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Charlie Shields Talks at MWSU's "Eggs and Issues" Program

<p>Exiting State Senator Charlie Shields shares thoughts and lessons learned from 20 years in Missouri's state legislature.<br mce_bogus="1"></p>

State Senator Charlie Shields visited Missouri Western State University this morning.

 

Shields has spent twenty years in the Missouri state legislature, both as state representative and senator.

 

For Missouri Western's Eggs and Issues program, he spoke about his feelings on the state of affairs in Jefferson City.

 

Senator Shields also spoke about the lessons he's learned in two decades holding public office.

 

He says his legacy will be based on several issues, past and present.

 

"[I´┐Żll be remembered for] education issues, foundation for kindergarten through 12th grade education, bringing Missouri Western to university status, with the ability to offer graduate degrees.  And obviously Chiefs training camp [as well].  Yeah, I hope those are the things that last, because I think hopefully those are things that make a real difference for our community."

 

After the Senator's remarks, there was a special presentation.

 

St. Joseph mayor Bill Falkner presented Senator Shields with the Key to the City to celebrate his 20 years of public service.

 

Shields says he's proud to have the honor from the town he's called for more than two decades.

 

"While I represented many municipalities, St. Joseph is always home.  It was a great honor.  This is a great group of folks to work with and I've enjoyed every bit of it."

 

Senator Shields will vacate his position early next year when senator elect Rob Schaaf takes over his seat in January.

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