State Rep. Justin Alferman, R-Hermann, will now serve as legislative director for new Missouri Gov. Mike Parson.
On Monday, Alferman resigned his seat in the House of Representatives and immediately began his work for the governor, who was sworn in Friday evening.
“Words cannot adequately convey how great of an honor it has been to serve the people of the 61st legislative district,” Alferman said. “This is my home and my constituents are also my family, friends and neighbors. Each day I have been able to advocate for their interests in Jefferson City has been a profound privilege, and I am forever grateful for the trust and faith they have had in me to serve as their state representative.”
In his new position as legislative director, Alferman will help develop and promote the governor’s legislative priorities and work with members of the House and Senate to pass these priorities into law.
He will oversee a team of legislative liaisons who will work directly with lawmakers to guide the governor’s proposed policy changes into law.
“I am proud of what I have been able to accomplish during my time in the House but even prouder of the support the people of the district have given me that has made all of this possible,” Alferman said. “As I leave office, I am the same fiscal conservative I was when I began my service, and I will take these same principles with me to the governor’s office. I am excited to begin my service with Gov. Parson and confident we will be able to do great things for our great state of Missouri.”
Alferman added his decision is one that has not been easy and has required a great deal of deliberation and prayer, but after careful consideration and discussion with those closest to him, it is clear this is the right move for him and his family.
“While my time as a state representative will come to an end, my service to the people of the 61st District, and to all 6 million Missourians, will continue on in my new position as legislative director for Gov. Parson,” he said.
Before the unexpected change in the governor’s office, Alferman had already filed to run for a third term in the House and was the only Republican on the ballot for the August primary.
Alferman told The Missourian he will now petition the court to have his name removed from the ballot.
“Filing will be reopened for a short period for both Republican and Democratic candidates,” Alferman said. “Then, it will be a sprint to the primary.”
Franklin County Clerk Debbie Door said a judge can handle the petition for ballot removal and open filing in a matter of hours.
She added the open filing would be for a period of five business days.
Alferman was first elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 2014 and quickly made an impact as he was the only freshman legislator to see two bills he introduced receive the support from colleagues in the House and Senate to override the vetoes of Gov. Nixon so the bills could become law.
Alferman also served as a member of the House Budget Committee as a freshman member and rose to the rank of vice chair of the committee in his second term.
During his tenure members of the committee fully funded the School Foundation Formula for two consecutive years for the first time in state history.
He also fought with the Department of Health and Senior Services to get answers about Bourbon Virus testing at Meramec State Park in Franklin County.
During his time in office, Alferman has also been a champion for substantive ethics reform and has repeatedly filed legislation to ban gifts from lobbyists to lawmakers.
The 61st District includes part of Washington.