Senate Sergeant at Arms Ronnie Stewart Credit: Lt. Governors office

The Senate on Tuesday approved Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves’s recommendation of retired Mississippi highway patrolman Ronnie Stewart to become the new Sergeant at Arms.

The Sergeant at Arms manages the security of the Senate Chamber and committee rooms. Stewart replaces Rick Hux, who retired last year.

“Mr. Stewart has extensive experience in law enforcement at both the local and statewide levels, and I appreciate his willingness to serve,” Reeves said in a statement released by his office.

Senate President Pro Tem Terry Burton nominated Stewart, and his senator, Sen. Albert Butler, D-Port Gibson, seconded the nomination.

Previously, he served as the Drug Court Coordinator for the 22nd Circuit Court District, which includes Claiborne, Copiah and Jefferson counties. As a state trooper, Stewart worked as master sergeant of driver services for the Department of Public Safety, the statement from Reeves office said.

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