Mississippi’s Thompson will chair 2020 Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) has announced that Mississippi Congressman Bennie Thompson will be the Permanent Chair of the 2020 Democratic National Convention.

The 2020 Democratic National Convention, which has been described as “a convention geared to reach out to all Americans,” will be broadcasted live from Milwaukee for four nights beginning on August 17.

Thompson is the first ever elected official from Mississippi to preside over the Democratic National Convention. His job as permanent chair will be to moderate all official convention business.

He provided News Mississippi with the following statement:

“I’m happy Former Vice-President Biden asked me to be the Convention chair. The historical significance of this goes beyond being the first elected official from Mississippi to preside as the Chair of the 2020 Democratic National Convention. I am reminded of the work and labor of some of my heroes such as Medgar Evers, Fannie Lou Hamer, Aaron Henry, and Henry Kirksey. Mrs. Hamer was a member of Mississippi’s first integrated delegation. Obviously, this is something the Mississippi Democrats can be proud of. I am excited about this and looking forward to it.”

The DNCC also announced that the party will officially nominate Vice President Joe Biden as the 2020 Democratic nominee.