Legislative Column for the Week of Jan. 12, 2015
Session Begins for the
98th General Assembly

On Wednesday, Jan. 7, the First Regular Session of the 98th General Assembly was officially called to order.  I was sworn in to office by the Honorable Mary R. Russell, Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court.  I was joined by my wife, children and dear friends for the solemn ceremony.  I know the great task that is now before me of representing the constituents of the 2nd Senatorial District.  I take that responsibility very seriously and look forward to serving as your voice in the Missouri Senate.  



One way each Senator serves as a voice for their constituents is through the committees upon which they serve.  This week, Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey announced committee assignments.  I will proudly serve as the vice-chairman for the Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee, and as a member of the following committees:  General Laws and Pensions; Education; Veterans’ Affairs and Health; and Ways and Means.  Some of those committees will meet for the first time next week.  I look forward to sharing our progress with you as session continues.


Throughout this session, I will do my best to keep you informed of our work here in the Capitol.  I encourage you to contact my office if you have comments, questions or concerns.  

For scheduling and general questions, please contact my Scheduler and Deputy Legislative Director Sam Saffa at Sam.Saffa@senate.mo.gov.  

For constituent questions or concerns, please contact my Director of Constituent Services Theckla Spainhower at Theckla.Spainhower@senate.mo.gov

For questions pertaining to legislation, please contact my Chief of Staff and Legislative Director Jennae Neustadt at Jennae.Neustadt@senate.mo.gov.

You can reach my Capitol office at (573) 751-1282.  You can also e-mail me personally at Bob.Onder@senate.mo.gov.

I would like to encourage you to sign up for my weekly capitol reports so we can inform you of our work each week.  Please email Sam Saffa and sam.saffa@senate.mo.gov to be added to our mailing list.

Thank you again for your support.  I look forward to serving you.

Very Sincerely,


Robert F. (Bob) Onder, Jr.