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What a difference a week or two makes. It wasn’t long ago that many Americans had never heard of a coronavirus. Some of us were aware China was battling an infectious respiratory disease, but the danger seemed a world away. Now, the COVID-19 virus has arrived on our shores and everything has…

Recently, President Trump released a proclamation seeking Americans to pray, “In our times of greatest need, Americans have always turned to prayer to help guide us through trials and periods of uncertainty...But in this time we must not cease asking God for added wisdom, comfort, and streng…

Over the past week, the severity of risk posed to our country by the coronavirus outbreak came into sharp focus. President Trump has held daily briefings from the White House with Vice President Pence and a slew of leading experts from around the federal government to keep the American peopl…

In my last Capitol Report, I had the opportunity to thank my taxpaying employers who caught the attention of elected officials and bureaucrats alike by gathering at the Capitol to show strong support for legislation strengthening landowner rights and responsibilities against nuisance predato…

The Missouri General Assembly has sent the first completed bill of the 2020 legislative session to the governor for his signature. I’m proud to report the first measure to cross the finish line is one I guided through the Senate. This legislation streamlines the process for spouses of milita…

In 2016, the James Comey-led Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) obtained warrants to spy on the Trump Campaign using highly questionable and provably false evidence. While we’ve known that this was little more than a partisan witch hunt, a government report published at the end of last ye…

Two bills important to residents of the 16th Senatorial District advanced through the legislative process this week. The Senate Government Reform Committee heard testimony on Senate Bill 783. This bill offers owners of campgrounds and RV parks protection from frivolous lawsuits. Operators of…

President Trump’s work to secure our borders, build a wall, and restore the rule of law across our county has energized millions of Americans since he became President. However, his efforts to keep American families safe have continually been undermined by cities which flagrantly disregard o…

Kriste Crocker has spent 13 years as principal at William Lynch Elementary. Her daughter Alexis was chosen to serve as a Vickery Intern at The Salem News and did a great job. I have a granddaughter, Eavie, going to school there now who thinks “Mrs. Crocker” is the greatest.

Since the coronavirus outbreak began in China, misleading information has swirled in the media. Data and statistics have been shared without any context; rumors and speculation have been presented as absolute truths. The New York Times has already labeled it the “TrumpVirus.” When the Left’s…

“I believe in the future of agriculture.” Like countless other young men and women of rural Missouri, I grew up reciting these words as a member of my local FFA chapter. The FFA Creed has stayed with me to this day, inspiring me in good times and bad. This week, I proudly joined 700,000 past…

Imagine your neighbor wanted to sell water to someone on the other side of your land. Now imagine that neighbor wanted to build a pipe across your land to get to his customer. Maybe your neighbor wanted the pipe to run through your house, or split your farm in two where you could not easily …

Many times, I get the opportunity to tour with you constituents in the most famous room in the Capitol—the House Lounge. It is the home to the awe-inspiring mural A Social History of the State of Missouri, painted during the Great Depression by Missouri native Thomas Hart Benton. The entranc…

Recently, I visited Washington County Memorial Hospital (WCMH) to meet with hospital leaders and community members who rely on the day-to-day services of the hospital to discuss how to improve access to care and how best to keep costs down for working families. WCMH does an outstanding job p…

February is the time we routinely recognize Earthquake Preparedness Month in the central U.S., as a reminder of the powerful earthquakes that occurred on the New Madrid fault zone from 1811-1812.

Finally—after months of wild accusations, public testimony from 17 witnesses, unconstitutional tactics by Washington Democrats, and an outcome known long ago—the impeachment of President Donald Trump has fallen flat on its face. Even before the President was elected, the Washington political…

He was the big-shot businessman who acted a lot like you and me. I was the sports editor and columnist at the state’s largest newspaper. As it turned out, the big-shot was not only worth billions of dollars, but loved college sports.

Lawmakers quickly began moving bills this week. We continue to hear testimony on proposed legislation in the various committees and have begun floor discussion in the Senate chamber. I saw several of my bills begin to move through the legislative process.

Next Tuesday night, Congress, the Supreme Court, and the Cabinet will gather on the floor of the House of Representatives for the President’s address on the State of the Union. Speaking from a stained wood lectern to a crowd of roughly one thousand – and tens of millions more on TV – Preside…

It was a short week at the State Capitol this week. Our offices were closed on Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and winter weather prompted early adjournment on Wednesday. Before heading home to beat the storms, legislators gathered in a joint session to hear Missouri Supreme Co…