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Republican Rep. Mathis sworn in to serve final 8 months of term started by Democrat Malone

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JACKSON, Mississippi — The Mississippi House is back up to its full membership of 122 people.

Republican Rep. Jay Mathis of Carthage was sworn in Wednesday during a small ceremony at the Capitol.

Mathis is a 44-year-old businessman and was the only person who signed up to run after the resignation of longtime Democratic Rep. Bennett Malone of Carthage.

State elections officials declared Mathis the winner in District 45, which includes parts of Leake, Neshoba, Rankin and Scott counties in central Mississippi.

Mathis will serve the final eight months of a four-year term, and he is not seeking a full term in November.

He will get to vote at the Capitol only if Gov. Phil Bryant calls a special session before January.

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