While I am very appreciative of and humbled by my re-election win, I am devastated, like many of you, with the loss of so many smart, decent candidates who would have made our state and nation a fairer, better place for our children to grow and thrive. In their place, we are faced with debilitating uncertainty at a national level and a promise to move further and further to the economic and cultural extreme at the state level.
Realistically, with only 46 Democratic state representatives now in the Missouri House (out of 163), the chances of getting any bill heard in committee that isn’t favored by the Republican majority––letting alone passed––are slim to none.
It would be tempting under those circumstances to keep my head down, bide my time, and know that my presence in the Missouri House was inconsequential. But that’s not who I am and that’s not why I was elected.
For that reason, I have notified Governor-Elect Greitens informing him that, as Minority Whip, I have put together a 7-point Ethics Reform Plan that largely mirrors his own pre-election promises. I will engage the members of our caucus in forming teams to move each of the seven initiatives forward as quickly as the Republican majority will allow and Governor Greitens will push.
I intend to do everything in my power to make sure that Eric Greitens is held to his campaign promises and that the people of Missouri, once and for all, see serious and meaningful political ethics reform in Jefferson City.
To read the details of my plan, see my November 14 Press Release.