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Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 3:18 pm

Hannah Kelly officially began her service as state representative for the 141st District after being sworn in during a ceremony Wednesday, January 4 in the Missouri State Capitol. State Rep. Kelly takes her place in the House of Representatives alongside 115 of her Republican colleagues, as well as 46 Democratic members.

“This is such an honor and I am so excited to begin my service as the voice for the families and businesses in my district. I look forward to working with my colleagues this year to advance legislation that will make our great state an even greater place to live, work, and raise a family,” said Kelly, R-Mountain Grove.

The members of the 99th General Assembly were sworn into office by Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Patricia Breckenridge. The members of the House then elected state Rep. Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, to continue his service as House Speaker, and state Rep. Elijah Haahr, R-Springfield, to serve as Speaker Pro Tem.

During her first day in office Kelly also received her committee assignments for the 2017 session. She was selected by House Speaker Todd Richardson to serve as a member of the House Agriculture Policy Committee. Kelly said she is excited to serve on the committee that covers an area that plays such a vital role in her district.

“Agriculture is the backbone of my district and our state, and I am committed to working on policy solutions that will allow this industry to continue to thrive and grow in this state,” said Kelly.

Kelly will also serve on the House Professional Registration and Licensing Committee that will take the lead on reducing the regulatory burden on Missouri’s businesses and entrepreneurs. House Speaker Richardson made it a priority in his Opening Day Address to create a fair regulatory framework that will encourage job creation and economic growth. Kelly said she is ready to work with her committee members to advance policies that will prevent a burdensome regulatory framework and promote innovation.

The 99th General Assembly is made up of 163 representatives and 34 senators. Kelly is one of 39 first-term legislators in the House. One House seat is currently vacant.