Letter to the Editor

State Representative bids farewell

Friday, January 4, 2013

Dear Editor:

I can't believe it has been six years since the citizens of Lawrence County first elected me to the position as their state representative. It is a position that I have been honored to serve in and humbled by your support through the years.

A couple of weeks ago, Governor Nixon offered me a six-year appointment to the Board of Probation and Parole. The board is responsible for determining whether a person confined at a Missouri Department of Corrections facility can be paroled or conditionally released. The board also supervises individuals that are on probation or parole.

To accept the position, I was required to resign my position as state representative. With a lot of thought and prayer, on Dec. 21, 2012, I officially resigned.

During these past six years, I hope I have made a difference and helped improve and kept our state on the right track. I can't tell you how many different pieces of legislation that I have voted on the entire time I was in the legislature but will always remember the positive things like protecting our school funding and agriculture industry, securing funding for our veterans homes and the MU Rehabilitation Center, reducing taxes, improving our conceal and carry laws, protecting our religious freedom and the unborn just to name a few.

Thank you for your support and encouragement through these years. I look forward to continuing to serve our state in this new position.


Rep. Don Ruzicka