Dinkins named ‘Freshman Legislator of the Year’

House Speaker Elijah Haahr presents Rep. Chris Dinkins  (R-District 144) with a Freshman Legislator of the Year Award for the work she has done to advocate for rural issues.

Jefferson City – State Rep. Chris Dinkins has drawn the praise of the Speaker of the House for her efforts to address the issues that are important to rural communities and residents.

Last week House Speaker Elijah Haahr presented Dinkins with a Freshman Legislator of the Year Award for the work she has done to advocate for rural issues.

Dinkins has made a significant impact on the legislative process through her work as a member of the House Economic Development Committee and the House Professional Registration and Licensing Committee. She also has sponsored legislation to help land owners better deal with the problems caused by feral hogs, as well as legislation to ensure organizations like county health departments are at the front of the line for family planning funding rather than a controversial organization like Planned Parenthood.

Speaker Haahr said Dinkins has done an outstanding job to gain support for legislation that will positively impact the rural areas of the state.

“I’m honored and humbled to be recognized by the Speaker as a freshman legislator who has made a difference this session. It is an immense privilege to serve the people of my district, and to work on behalf of all the people of Missouri. As someone who represents a rural area, I am committed to addressing the issues that will improve the quality of life for my constituents and for all Missourians who live in the rural parts of our state,” said Dinkins, R-Annapolis.

Dinkins serves as the state representative for the 144th House District, which is comprised of Iron County and parts of Washington, Wayne and Reynolds counties. She was first elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in a special election in February 2018.