Representative Cody Smith, R-Jasper, will take on the role of House Budget Committee chairman to replace Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, R-Cassville, who stepped down after being appointed as state Treasurer Wednesday.
“Rep. Smith has proven himself to be true steward of Missourians’ hard-earned tax dollars and a leader in securitizing government spending,” said House Speaker Elijah Haahr. “Having served the past months as the vice-chairman and preparing for the session, he is ready to tackle the complexities of the budget process and provide stability on the committee for years to come.”
The committee chair leads the members in working on and passing the state’s $28 billion operating budget each year. According to a press release, the chairman also leads in negotiating differences between budgets proposed by the Governor and the Senate.
Smith is serving his second term in the House. He was appointed vice-chairman of the committee this past summer.
“I look forward to bringing my real world insight as a business owner to the Budget Committee,” said Smith. “I thank Speaker Haahr for this appointment and I am ready to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to guide the House in passing a responsible and balanced budget.”