The past two weeks the newly elected representatives have been preparing to serve their districts and the state. During the Freshman Tour experience representatives-elect had the opportunity to see Missouri and learn about the variety of businesses, enterprises, state facilities and institutions of higher education that Missouri has to offer to its citizens, the nation and the world.
Week one of the tour consisted of orientation in the Missouri State Capitol where the incoming freshmen participated in mock session and committee activities. Once on the road the tour included stops in Branson, Springfield, Poplar Bluff, Sikeston, New Madrid, Cape Girardeau, Farmington, St. James and Linn. The second week of the tour was spent in Kansas City, Columbia, Wentzville and St. Louis.
“It is imperative that the incoming members gain as much understanding of the issues facing their constituents so that they can begin to see how those issues play together and make an impact on the state as a whole,” said Speaker Tim Jones (R-Eureka). “I hope each one of the representatives-elect is coming home with a new perspective on our state, and has seen the positive effects that happen when agriculture, industry, education and technology collaborate for Missouri. I also hope they have forged many new friendships with their new colleagues so that they can use those relationships for the success of their constituents and our great state.”
Many of the stops on the Freshman Tour were directly related to Speaker Tim Jones’ Triple E Plan, which focuses on Economic Development, Energy and Education. Some of the locations included; Associated Electric Cooperatives, Three Rivers Community College, Noranda Aluminum Plant, SEMO River Campus, Farmington Mental Health Facility and Farmington Correctional Facility, Boys and Girls Town, Linn State Technical College, Ameren Missouri Callaway Nuclear Plant, Cerner Corporation Data Center, UMKC, General Motors, St. Mary’s SSM, Express Scripts, Monsanto, Centene, and BJC Goldfarb School of Nursing.