Small Business Committee, Missouri House of Representatives

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The Small Business Committee is a standing committee of the Missouri House of Representatives.

Per Rule 22 of the House Rules, standing, conference, interim and statutory committees in the Missouri House of Representatives are appointed by the Speaker of the House, with minority members of regular standing committees being appointed by the Minority Floor Leader. Special standing committees are appointed by the Speaker with input from the Minority Floor Leader on minority leadership. The Speaker is responsible for designating the number of members of each committee. Unless provided for by the act or resolution creating a committee, partisan balance of committee membership is to match partisan balance of the chamber as closely as possible, save for the Ethics Committee, which is to consist of an equal number of majority and minority members. The chair and vice-chair of each standing committee are appointed by the Speaker. The Speaker, Speaker Pro Tem, floor leaders, assistant floor leaders and whips serve as ex officio members on all standing committees. The chair and a minority member of the Budget Committee serve as ex officio members on all Appropriations committees. Ex officio members do not hold voting power unless properly appointed.[1]

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: Rules of the House of Representatives - 97th General Assembly


The Committee on Small Business may consider and report upon bills and matters referred to it relating to the establishment, growth, development, expansion, retention, and operations of small businesses in the State.[2][3]


2015 legislative session

The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2015 legislative session.

Small Business Members, 2015
Democratic members (5)Republican members (12)Third-party members (1)
Michael ButlerJohn McCaherty, ChairKeith English
Brandon EllingtonGary Cross, Vice chair
Alan GreenLyndall Fraker
Ben HarrisJim Hansen
Deb LavenderMike Bernskoetter
Nick King
Jeffrey Messenger
Jim Neely
Randy Pietzman
Dan Shaul
Steve Lynch
Lindell Shumake


The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2013 legislative session.

Small Business Members, 2013
Democratic members (7)Republican members (14)
Ira AndersNoel Torpey, Chair
Jon CarpenterGary Cross, Vice chair
Vicki EnglundKevin Austin
Ben HarrisKurt Bahr
Steve HodgesMike Bernskoetter
Jeremy LaFaverT.J. Berry
John MayfieldRick Brattin
Charlie Davis
Delus Johnson
Jeffery Justus
Jeanie Lauer
Steve Lynch
Lindell Shumake
Chrissy Sommer


The following table describes committee membership for the 2011 legislative session.


The following table describes committee membership for the 2009 legislative session.

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