State Representative of the 158th District Scott Fitzpatrick, R-Shell Knob, officially began his service after a swearing-in ceremony at the Missouri State Capitol on Jan. 9.
"Today, I would like to thank the citizens of the 158th District for giving me this immense and humbling responsibility to represent them in the 97th General Assembly," said Fitzpatrick. "I am excited to make your voice heard in the Missouri state government and ensure our values from the district are understood and respected."
Secretary of State Robin Carnahan gaveled in the beginning of the 97th General Assembly last Wednesday. Then, Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard Teitelman administered the oath of office to 161 representatives, including Fitzpatrick.
After the swearing-in ceremony, Judge Dan Pelikan of the 11th Circuit Court of Missouri swore in Rep. Tim Jones, R-Eureka, as the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
"In the short time I have known Speaker Tim Jones, he has displayed tremendous leadership ability," said Fitzpatrick. "The most important quality I have noticed in the Speaker is that he understands that we aren't going to agree on everything and has taken a very inclusive approach to leading with respect to all of the members of the Republican Caucus.
"I look forward to working with the Speaker and the rest of the leadership team on the bills I file this year," added Fitzpatrick.
On Jan. 10, Jones named Fitzpatrick as a member of the House Committees on Budget, Appropriates on Transportation and Economic Development, and Tourism and Natural Resources.
"I am enthused about the committee assignments I received today," said Fitzpatrick. "I feel that the Speaker made a proper assessment of my background and knowledge base and appointed me to these committees accordingly, and he did an excellent job. I am looking forward to going to work on these committees."
Fitzpatrick will play a key role in the development of legislation assigned to the House Committees.
The 97th General Assembly is made up of 163 representatives and 34 senators. In the House, there are 56 first-term legislators.