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  • Cierpiot elected to House leadership role

  • On Tuesday, Mike Cierpiot won a second term in the Missouri House of Representatives.



    On Wednesday, he got a promotion.

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  • On Tuesday, Mike Cierpiot won a second term in the Missouri House of Representatives.
    On Wednesday, he got a promotion.
    Republican members of the House caucused in Jefferson City to elect leaders for 2013. Cierpiot, of Lee’s Summit, was elected assistant floor leader, a job that includes closely review bills coming out of committee before they go on the calendar for a House vote.
    Republicans control both houses of the General Assembly, and Cierpiot will be the only representative from Eastern Jackson County in the House leadership. Rep. Sheila Solon, R-Blue Springs, also elected to a second term on Tuesday, sought a Republican caucus leadership position but did not get it.
    Cierpiot said the party selected leaders from various parts of the state and suggested his perspective will be taken into account on key issues the legislature is expected to address.
    “Kansas City and Lee’s Summit are being hurt by the poaching of jobs from Kansas,” he said, referring to one issue legislators have repeatedly discussed in recent years.
    Cierpiot’s district runs from southeastern Independence to a small part of western Blue Springs south through Lakewood, then to Unity Village and the area of eastern Lee’s Summit generally north of Tudor Road.
    Also Wednesday, Republicans chose John Diehl of Town and Country, as House majority leader. The majority leader is responsible for deciding which bills are brought up for debate and when legislation should be set aside.
    Jason Smith, of Salem, is the Republican nominee for House speaker pro tem. He and Speaker Tim Jones will face election for those positions by the full House in January.
    Senators are to meet today to elect their party leadership.
    The Associated Press contributed to this article.
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