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Capitol Report November 10, Mike Cierpiot, 56th...
Capitol Report November 10, Mike Cierpiot, 56th District
November 10, 2012
Mike Cierpiot, 56th District
Remembering and Honoring Our Veterans
Next week our nation will pause to honor the many men and women who so selflessly serve in defense of our great nation. As we look ahead to Veterans Day, I think it’s important we resolve to acknowledge the service and sacrifices of the members of our Armed Forces each and every day and rather than just one day each year.
The truth is we are a blessed to live in the greatest nation on Earth. And while we go about our daily lives secure in the knowledge that our way of life will be safe now and for future generations, we too often forget the men and women who give us that security. Thousands of miles away, far from their own families and friends, these brave heroes stand watch on foreign and hostile territory. They put their lives at risk so that our own lives and the lives of our loved ones will remain protected.
We owe these remarkable patriots a debt of gratitude. It can come in the form of a simple thank you or it can take shape as something more substantive. I’m proud to say the legislature was able to produce some substantive help for our men and women in uniform this year.
One of the most important things we did during the legislative session was to secure a dedicated funding source for our state’s seven veterans’ homes that provide care for more than 1,300 veterans. With the more than $31 million in funding the homes will receive each year, they will be able to provide the quality care our veterans deserve.
This year we also expanded our Show Me Heroes program that helps military personnel and their spouses to find employment when they return for active duty. It’s another way to give back to our men and women in uniform who have given so much to our nation.
Whatever form our gratitude may take, we should be ready to express it on a daily basis. Veterans Day is not one day out of the year to say thank you, but a reminder that we should remember and appreciate our veterans each and every day that America remains the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Rep. Cierpiot to Serve as Assistant Majority Floor Leader for 97th General Assembly
One day after Missourians elected a record number of Republicans to the Missouri House of Representatives, state Rep. Mike Cierpiot was selected by his colleagues to serve as House Assistant Majority Floor Leader for the 97th General Assembly. Cierpiot, who was first elected in 2010, will replace state Rep. Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane, who is vacating the position to chair the House Rules Committee.
After securing the support of the 110-member caucus, Cierpiot said he plans to work closely with Majority Floor Leader John J. Diehl, Jr., R-Town and Country, to advance a pro-growth, pro-jobs agenda during the upcoming session.
“I’m so honored and excited to have the support of my colleagues for a position that plays a critical role in determining the legislative agenda of the Missouri House,” said Cierpiot, R-Lee’s Summit. “We have a great deal of work ahead of us, but I’m confident we can advances policies that will improve the quality of life for all Missouri families.”
The Assistant Majority Floor Leader works in conjunction with the Majority Floor Leader to set the legislative calendar and determine which legislation makes it to the floor for debate and when. The Assistant Majority Floor Leader also helps control the flow of business on the House floor and is considered the fourth highest position in the hierarchy of the Missouri House of Representatives.
“The people of Missouri have spoken loudly and clearly by giving us the largest Republican majority in state history,” said Cierpiot. “They want small but efficient government that makes fiscally responsible decisions with their tax dollars and has a commitment to creating an environment where good-paying jobs are plentiful. Over the next two years I will work with my colleagues in the House to make our great state even greater.”
Cierpiot will officially assume his duties as Assistant Majority Floor Leader when the 97th General Assembly convenes in January.
Mike Cierpiot, 56th District, Missouri State Capitol Room 305A, 201 W. Capitol Ave., Jefferson City, MO 65101. Mike.Cierpiot@house.mo.gov.