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Quite A First Month On The Job: Kansas City's Newest Missouri State Representative

Barbara Washington
Brian Ellison
KCUR 89.3
Rep. Barbara Anne Washington, a Democrat from Kansas City, was sworn into the Missouri House of Representatives on Jan, 10, 2018 -- the same day news broke of Gov. Eric Greitens' affair, along with allegations of blackmail and abuse.

Last November, Rep. Barbara Anne Washington became the newest legislator to represent Kansas City in the Missouri General Assembly. An attorney and former journalist, she has long been engaged with politics, but nothing could have prepared her for the onslaught of legislating, which she says is a full-time job, not to mention the political turmoil of her first month in office. In her first visit to Statehouse Blend Missouri, Washington talks about proposed cuts to higher education funding, the governor's affair, and the first bill she's sponsoring, which would raise the age for Missourians to be tried as adults.

Guest:  Rep. Barbara Anne Washington, D-Kansas City

Brian Ellison is a guest host of talk shows, newscasts, special coverage and community events for KCUR. Follow him on Twitter @ptsbrian.