29 years behind the wheel of a truck and now onto politics. That's one new representative's path to the House in Missouri. Molly Boland has more from Jefferson City.
Wrap: New Missouri representatives gathered at the Capitol for the second largest freshman orientation.
After nearly 30 years as a truck driver, first-time representative Brent Lasater of Kansas City says the career switch felt right.
|Description: "I have a service man's heart. You know I wanna serve the community and that just started growing and the more I did it the more I liked it. And I'd say that then it turned into well maybe I was meant to do this."|
The Republican Lasater says he'll be a natural in office.
But even with a high number of Republicans in the House, he doesn't want to see his party become the bullies.
From the state Capitol, I'm Molly Boland.
How to stay connected and avoid corruption. That's what 77 new Missouri representatives heard about during their orientation at the state Capitol this week. Michael Langenberg has more from Jefferson City.
Wrap: One newly elected representative John Rizzo says he learned how resources at the Capitol can prevent disconnect between House members and their districts.
The Democrat says he'll use these resources to satisfy the needs of Kansas City.
|Description: "I'm going to concentrate just so much on crime and economic development that we can see a difference in the district."|
All of the new members of Missouri's legislature met in the State Capitol today and one of them has experience fighting political corruption. In the FBI. Michael Langenberg has more from Jefferson City.
Wrap: Gary Fuhr (Fewer) is a grandfather of seven and a retired FBI agent.
The South St. Louis County Republican says we've gotten away from what's made the U.S. successful.
|Description: "Need to get back to personal responsibility. We need to get back to individuals, that if they make a commitment they follow up on the commitment, and people that are going to take care of themselves, take care of their families."|
Discussions at the orientation informed newcomers of the many corruption investigations in Capitols across the nation.
As a member of the FBI, Fuhr investigated political corruption in Chicago and Washington, D.C.
Fuhr says his primary focus is jobs and to control Missouri's budget so the economy can improve.
From the state Capitol, I'm Michael Langenberg.