Senate Leader Names Senate Committee Chairmen

Revamped Committees and Committee Assignments Also Announced for the 2017 Legislative Session

JEFFERSON CITY— Senate Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, announced today 21 Senate committees that will hold public hearings and draft legislation this session. This year, the committees have been restructured to better hear testimony on the issues that are important to Missourians today.

“As the times change and the environment of Missouri evolves, we saw a need to update our committee structure,” said Richard. “We have revamped some of the committees to ensure important issues like job creation and economic development get more time in public hearings. We have also structured them so there is less overlapping of committees so senators don’t feel torn between hearing one important issue over another.”

As Senate President Pro Tem, Sen. Richard names all committees and appoints chairmen and members of the majority caucus to those committees.

Senate Committees, Chairmen, and Vice Chairmen are (in alphabetical order):

Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources:
Chairman – Sen. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown
Vice Chairman – Sen. Denny Hoskins, R-Warrensburg

Appropriations:
Chairman – Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla
Vice Chairman – Sen. Ryan Silvey, R-Kansas City

Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy and the Environment:
Chairman – Sen. Ryan Silvey, R-Kansas City
Vice Chairman Sen. Ed Emery, R-Lamar

Economic Development:
Chairman – Sen. Jay Wasson, R-Nixa
Vice Chairman – Sen. Dan Hegeman, R-Cosby

Education:
Chairman – Sen. Gary Romine, R-Farmington
Vice Chairman – Sen. Bill Eigel, R-Weldon Springs

Government Reform:
Chairman – Sen. Ed Emery, R-Lamar
Vice Chairman – Sen. Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan

Fiscal Oversight:
Chairman – Sen. Mike Cunningham, R-Rogersville
Vice Chairman – Sen. Ryan Silvey, R-Kansas City

General Laws:
Chairman – Sen. Bob Onder, R-Lake St. Louis
Vice Chairman – Sen. Doug Libla, R-Poplar Bluff

Gubernatorial Appointments:
Chairman – Senate Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin
Vice Chairman – Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City

Health and Pensions:
Chairman – Sen. Rob Schaaf, R-St. Joseph
Vice Chairman – Sen. Andrew Koenig, R-Manchester

Insurance and Banking:
Chairman – Sen. Paul Wieland, R-Imperial
Vice Chairman – Sen. Mike Cunningham, R-Rogersville

Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence:
Chairman – Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield
Vice Chairman – Sen. Bob Onder, R-Lake St. Louis

Professional Registration:
Chairwoman – Sen. Jeanie Riddle, R-Callaway County
Vice Chairman – Sen. Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia

Progress and Development:
Chairman – Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors
Vice Chairwoman – Sen. S. Kiki Curls, D-Kansas City

Local Government and Elections:
Chairman – Sen. Dan Hegeman, R-Cosby
Vice Chairman – Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville

Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics:
Chairman – Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City
Vice Chairman – Senate Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin

Seniors, Families and Children:
Chairman – Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville
Vice Chairwoman – Sen. Jeanie Riddle, R-Callaway County

Small Business and Industry:
Chairman – Sen. Doug Libla, R-Poplar Bluff
Vice Chairman – Sen. Paul Wieland, R-Imperial

Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety:
Chairman – Sen. Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan
Vice Chairman – Sen. Gary Romine, R-Farmington

Veterans’ and Military Affairs:
Chairman – Sen. Wayne Wallingford, R-Cape Girardeau
Vice Chairman – Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee’s Summit

Ways and Means:
Chairman – Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee’s Summit
Vice Chairman – Sen. Wayne Wallingford, R-Cape Girardeau

Committee member assignments were also announced today. The committees will be in place for the First Regular Session of the 99th General Assembly that runs through 2018. For a full listing of assignments or to learn more about the role of each committee, visit http://www.senate.mo.gov/committee/.

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