Missouri politics had a rough start to 2018. Many events have occurred that have taken our focus away from hardworking Missourians and the actions needed to move our state forward. Recently, things have started to change in the State Capitol.
Just two weeks ago, Missouri’s 57th governor was sworn into office. While Missouri politics and the governor’s office has received much media attention over the past few months, I am happy to say our state is moving forward and change is on the horizon.
On Monday, the new governor gave his first address to members of the Missouri General Assembly. While lawmakers are very familiar with the former lieutenant governor, this was the first time many of us were able to hear from him as our new governor.
During his speech, the governor spoke on the importance of public service and the duties and responsibilities associated with serving the citizens of the state. The governor acknowledged what many lawmakers in the room felt; our most recent legislative session, while contentious at times, was quite successful. Legislators were able to pass two tax reform proposals, we were able to fully fund the foundation formula, reformed our state’s labor laws and we passed a balanced budget before the constitutional deadline.
I look forward to working with the governor and his staff as we both aim to move our state forward. The governor has a passion, not only for our state, but for all Missourians. He has always been a strong supporter of economic development and job growth. A farmer himself, he has worked passionately to protect Missouri’s agriculture industry. He sponsored and co-sponsored several landmark pieces of legislation including Missouri’s Castle Doctrine, which strengthened 2nd Amendment rights. He also championed a change to our state’s constitution, guaranteeing the right to farm for all Missourians. Having served as the sheriff of Polk County for eight years and six years in the U.S. Army, the governor has always been a dedicated supporter of law enforcement and veterans’ issues.
I offer my full support and confidence to the new governor. He is a man of great character, I believe he will do everything in his power to move our state forward and continue to make the Show-Me State a great place to live, work and raise a family.
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