State Representative Allen Andrews will help lead the efforts of a House committee charged with seeking policy solutions that will spur small business growth and job creation in Missouri.

Andrews was recently selected by House Speaker Todd Richardson to serve as the vice chair of the House Special Committee on Small Business for the 99th General Assembly.

“I want to thank Speaker Richardson for giving me this responsibility. It’s an honor to be able to work with my colleagues on an issue I know and care deeply about and that has such an enormous impact on our state’s economy,” Andrews, R-Grant City, who co-owns and operates his own small business, said.

“As a committee we want to look at the things we are doing well, but also the things we can do better, to create an environment that is conducive to small business creation and job growth. We have more than 500,000 small businesses active here in Missouri that generate billions of dollars in economic activity each year. We want to make sure as a state we have a stable foundation in place that will allow these businesses to succeed and grow.”

As vice chair of the committee, Andrews will work closely with his Chairman State Representative John McCaherty to review and improve the pieces of legislation presented to the committee. Andrews will also run the committee in the absence of the chair.

For the 99th General Assembly, Andrews will also serve as vice chair of the House subcommittee on Appropriations – Education, and will serve as a member of the House Budget Committee and the House Higher Education Committee.

Andrews officially began his service as state representative for the first district after being sworn in during a ceremony January 4 in the Missouri State Capitol. Andrews takes his place in the House of Representatives alongside 115 of his Republican colleagues, as well as 46 Democratic members. The House currently has one vacancy.