House speaker focused on three E's

Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, holds his 2-year-old daughter, Maggie, and tries to soothe her nerves in the crowd as she and her 4-year-old brother, Atticus, seated, joined their dad on the Floor of the House for swearing-in ceremonies to kick off the 2013 legislative session. This marks Barnes’ second term in the House.

Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, holds his 2-year-old daughter, Maggie, and tries to soothe her nerves in the crowd as she and her 4-year-old brother, Atticus, seated, joined their dad on the Floor of the House for swearing-in ceremonies to kick off the 2013 legislative session. This marks Barnes’ second term in the House. Photo by Julie Smith.

Re-elected House Speaker Tim Jones outlined his “Triple E” agenda — “Economic Development, Energy Policy and Education” — as well as additional issues facing the House, in Wednesday’s Missouri House of Representatives’ opening ceremony of the 2013 legislative session.

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“I am truly blessed to be able to lead such a remarkable group of public servants,” Jones said in his 45-minute address to the Chamber. “I am excited to work with each and every one of you in the coming months to advance the policy items that mean the most to you and to all the people of your districts.”

Jones said the state motto reminds the government the welfare of the people shall be the supreme law of the land.

“It is a motto that should be in our hearts and our minds with every action we take as public servants,” he said.

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