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State Rep. Bill White, R-Joplin, discusses his experience in the Marine Corps, and the manner in which the military prepared him for the challenges encountered in public service.

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Marine Corps service helps lawmaker cultivate a spirit of public service

Recalling a youth during which he was “quiet and reserved,” state Rep. Bill White, R-Joplin, says service in the Marine Corps helped instill in him a spirit of self-confidence and a desire to help others — characteristics that have been of benefit in fulfillment of his legislative duties at the Capitol.


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