Former Senator Trent Lott speaks in Hattiesburg

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Former Senate majority leader Trent Lott was in Hattiesburg Thursday, helping William Carey University raise money for scholarships. Lott was the keynote speaker for the university's first-ever scholarship banquet at Southern Oaks.

He said he was happy to be back in Hattiesburg, helping to support the school.

Lott retired from the Senate in 2007, after 35 years in congress. He said he'd like to see current lawmakers focus on getting Americans back to work.

"I'm very worried about my country," said Lott. "I think they need to concentrate more on the economy and on the creation of jobs. It can be done and they need to do it, because the American people right now are very uncomfortable with what they see in Washington and I know how they feel," Lott said.

Lott is now a lobbyist in Washington.

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