed; and

WHEREAS, when he concluded his last term as a member of the Mississippi Senate, a body which had been graced with his eloquence since he first came over from the House of Representatives in 1952, he was lauded with a standing ovation by the members with whom he had served, and whom he had served, so well:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, That we once again, as was done that November day in 1983, express our respect and admiration for Ellis Barkett Bodron, a man who surely left this state better than he found it, and whose like we have not again seen in this chamber since his departure.