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Politically Speaking: Rep. Mitten on Nixon's final big speech and the House's ethics push

Jan 26, 2016

On the latest edition of the Politically Speaking podcast, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies welcome state Rep. Gina Mitten to help break down Gov. Jay Nixon’s final State of the State address.

A Democrat, Mitten is a lawyer and resides in Richmond Heights. Before she was elected to the General Assembly in 2012, she spent eight years on the Richmond Heights City Council. She received her law degree from Washington University.

After seeking out a vacant House seat in 2009, Mitten ran in 2012 to represent the 83rd District – which didn’t have an incumbent because of redistricting. She outflanked fellow Democrat Jim Trout, and now represents a district that includes parts of St. Louis, Brentwood, Maplewood, Richmond Heights and Webster Groves.

Mitten was one of the first Democrats to call for then-House Speaker John Diehl to step down from his leadership position last spring after the Kansas City Star reported about his sexually charged texts with a college-age intern. She also serves as the ranking Democratic member of the House Government Oversight and Accountability Committee, the place where ethics-related bills were sent this year.

Here’s what Mitten had to say during the show:

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Music: “Ashes to Ashes” by David Bowie