JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri House of Representatives will soon be in need of a new chairman for the committee on General Laws.
According to sources in the Governor’s Office, the current chairman, Rep. Robert Cornejo, has resigned his seat after receiving an appointment from Gov. Mike Parson to serve on the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission.
“Having served as Chair of more than one House committee, including General Laws, Robert brings the experience necessary to his new role as Chairman of the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission,” said Gov. Parson. “His effectiveness in handling multiple projects ranging from constituent concerns to passing legislation at such a high level of quality gives him the qualifications needed to oversee this commission.”
“I am very humbled that Governor Parson would even consider me for this position. I look forward to serving all the citizens of the State of Missouri in my new position and not just the 64th legislative district that I have proudly represented for the last six years,” Cornejo said in a statement. “This process was done to make sure the great folks of St. Charles and Lincoln Counties will still have someone to vote for in November and be properly represented in the next legislative session. I look forward to getting to work immediately.”
The LIRC is made up of three members appointed by the Governor, overseeing the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.
Cornejo was first elected to the Missouri House in 2012, representing District 64, comprised of St. Charles and Lincoln Counties. Before serving in the House, Cornejo interned for former U.S. Sen. Jim Talent.
The representative from St. Peters is an active attorney, having received his J.D. from the University of Missouri-School of Law in 2008. To serve as the public representative on the Labor Commission, that representative must be licensed to practice law in Missouri.
With the appointment from Gov. Parson, Cornejo joins the commission, but will still need the consent of the Senate in the coming legislative session.
Benjamin Peters is a reporter for the Missouri Times and Missouri Times Magazine, and also produces the #MoLeg Podcast. He joined the Missouri Times in 2016 after working as a sports editor and TV news producer in mid-Missouri. Benjamin is a graduate of Missouri State University in Springfield. To contact Benjamin, email email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @BenjaminDPeters.