Launching his first television ad in his bid to replace termed Sen. Ron Richard for Senate, Rep. Bill White reflects on his time in the Marines and how it impacted his view of public service.

Rep. Bill White

White currently has no announced opponents as he aims to transition from the House to the Senate. He ended the recent fundraising quarter with roughly $227,000 cash on hand.

The television ad, which will air on network and cable stations, launched on Wednesday and is titled “Service.”

“In the Marines, I discovered the meaning of service and the value of hard work,” White said. “Most of all, I learned to stand strong for what I believe. I’ve used those lessons in the Capitol to protect our rights and beliefs. That hasn’t always made insiders happy, but when it comes to defending you, your family, and our community I will never back down.”

The Joplin Republican was first elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 2010. In addition to his legislative duties, White is an attorney whose practice has focused on representing children, the elderly, and business law. He previously served as the Juvenile Attorney for Jasper County representing the county juvenile office in juvenile delinquency and abuse and neglect cases. White is a member of the Rotary Club of Joplin, the Marine Corps League, the American Legion, the Missouri Bar, the NRA and the Naval Institute.