As the chairman of the House Budget Committee, Rep. Allen Icet says he feels comfortable with the big numbers and complexities of the state's budget.
"It's a fairly large, complicated and confusing process to lead the effort in auditing the state budget," Icet said. "It makes sense that the person who should lead that effort has the intimate knowledge of that state budget."
PERSONAL: Lives in Wildwood. Age 53. Married to Carol Icet. Four children, Sarah, Melissa, Alexandra and Daniel.
PARTY AFFILIATION: Republican
OCCUPATION: Representative for District 84 in the Missouri House of Representatives
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University, master's degree in business administration from Washington University in St. Louis
BACKGROUND: Former president and director of Rockwood Board of Education, delegate at the Missouri Republican Convention in 2000, member of the House minority leader's Blue Ribbon Budget Committee in 2001, member of Ballwin Baptist Church, life member of the National Rifle Association and life member of the National Eagle Scout Association
Auditing the state budget, Icet says, is the biggest task the auditor must take on. But performing other daily functions requires the skills of a businessman — skills that Icet feels he possesses. Icet spent 30 years in a variety of positions, including business, accounting, engineering and purchasing.
"The experience in these positions really carry over to the auditor's office," he said. "The auditor actually uses a lot of skills that are used in the business world. It's a very similar function."
Icet feels a responsibility to maintain transparency and hold the state government accountable with its spending.
"Specifically, I'd like to look at the state's Medicaid system," he said. "It's probably the largest program in state government, and I believe there are a lot of opportunities for waste and fraud in that system. I want to ensure that money isn't being wasted on people who don't meet the qualifications, don't reside in Missouri or who are illegal aliens. That's taxpayers' money going to people who aren't eligible to receive those benefits."