MO Gov. Parson addresses lawmakers for first time

MO Gov. Parson addresses lawmakers for first time

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KFVS) - Missouri Governor Mike Parson made his first address to lawmakers at the capitol on Monday, June 11.

His address is just a week after he was sworn in.

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The governor will also start his tour on Tuesday, where he will visit community leaders across Missouri. He will be in Gordonville on Wednesday at the David M. Barton Agricultural Research Center and at Three Rivers College in Sikeston.

Officials say he hopes to talk to leaders about infrastructure, workforce and economic development.

Read the full text of Gov. Parson's speech:

Thank you, Speaker Richardson, President Pro Tem Richard, and members of the Missouri House and Senate.

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley issued the following statement following Gov. Parson's address to the General Assembly:

"Governor Parson did a great job tonight and he will be a great governor for Missouri," Hawley said. "I welcome his leadership in Jefferson City and look forward to working with him for the betterment of Missouri."

Speaker of the House Todd Richardson (R-Poplar Bluff) issued the following statement in response to Gov. Parson's address to a joint session of the General Assembly:

"With his address tonight, Governor Parson made it clear how important it is for this institution to focus on serving the people of Missouri, and reaffirmed his strong commitment to restoring the trust of Missourians in their government.  Through his leadership, Missouri has a strong future ahead and will not miss a step in moving forward on its path of growth and prosperity for all Missourians.

Sen. Claire McCaskill and Sen. Roy Blunt met with the governor earlier on Monday in Jefferson City, Mo.

McCaskill released the following statement following the meeting:

"I was grateful for the opportunity to sit down with Governor Parson, Senator Blunt, and members of our delegation to discuss ways we can team up on issues like improving our education system, fixing our roads and bridges, and combating the opioid crisis—as we work on behalf of the state we all love."

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