Meeting with Missouri’s Best and Brightest
While this past week was full of important committee hearings and necessary legislative activity, I wanted to take an opportunity to highlight some of the amazing people I had the privilege of meeting with during the past week.
Monday, Feb. 4, I was proud to host a number of my female colleagues during the Great Women Leaders of Missouri event. This gathering has become an annual event at the State Capitol, and I am honored to continue to serve as host of this important celebration. The evening served as a wonderful opportunity for conservative, female leaders to come together and discuss numerous policy topics that impact the lives of all Missourians. I was incredibly humbled to see so many of my legislative colleagues and other women throughout state government attend the event. It’s a wonderful and heartening feeling to know that there are so many strong, conservative-minded women serving our state. This talented and strong group of women is truly inspiring, and I was especially thankful that so many of them took time out of their busy day to attend this event.
On Tuesday, Feb. 5, I was honored to meet with numerous members of the 2018-2019 State Future Farmers of America (FFA) leadership team. These talented and impressive leaders play an important role in preserving and protecting our state’s No. 1 industry, agriculture. These students are tomorrow’s leaders, and they are dedicated to meeting the unique challenge of feeding our world’s growing population. As a retired teacher, I understand the importance of agricultural education. Farming and agriculture play a vital role in our state’s economy, and these impressive students will ensure Missouri’s agricultural industry remains strong and vibrant for years to come. It was inspiring to meet such a brilliant group of students who are using their unique talents to make our world a better place.
Finally, it was my pleasure to host Luc Bronaugh on Wednesday, Feb. 6. Luc attends Montgomery County High School and was participating in FCCLA’s job shadowing program. He is an impressive individual, and I thoroughly enjoyed introducing him to the Missouri Senate and teaching him about the importance of the work that occurs in the Missouri General Assembly. FCCLA plays an important role in educating and mentoring our young people as they navigate high school and prepare for their next steps in life. Luc has a bright future, and if you see him around in our community, please be sure to say hello.
While it was a busy week, my heart is full with all of the amazing and talented people I had the privilege of meeting with over the course of the past week. It brings me great joy to know that there are so many people in our wonderful state that are dedicated to making it a better place for all Missourians.
It is an honor and a privilege 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 www.senate.mo.gov/riddle.