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Missouri State Representative Cody Smith Named FGA’s 2021 “Legislator of the Year”

Naples, FL—The Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) presented Missouri State Representative Cody Smith with its “2021 FGA Legislator of the Year” award. 

Rep. Smith was recognized for his work on the state budget, preserving limited resources for the truly needy, and standing against the expansion of welfare to able-bodied adults. He carried legislation last session that prioritized Missouri’s most vulnerable citizens in the state budget. Rep. Smith additionally showed tremendous courage and respect for the Missouri Constitution by standing up to frivolous lawsuits and a deceptive ballot initiative as state budget chair.

“Missouri has continually led the country in the fight against the expansion of welfare to able-bodied adults because of strong leaders like Representative Smith,” said Gregg Pfister, State Government Affairs Director at FGA. “Entire generations of Missouri families will be strengthened due to Rep. Smith’s persistent commitment to finding pathways to self-sufficiency and pushing back against damaging welfare policy.”

FGA’s  “Legislator of the Year” award recognizes a national leader and policymaker who advances legislation that reduces barriers to work and promotes self-sufficiency and dignity for individuals and families.


The Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) is a non-profit, multi-state think tank that promotes public policy solutions to create opportunities for every American to experience the American Dream. To learn more, visit

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