Reeves nominates 1 to ethics board, 2 to education boards

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is nominating a former director of the state Republican Party to serve on the state Ethics Commission.

Reeves said in a news release Friday that attorney Spencer Ritchie is his choice to fill a vacancy on the eight-person board.

Reeves also announced that he is nominating former state Sen. Nancy Collins of Tupelo to the nine-member state Board of Education. Collins is a nurse. She was a Republican senator from 2012 to 2016 and was vice chairwoman of the Education Committee.

Reeves is also nominating Bill Billingsley of Madison to serve on the Charter School Authorizer Board. Billingsley owns a home health care business.

All of the nominations must be considered by the state Senate.

The nominations are among Reeves’ last duties as lieutenant governor. His second term ends next week, and he will be sworn in as governor on Jan. 14.

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