On Tuesday, West Point Democrat (House District 36) David Gibbs had a hand-written note delivered to Mississippi House Speaker Phillip Gunn explaining that he was resigning from the state legislature after 19 years of representing Clay, Lowndes and Monroe Counties.
By Wednesday, the legislature, which began a three-month session on Tuesday, was busy researching whether Gibbs' resignation could be rescinded.
According to reports, Gibbs initially resigned due to “poor health” on January 8.
According to the Associated Press, House officials “received word Wednesday that Gibbs or his family members wished to reverse the resignation. Nathan Wells, Gunn's chief of staff, said House staff members were still trying to reach Gibbs' wife Wednesday evening to confirm Gibbs' true intentions.”
According to the report, Gibbs remained hospitalized on Wednesday.
Right now, the staff at the state legislature are trying to figure out the legalities surrounding a potential reversal. The initial resignation was read before the body, but it may not be official until it reaches Gov. Phil Bryant's office.
The 76 year-old Gibbs has served in the legilature since 1993. He is a former county supervisor of Clay County.
If the resignation stands, Bryant must set a special election within 30 days from January 8. The election would then take place at least 40 days after it is set.
A potential runoff would leave the seat empty throughout the 2013 legislative session.
On Tuesday, voters in Clay County will decide who will fill the state senate seat that was left vacant at the passing of longtime representative Bennie Turner.
Angela Turner Lairy and Kenny Fowler, both Clay County natives, will face off on the non-partisan ticket.
If Gibbs' resignation stands, that will mean at least two special elections in 2013 in Clay County.