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Rep. Shanda Yates announces switch from...

Rep. Shanda Yates announces switch from Democrat to Independent

By: Anne Summerhays - January 13, 2022

State Representative Shanda Yates

There are now 75 Republicans, 44 Democrats and 3 Independents in the Mississippi House of Representatives.

On Thursday, State Representative Shanda Yates announced that she was changing her party affiliation, switching from being a Democrat to an Independent.

Yates, a freshman lawmaker, has represented the people of House District 64 since 2020. 

“My priorities as your representative this legislative session remain unchanged. I will continue to focus on securing the necessary funds to make critical repairs to the City of Jackson’s water and sewer infrastructure,” Rep. Yates said in a statement to her constituents.

Yates said that she would continue to work with state, county and city officials to develop, implement, and fund a plan in order to combat the crime epidemic within our capital city.

“it is a privilege serving the citizens of Northeast Jackson and Resevoir Ridgeland in the Mississippi Legislature; this change in political affiliation in no way changes my commitment to fighting for our public schools, quality infrastructure, and small businesses,” said Yates.

You can view her full release below:

Rep. Shanda Yates Press Release by yallpolitics on Scribd

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Anne Summerhays

Anne Summerhays is a recent graduate of Millsaps College where she majored in Political Science, with minors in Sociology and American Studies. In 2021, she joined Y’all Politics as a Capitol Correspondent. Prior to making that move, she interned for a congressional office in Washington, D.C. and a multi-state government relations and public affairs firm in Jackson, Mississippi. While at Millsaps, Summerhays received a Legislative Fellowship with the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi where she worked with an active member of the Mississippi Legislature for the length of session. She has quickly established trust in the Capitol as a fair, honest, and hardworking young reporter. Her background in political science helps her cut through the noise to find and explain the truth. Email Anne: