JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Jan. 7, 2009) — On Wednesday, shortly after noon, Rep. David Day, R-Dixon, was officially sworn in as a member of the Missouri House of Representatives. This marks Rep. Day’s third term as the state representative for the 148th legislative district.
Members gathered in the chamber as Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan gaveled in the beginning of the 95th General Assembly. Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Laura Denvir Stith then administered the oath of office to all 163 representatives.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to serve the people of my district for a third term and to join with all of the new and returning members as we work to build on the record of legislative success we’ve had in recent years,” Day said. “As one of the senior members of the House, I am ready to get to work with my colleagues as we work to address the needs of all Missourians. At the same time, I will always put the needs of our own district first and do my best to represent the people who voted to send me to Jefferson City.”
At the conclusion of the swearing-in ceremony, Carnahan began the nomination process for temporary Speaker of the House. The honor of serving as temporary Speaker was given to Rep. Ward Franz, R-West Plains. Rep. Franz then presided over the election process for the Speaker of the House as Rep. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, was elected as the 69th Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives. Also during the opening day proceedings, Rep. Bryan Pratt, R-Blue Springs, was re-elected to serve as Speaker Pro Tem.
“I am confident the leadership team we have in place will guide us in a direction that leads to great things for our state,” Day said. “I am excited and ready to work with them as we seek to provide substantive relief to Missourians struggling to make ends meet during these tough economic times.”
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