Mississippi congressman joining Obama on trip to Africa

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A Mississippi Democrat is among the members of Congress traveling to Africa with President Barack Obama.

U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson is the top Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee.

Thompson says in a news release Thursday that he’s looking forward to seeing what leaders in Kenya and Ethiopia are doing “to secure the region and stem the tide of the terrorist activity.”

Thompson says he’s also looking forward to discussing economic development.

The president and others in the U.S. delegation are leaving Thursday and are scheduled to return next Wednesday.

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