The new year will bring a new role for Columbia state Senator Caleb Rowden.
He’ll be taking over as the Senate majority floor leader when the session begins on January 9th. He says on The Gary Nolan Show the role comes with a lot of responsibility and a lot of influence.
“I have a little bit of an input as to the general vision and priorities that we as Republicans in the majority would like to see come to pass.”
Rowden says one of his priorities will be finding more money for infrastructure after Proposition D did not pass in November.
“I think that if we would have put a straight up ‘Hey, we’re raising the gas tax by ten cents and every dime of that’s going to roads,’ would it have passed? Probably. Polling says that it probably would have had folks not been confused.”
The leadership position was previously held by Jefferson City senator Mike Kehoe before he was tapped to be lieutenant governor.
“It’s a really neat, unique opportunity and hopefully one we can take advantage of,” Rowden says.