Sen. Brian Munzlinger is terming out of the state legislature after serving in both the House and Senate, representing northeast Missouri and being a stalwart on agricultural policy.
Q: What’s the best lesson learned or advice you received as a legislator?
A: Be truthful and respectful, have fun, and don’t take everything personally.
Q: What would you say your greatest accomplishment as a lawmaker would be?
A: Agriculture is critical to the state of Missouri, and by conveying that message to my colleagues, we have worked together to help provide quality food for Missourians; after all, everyone eats. In regards to legislation, I feel the most important bill I passed involved controlling the costs of oral cancer treatment. We all know people with cancer, and that bill could help lessen the stress of going through treatment.
Q: What will you do next?
A: I hope I can somehow be of benefit to Missouri agriculture; meanwhile, I am looking forward to being a grandpa!
Q: What is one thing you wish you had accomplished?
A: I wish I could have passed the joinder/venue bill in my final session.
Q: What do you see as the top issues for Missouri going forward?
A: In the coming years, Missouri must somehow control Medicaid costs, while still providing reliable access to healthcare. In agriculture, increasing our production of value-added products will be important to our future economy.
Q: What is one piece of advice you would share with the younger legislators still in office or those looking to run for office?
A: For younger legislators or those looking to run for office, I advise you to get to know legislators in other bodies, and don’t jump too quickly to conclusions; take time, and look for the truth. There are always two sides.
Q: If you could change one thing about the legislature, what would it be?
A: Extend term limits.
Q: Would you consider running for any other offices in the future?
Q: If you could have a one-on-one conversation with your voters, what’s the one thing you want them to know about you?
A: I have worked very hard to represent the people of the 18th District.
Q: How has this role serving changed you?
A: My years in office have caused me to look at the big picture to create long-term solutions for the State of Missouri.
Q: What do you hope you will be remembered for?
A: I hope to be remembered as a good legislator and Ag Chairman.
This appeared in the fall 2018 edition of the Missouri Times Magazine, available in Jefferson City at the Capitol, Tolson’s, Cork, and J. Pfenny’s, and online here.