Mississippi Senator Vince Scoper Announces Plans for Retirement

After 28 years of serving in the Mississippi State Legislature Senator Vincent Scoper, Jr. will not seek another term in the Senate. The 69-year-old from Jones county made his announcement Monday at a luncheon honoring Lt. Governor Amy Tuck. The Republican has served twenty years in the Senate and eight years in the House. He is currently recovering from knee replacement surgery. He and his wife, Dell, plan to spend more time with their family and travel. Scoper says the extended special sessions of recent years also played a part in the decision. "We want to travel more. We'd like to see our grandchildren a little bit more while they're still anxious to see us. They are growing up so fast," says Scoper. Scoper is a geologist and chairman of the Senate Oil and Gas Committee. He is the second Pine Belt Republican not to seek re-election. Hattiesburg Senator Ron Farris will also leave an empty seat.