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JACKSON — Mississippi House officials said Thursday that Democratic Rep. David Gibbs of West Point has not resigned his seat in the Legislature.

A letter of resignation was never filed with the secretary of state’s office, so the resignation never took effect. That’s according to Nathan Wells, chief of staff for Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn.

When the legislative session opened Tuesday, Gunn read the House a resignation letter that had been signed by the ailing Gibbs.

But Gibbs’ family wrote a letter the same day, saying he wanted to rescind the resignation. But that letter arrived later.

House staffers researched the matter and found the resignation was never official because the first letter wasn’t filed with the secretary of state.

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