Senator Jeanie Riddle’s Capitol Report for the Week of Jan. 9, 2017

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Looking to the Future

I was honored to have been on-hand during the swearing in of the new governor and four other elected officials earlier this week. Despite the cold I joined more than 6,000 Missourians on the south lawn of the Capitol to witness Governor Eric Greitens being sworn in, along with his first speech as our new governor.

On a blustery cold day, history was made as the 56th governor of our state was sworn in at noon, as required by the Missouri Constitution.  Four other statewide officer holders were also sworn in, including former Missouri Senator Mike Parson as lieutenant governor; Josh Hawley, attorney general; Jay Ashcroft, secretary of state; and former Missouri Senator Eric Schmitt, treasurer.

I am happy to say that the inauguration means the possibility of so many great things for our state. As we begin a new year with a new governor and other elected officials, we now have a chance to move forward with a positive outlook toward the future. With a new administration comes new ideas, new plans, and a new way of doing things. It is up to each of us to look within ourselves and ask what we can do to contribute positively to the change.

Throughout the day a variety of events were held, including the review of the national guard and heroes from across Missouri by Gov. Greitens, rather than the traditional inaugural parade. Missouri farmers, teachers, police officers, veterans and others were honored at the event, which was coordinated in an effort to recognize everyday heroes. Those citizens honored received a special coin from the governor to commemorate their achievements.

The day ended with the inaugural ball, which featured the governor and First Lady dancing to the Missouri Waltz and music performed by Missouri’s own Sara Evans. It was a busy and historic day and I was most honored that so many of my friends and constituents from the 10th District stopped by to say hello.

It is an honor to be your State Senator and my door is always open to your concerns, questions or comments. Please feel free to contact me at (573) 751-2757 or visit my web page at