State Rep. Lindell F. Shumake (R-Hannibal) and his wife Lydia joined the Delegation of Midwestern States Legislative Leaders on a trip to the Republic of China (Taiwan) from June 17-25.

State Rep. Lindell F. Shumake (R-Hannibal) and his wife Lydia joined the Delegation of Midwestern States Legislative Leaders on a trip to the Republic of China (Taiwan) from June 17-25. Shumake and his wife were joined by the House Speakers from North Dakota, South Dakota, Arizona, and Nebraska, as well as the Majority Leaders of the South Dakota Senate and their spouses.

The tour included meeting with the government and business leaders and discussing trade relations with respective states in attendance.  Each legislative leader had the opportunity to share what their individual state has to offer in terms of international trade.

The delegation also visited government facilities, including the Legislative Yuan, the Presidential Palace, and the American Institute of Taiwan the handles consular services for the United States.

Missouri has a trade and investment office in Taipei through the Department of Economic Development.

“It was a great learning experience,” said Shumake.  “I am impressed with the importance of Missouri’s trade relationship with Taiwan, and the continuing need to fund this and the 15 other Trade and Investment offices around the world.”

Shumake represents District 5 which includes Marion, Shelby, and part of Monroe County.