The new Speaker of Missouri House will deliver the Republican response to Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) State of the State address, a week from today.

Missouri House Speaker John Diehl, Junior (courtesy; Missouri House Communications)

Missouri House Speaker John Diehl, Junior (courtesy; Missouri House Communications)

John Diehl, Junior (R-Town and Country) presides over a Republican supermajority in the House. He says that, and the supermajority in the state Senate, “are a representation of the dissatisfaction that Missourians have with the failed policies of Governor Nixon and President Obama.”

In a statement, Diehl adds, “It’s clear that the people of our state are looking for leadership in Jefferson City that will work to reduce the size of government, create better schools, and promote an environment where businesses grow and jobs are created. In his address I am hopeful that Governor Nixon will recognize the kind of leadership that Missourians are demanding and join the Republican majorities in supporting policies that will promote prosperity and opportunity for our state.”

Governor Nixon’s State of the State Address will be delivered at 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 21. In his annual address, Nixon outlines his legislative and spending priorities, and the same day presents his proposed budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Missourinet will have complete coverage of the State of the State address and the Republican response.