ST. LOUIS – After former Majority Floor Leader Todd Richardson left his position to become the speaker of the house in the tumultuous final hours of the 2015 legislative session, Rep. Mike Cierpiot, R-Lee’s Summit, took over the Republican Caucus in the House for a few hours.
Tomorrow, he’ll lobby to continue on in that role and become the majority floor leader for the next year, and he believes he’s the right candidate for the job because it would provide stability to the position.
“The whole session was very difficult,” he said, citing the suicide of state auditor Tom Schweich and the John Diehl intern scandal that embroiled Jefferson City over the course of the session. “We got a lot done people don’t realize… but there’s been a lot of upset. I think the continuity from Todd and I provides a sort of a buffer. It helps us to stabilize things and just move forward,”