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Rep. Manly Barton hospitalized with...

Rep. Manly Barton hospitalized with COVID-19

By: Sarah Ulmer - July 16, 2020

According to the Mississippi State Department of Health, over 40 individuals at the Capitol including staff and legislators were diagnosed with COVID-19 shortly after they adjourned at the beginning of July.

One of those lawmakers is Representative Manly Barton. He has now been hospitalized.

In a post on Facebook by House Appropriations Chairman John Read, he asked people to join with him in prayer for Barton who had been sent to the hospital.

Barton is a Vietnam vet and resides on the coast with his wife Sarah. He has served in the Mississippi Legislature since 2012. He is a member of the Military Order Purple Heart, American Legion, VFW, NRA and East Central Civic Association. He also served as a Jackson County Supervisor for 12 years.

Others who have publicly disclosed their COVID diagnosis are Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann and Speaker of the House Philip Gunn.

According to a spokesperson for Hosemann, “The Lieutenant Governor remains in quarantine and is working from home.”

Other legislators also called for prayers for Barton as he battles the virus.

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Sarah Ulmer

Sarah is a Mississippi native, born and raised in Madison. She is a graduate of Mississippi State University, where she studied Communications, with an emphasis in Broadcasting and Journalism. Sarah’s experience spans multiple mediums, including extensive videography with both at home and overseas, broadcasting daily news, and hosting a live radio show. In 2017, Sarah became a member of the Capitol Press Corp in Mississippi and has faithfully covered the decisions being made by leaders on some of the most important issues facing our state. Email Sarah: