Speaker of the House Elijah Haahr, R-Springfield, announced today that the House Budget Committee chairman for the 100th General Assembly will be Rep. Cody Smith, R-Jasper. Smith will replace former Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, R-Cassville, who will be stepping down from the House after being tapped by Gov. Mike Parson on Wednesday to fill the vacancy of the state Treasurer. The House Budget Committee is tasked with crafting and passing the state’s $28 billion operating budget that funds the critical functions of state government. The committee chairman also leads in negotiating differences between budgets proposed by the Governor and the Senate. Smith is a small business owner and realtor with an extensive background in banking and finance. In November, he was elected to his second term in the House. He was appointed vice-chairman of the committee this past summer and has also served as the vice-chairman of the important Fiscal Review committee. There, Smith was instrumental in the thorough review of legislation being considered that would require the state to spend taxpayer money.