It is a great honor to serve as State Representative for the people of the 93rd District. Being elected to my first two-year term in November 2012 makes me a “freshman” legislator, but my experience in government, as a former Alderman for the City of St. George, serving on the Affton School District Board of Education, and working for both former U.S. Congressman Richard Gephardt, and U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, gave me an advantage when it came to jumping in to the legislative process.
I was appointed to serve on five key committees: Higher Education, Veterans, Transportation, and International Trade. I’ve used my position on these committees to be an advocate for our Veterans, to promote educational opportunity for our young people, to push for transportation enhancements to modernize our transportation infrastructure and create jobs, as well as promoting trade practices that will enhance Missouri manufacturing.
One of the biggest challenges we face is trying to convince our fellow members of the General Assembly that Missouri can not afford to refuse $3.9 Billion in Federal assistance for Medicaid patients and that our hospitals and health care system deserve access to this money, just like every other state. Another challenge has been to protect the local control of our public school districts and to stand up for teachers and public employees.
Working with Governor Jay Nixon, we have been successful in turning back some of the most radical plans to strip away the rights of Missouri workers. Thanks to the Governor’s efforts and support from the General Assembly, Missouri’s economy is turning the corner, and faster than many states. Housing values are up and the job market is expanding.
I was raised that one person can make a difference. As your vote and voice in Jefferson City, I believe I am helping to make a difference. If I can ever be of service, please contact me. It is an honor to represent your interests in Jefferson City. Thank you!