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Steve Holland

Mississippi state representative will retire due to dementia

Vowing to live out his days with "the gusto of a hound dog," one of the legislature's more colorful members announced Friday he had dementia and would step down at the end of his term — an announcement met with a standing ovation and prayers from his colleagues.

For once, the rowdy Mississippi House of Representatives was silent as they listened to Rep. Steve Holland present his prognosis.

"I am afflicted with dementia," the Democrat from Plantersville announced from the podium of the House floor, his voice hitching. "I now join thousands of Mississippians facing an uncertain future."

The 61-year-old lawmaker announced Friday that he...