Who Won the Session?

Todd Richardson, obviously. There aren’t many folks I truly believe in anymore. Todd is among them. Gives me hope that there are others out there like him (Looking at you, Cody Smith)…”


“The Missouri Senate: No meltdowns. Zero people predicted that. Very impressive. “


Scott Penman for the best lobbying on a single bill.  he was the guy that worked his tail off to finally get the e911 across the finish line.  Having to deal with all the egos in the senate that were jacking with the bill and he still was able to get the bill to a vote with a great margin was very very impressive…”


Greg Razer established himself as a go-to person in the House minority caucus. A progressive who gets it and is willing to work with the majority party to move the needle on things that are important to folks in all corners of the state. Finishing only his first term, he’s gonna be somebody to watch.”


Elijah Haahr: Brokered the deals to pass tax reform, but did it in a way that doesn’t screw his powerful budget chairman. He’s got tremendous shoes to fill, but he demonstrated good leadership this session.”


Jason Holsman – Even though Vescovo CLEARLY screwed him (on term limit extensions), Holsman demonstrated that he can single-handedly work an issue to passage. Holsman reached out to nearly all 197 lawmakers to talk them through the issue… With retirement looming in 2 years he’s set a good stage to start transitioning to a Hall-walker if that’s his choice…”


Rob Vescovo – A lot of people were concerned about his brash style at the outset of the year, but nearly every one of his caucus members TAFP’d a priority bill and they love him for it.”


Jamilah Nasheed – Will be touting the $14 million she placed in the budget as she transitions to her race for President of the Board of Aldermen.”


Gail McCann Beatty – It’s easy to miss her contribution to the session because she played it so deftly.  But if the Dems had pushed too hard on the governor too early, there’d have been a partisan backlash and rallying around him.  If she’d have been blasé when Bob Burns’ talk-show scandal erupted, she’d have lost the moral high ground.  No bad play-calls from the minority leader.”


Bill Eigel and Andrew Koenig – No one believed in March that these guys were passing their tax bills. They persisted and proved us all wrong. “


Jean Evans – TAFP’d 6 bills, including marriage age, Amateur Sports tax credit, and CBD oil. I’m not sure that any House freshman achieved more.”


Caleb Rowden passed a number of high-profile bills — interpleader (tort reform), small cells, Justice Reinvestment, first-time homebuyers credit and many others — and did it all while seemingly solidifying his place as the frontrunner to be the next Majority Leader. Most assume he will have the support of outgoing Majority Leader Mike Kehoe, which could help put the race out of reach before it really begins.”


Mike Kehoe – After years without a big win, he finds end zone on two of his personal priorities: utility regulation, and a transportation funding plan.  Plus he kept the Senate busy enough to avoid a distracting SJR39-type situation.”


Jill Schupp – She’s the workhorse of the Senate minority caucus should be able to coast to re-election this fall and with any luck have a slightly bigger caucus next January to help her on the floor.”


“Dave Schatz – His leadership on prevailing wage, his patience throughout and in the end his perseverance was magnificent.  All sides gave a lot which means no one was thrilled with the final compromise. That’s old school legislating and refreshing to this longtime observer.  So many legislators refuse to be the bad guy.  They say you guys work it out in the halls and get back to me. Not Schatz. He set the tone and in the end brokered it with Gina Walsh…”


Originally in May 21 MOScout.