In Ashland, black and green signs that say “District 50, Sara Walsh” line the road outside a quaint home. A small dog plays the role of guard dog and is ready to greet whoever comes to the door, but he’s really more loving than he first appears.

Rep. Sara Walsh’s welcoming home embodies her two passions: her dog, Wish, and serving the people of the 50th district.

When the legislature isn’t in session, Walsh, R-Ashland, said she is likely listening to concerns from the people who live in her district, which includes southern Boone County and parts of Moniteau, Cole and Cooper counties. It’s also likely that she has a dog biscuit in her pocket, she said.

Her 7-year-old dog, Wish Walsh — a mix of Pomeranian, corgi and Chihuahua — was adopted from Second Chance, and she said it was a perfect match. Walsh and her husband, Steve, named him Wish because they had been wishing for him.

“People ask us if we have kids, and I say, ‘Well, we have Wish,’” Walsh, 39, said. “He’s sort of like our kid.”

She enjoys serving as a state representative, and because not everything can be accomplished in one year, Walsh hopes to be re-elected.

In the short time she’s been in office, Walsh has been on several committees, including budget, pensions and the special committee on employment security.

If re-elected, Walsh said she will continue to fight for higher education funding, and she will support workforce development.

Walsh said she has personally experienced a factory layoff where her job, along with hundreds more, went to Mexico.

“I believe it’s imperative that we encourage American businesses through lower taxes and fewer burdensome regulations to keep and bring jobs back to the United States,” Walsh said.

Walsh has also worked in three sectors: private, public and nonprofit. Her other experience includes being a past board member of Missouri Right to Life, Joplin Tornado Relief volunteer, Republican state committeewoman for the 19th Senatorial District and past vice chair of the Boone County Republican Central Committee.

Walsh said she hopes her legacy sets an example for others to follow their dreams.

“I hope to encourage everyone to work hard and dream big, because here in America, dreams really do come true,” she said.

Supervising editor is Mark Horvit.

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