2011 MAER Legislator of the Year - Rep. Tommy Reynolds of Charleston, MS
Rep. Tommy Reynolds (left) of Charleston, MS, receives the 2011 Mississippi Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind & Visually Impaired (MAER) Outstanding Legislator of the Year Award from J. Elton Moore (MSU Associate Dean for Research & Assessment) at the Annual Training Conference and Awards Luncheon during the MAER conference in Flowood, MS, in late August.
Rep. Reynolds has served in the Mississippi House of Representatives since 1980 and is Chair of Apportionment and Elections, Congressional Redistricting, and the Legislative Reapportionment Committee. He is also a member of the House Appropriations Committee and spearheaded efforts to fund the new Library Commission building (which houses the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped). He actively promoted the Education Reform Act of 1982 and has been a long-term supporter of programs for persons who are blind or severely visually impaired.