With an eye on a career in public service, senior Mick Bullock
of The University of Southern Mississippi will get an opportunity
to see the political process up close and personal when he serves
as a senior page in the Mississippi Senate.
a speech communication major from Columbia who will graduate this
semester, will begin his duties Dec. 15. He is the son of Mitchell
and Beverly Bullock of Columbia.
main reason I wanted to do this is to gain experience," Bullock
said. "I want to serve in the legislature one day, and this
will give me firsthand knowledge."
page, Bullock's duties will include constituent correspondence
and technology issues, updating the legislative agenda calendar
and oversight of junior pages, among other responsibilities.
his passion for politics and desire to one day run for public
office blossomed while working on the congressional campaign of
Art Rhodes, who ran for the seat held by former congressman Mike
Parker of Brookhaven. "He was a great inspiration, not only
politically but to see that you can be a Christian and work in
politics," Bullock said.
Tom King, a Southern Miss alumnus from Petal, recommended Bullock
for the position. King said the position includes a lot of responsibility
and he's confident of Bullock's abilities. "I think he'll
do a great job," King said. "He's very articulate and
capable, and I look forward to working with him."
Bullock will gain valuable knowledge and experience about the
inner workings of Mississippi government as a senior page. "It
gives you insight into the legislature and how it operates; it
will help him see the other side, to see what the job (of a legislator)
entails and the responsibility and challenges that legislators
constituents in obtaining needed government services is the primary
reason Bullock said he wants to get into politics and public service.
"You're actually able to see people getting helped,"
Bullock said. "There are a lot of positives about public
service that many people don't see."