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Battlefield rep. named to House majority whip team

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Last edited 4:25 p.m., Jan. 25, 2011

State Rep. Thomas Long, R-Battlefield, has been selected by Missouri House of Representatives Majority Whip Jason Smith, R-Salem, to serve on the majority whip team.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to play a much greater role in the legislative process,” Long said in a news release. “This position offers me a great opportunity to better represent the interests of the 134th district.

"I look forward to working to help ensure the passage of legislation that will be of great benefit to the people in our area as well as the entire state of Missouri.”

As a member of the majority whip team, Long will assist Smith in enforcing parliamentary rules of the House, garnering votes on critical issues and communicating policy positions to other members, the release said.

“After just a couple of weeks in observing his work ethic, commitment and dedication, it seemed imperative to select Thomas to serve on the whip team,” Smith said in the release.

Long, who ran unopposed for his position in the November general election, also serves as House vice chairman for the Committee on Appropriations - Transportation and Economic Development; member of the Transportation Committee; member the Economic Development Committee; and member of the Transportation Funding and Public Institutions Committee.

Rep. Lincoln Hough, R-Springfield, also was named to the majority whip team.
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