GOP insider leads transition for Mississippi governor-elect


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JACKSON, Miss.  — A former Mississippi Republican Party chairman will lead the transition team for Gov.-elect Tate Reeves.

The Reeves campaign said Thursday that Brad White will do the job.

White is stepping down as chief of staff for Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith.

Reeves was elected Tuesday and will take office Jan. 14, succeeding Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, who was limited to two terms.

As governor, Reeves will hire people to lead several state government agencies, including a new director of the state Department of Finance and Administration. The current DFA leader is taking a job at Mississippi College.

White was state GOP chairman from 2008 to 2011. He later became chief of staff for then-U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, and he went to work for Hyde-Smith after Cochran retired and she succeed him.

After White as Hyde-Smith’s chief of staff will be Doug Davis, another longtime Republican insider. Davis served in the state Senate from DeSoto County from 2004 to 2011. He was Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann’s chief of staff from 2013 to 2018 and then became a senior adviser for Hyde-Smith.

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