Speaker Pro Tempore keynotes JCJC’s summer graduation ceremony

Written By: Teresa McCreery
Email Address: teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2014-07-29 07:39:07

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College will hold summer commencement exercises Friday, August 1, at 10 a.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium. About 170 students are eligible for graduation with 115 students expected to participate in the commencement exercises. These students will leave Jones with either an Associate in Arts degree, Associate in Applied Science degree, or Vocational Certificate. 
The keynote speaker for the graduation ceremony will be Greg Snowden who is the Speaker Pro Tempore for the Mississippi House of Representatives. As the second highest-ranking officer of the House of Representatives, Snowden began his fourth consecutive term as a member of the Mississippi Legislature on January 3, 2012, having been re-elected with a solid majority vote in a three-way race with Democratic and Independent challengers.  He was a Republican that won over a two-term Democratic incumbent in 1999, and was re-elected in 2003, 2007 and 2011. Snowden serves District 83, which includes parts of both Lauderdale and Clarke counties, and portions of five municipalities: Meridian, Quitman, Marion, Stonewall and Enterprise.
Snowden’s duties as Speaker Pro Tempore include chairing the House Management Committee, which oversees all business, personnel and financial operations of the body. In addition, Snowden serves on the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, a joint committee of Representatives and Senators which prepares the state budget, and on the powerful House Rules Committee, which schedules and controls the flow of legislation.
Recognized nationally for his leadership, he serves on the Executive committees of both the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC). Snowden is the third in his family to have served Lauderdale County in the Mississippi Legislature with his great-great grandfather, William Burnice Snowden serving as a member of the House of Representatives in the 1870′s, and his great-uncle, Thomas Franklin Snowden who served three terms in the House in the 1940′s and ’50′s.
After two years of legal practice in Florida, Greg Snowden returned home to Meridian in 1981, where he has been a practicing attorney ever since. He was a delegate to the 1988 Republican National Convention, and an alternate delegate to the 2008 and 2012 Republican National Conventions.
Greg and Renee Snowden have two children, Emily Snowden Dabbs, of Marion, Mississippi, and Katie Snowden Crawford, of Birmingham, Alabama. The Snowdens are the proud grandparents of five grandchildren.   


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