Seitz plans to seek a leadership position in the Chamber | Local News
State Rep. Brian Seitz is looking to make Southwestern Missouri’s voice louder in the statehouse in the next term.
Seitz quietly announced in a press release that he would seek a House leadership position if re-elected in November for another term in the state house. Seitz plans to run for the House Majority Whip, number three in the House leadership.
“Fundamentally what we have in Jefferson City is a leadership vacuum,” Seitz told Branson Tri-Lakes News. “I would say that special interest groups, money and lobby groups actually control Jefferson City. To me, this is not in the best interest of the citizens of Missouri. They need someone in leadership to be their voice and I feel like I could be that leader.
The announcement of his leadership intentions came at the bottom of a press release talking about his efforts to prevent the use of critical race theory in Missouri schools. In the statement, Seitz noted that he had withdrawn an amendment to ban the teaching of racial or gender stereotyping to help the comprehensive bill pass the Missouri Senate.
“The House would have easily passed the amendment, but it would ultimately have died in the Senate,” Seitz said in the press release. “The amendment was discussed at length in the House, and then I withdrew it at the request of the leadership to ensure that the bill we sent to the Senate could be heard and passed.
“Sometimes in order to pass a bill, procedural techniques are used to advance other laws to achieve the desired result. To use a football analogy, I was the “blocker” for the running back, allowing him to get a touchdown and win for the whole team.
Seitz said he would reintroduce the amendment as a bill in the next term if CRT continues to show up in Missouri classrooms.
“Today I represented the thousands of Missouri citizens and parents who shared their concerns about revisionist history and the CRT being taught in our classrooms,” Seitz said. “No child should be taught that they are inherently an ‘oppressor or oppressed’ because of their inherited characteristics, such as skin color. This racism IS, has no place in Missouri schools and must be stopped.
Seitz said his stance on the CRT was part of the reason he was running for House leadership, as he feels conservative values aren’t really respected in the state capitol.
“Southwestern Missouri values aren’t necessarily very well represented on Capitol Hill,” Seitz told Branson Tri-Lakes News. “We seem to be dominated by St. Louis, Kansas City, and sometimes even the Springfield area reps don’t place a high value on what we know is right.”
Seitz said the whip is a role that interacts with all members of the majority party in the House, and he thinks his common sense from southwestern Missouri could both be a bridge to bring party members together to make advancing legislation and helping individual members see more success.
“I would focus on the rapid and successful achievement of priorities, but also the success of our individual Republican Representatives at home and in Jefferson City,” Seitz said.
Seitz said that by helping each individual member be more productive in their districts, it would help the overall Republican cause in the state.
“It’s like being on a sports team,” Seitz said. “If an individual does better in their individual position, that boosts the whole team.”
Seitz is running unopposed for the Republican nomination for the 156th arrondissement. Two Democratic Party candidates are vying for the primary to oppose it in November.