The First Regular Session of the 99th Missouri General Assembly officially began at noon on Wednesday. The Honorable Patricia Breckenridge, Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court, was on hand to swear in 12 re-elected senators and five newly elected senators. Our new senators bring with them fresh perspectives and ideas on how to tackle the tough issues we face, and I am looking forward to working with each of them.
On a personal note, Wednesday was particularly significant for me, as I was sworn in for the second and final time as president pro tem of the Missouri Senate. I was honored to have my longtime friend, Judge Dan Scott of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District, administer the oath of office, while my wife, Patty, held the Bible.
I want to thank my Senate colleagues on both sides of the aisle for their continued support and for entrusting me to lead for another two years.