Representative Randy Asbury with Speaker of the House Steven Tilley.

As a result of his work on three budget initiatives and 40 other bills he supported, Representative Randy Asbury (R-Higbee) was named “Freshman Legislator of the Year for Fiscal and Government Accountability.”  He received the same award in 2011.

We will have comments from Rep. Asbury during our Newsmaker segment on Wednesday at 7:25 a.m.

In 2011, Asbury was part of a minority of lawmakers who signed the “No New Taxes Pledge.” Only four out of 34 state Senate members inked the document. Out of 163 state House members, only 35 lawmakers signed on the dotted line.  Asbury announced in March that he will not seek re-election.  The redrawing of House boundaries forced Asbury to make a decision between politics and relocating his family.  He will hang up his hat on Dec. 31.

Press Release from the Office of Representative Randy Asbury (R-Higbee)

To honor and recognize the efforts of Rep. Randy Asbury, R- Higbee, for his tireless work this year to make Missouri government more fiscally accountable and transparent, Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives Steven Tilley, awarded him the “Freshman Legislator of the Year Award for Fiscal and Government Accountability”.

“I firmly believe actions speak louder than words and as an elected official, those actions are crucial to the well-being of our constituents.  I commend Rep. Asbury on his actions regarding government and fiscal accountability showing firsthand that his efforts demonstrate leadership for the people of his district,” said Speaker Tilley.

Through his role as a member of the House Committees on Budget, Local Government and Appropriations for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Rep. Asbury supported appropriations and legislation that would guarantee a balanced state budget and ensure accountability by all state agencies.

“I was pleased to receive this recognition from Speaker Tilley,” stated Asbury.  “During my time in Jefferson City, I have worked to ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent wisely and that our state government is accountable in all respects. Government tends to take on a life of its own and short of reining it in through accountability, it grows by default.”