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Freshmen Legislators from Greene County

When the legislative session began last week, two freshmen representatives from Greene County were sworn in to office: Republican Charlie Denison and Democrat Sara Lampe. KSMU's Missy Shelton spoke with both of them about their first week on the job.

SHORTLY AFTER WINNING HIS RACE IN NOVEMBER, CHARLIE DENISON SENT LETTERS TO OTHER FRESHMEN LEGISLATORS ANNOUNCING HIS PLAN TO RUN FOR FRESHMEN CLASS PRESIDENT.

DENISON SAYS THE POSITION DOESN'T GIVE HIM ANY OFFICIAL STANDING IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

DENISON SAYSIN ORDER TO WIN, HE'LL NEED THE SUPPORT OF BOTH REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC FRESHMEN LAWMAKERS.

HE'LL BE COURTING DEMOCRATIC FRESHMAN SARA LAMPE OF SPRINGFIELD.

SHE SAYS MEETING PEOPLE HAS BEEN ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF HER FIRST WEEK ON THE JOB AS A STATE REPRESENTATIVE.

LAMPE SAYS AS SHE WAS BEING SWORN IN, SHE FELT THE TREMENDOUS BURDEN THAT'S BEING PLACED ON HER TO SERVE AS A STATE REPRESENTATIVE.

DENISON SAYS HE ALSO FEELS THE WEIGHT OF THE RESPONSIBILITY THAT HE HAS AS A STATE REPRESENTATIVE.

HE SAYS HE'S ALREADY HAD TO DEAL WITH TOUGH CONSTITUTENT PROBLEMS.

DENISON SAYS HE FEELS THE OTHER HOUSE MEMBERS RESPECT THE FRESHMEN BUT HE SAYS THERE'S DEFINITELY A HEIRARCHY.

DEMOCRAT SARA LAMPE SAYS SHE ALSO RECOGNIZES THAT THERE'S A PECKING ORDER IN THE HOUSE, WITH FRESHMEN AT THE BOTTOM.

LAMPE HASN'T FILED ANY BILLS YET BUT SAYS SHE'S LOOKING INTO SEVERAL EDUCATION ISSUES.

REPUBLICAN CHARLIE DENISON SAYS HE'S ALREADY FILED TWO BILLS, ONE RELATED TO EDUCATION AND ONE RELATED TO HEALTHCARE.