Jon Hagler

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Jon Hagler
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Missouri Director of Agriculture
Former officeholder
In office
2009 - 2013
Base salary$120,000
Elections and appointments
Appointed byGov. Jay Nixon
Campaign $$139,823
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sTruman State University
Master'sUniversity of Missouri-Columbia
Ph.D.Washington University in St. Louis
Date of birth1967
Place of birthDent County
Office website
Jon Hagler (b. 1967) is the former Missouri Director of Agriculture. Hagler was appointed by Gov. Jay Nixon in 2009.[1]

On October 31, 2013, Hagler resigned and was replaced with department deputy Harry Bozoian.[2][3]


Hagler was raised in Dent County, a rural region of Missouri where he learned how to raise cattle and horses. He attended Truman State University for his undergraduate studies, graduating summa cum laude. He later earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia and Washington University in St. Louis, respectively.

According to his office biography, Hagler's professional experience includes work in corporate research, government affairs, and international outreach for California State Polytechnic University-Pomona and development for University of Missouri-Rolla. Prior to his appointment to statewide office, Hagler was heavily involved in the State Legislature. He helped draft several laws concerning the state agriculture industry, including the grain dealer law and the southern dairy compact. Hagler's involvement in the state legislature was not limited to agricultural matters. He served as Chief of Staff to Speaker of the House and Speaker Pro Tem, and as a research analyst in the Missouri Senate.[1]


  • Bachelor's degree - Truman State University
  • Master's degree in political science - University of Missouri-Columbia
  • PhD. in political science - Washington University in St. Louis

Political career

Missouri Director of Agriculture (2009-2013)

Hagler was appointed by Gov. Jay Nixon in 2009 to head the Missouri Department of Agriculture. The department sets agriculture policy and provides assistance to farmers throughout the state. Its duties include consumer protection, public health roles, environmental advocacy, agricultural marketing, public information and awareness, and promoting new technology and new uses for Missouri’s agricultural goods.[4]



Hagler was appointed to the state executive position of Missouri Director of Agriculture by Gov. Jay Nixon in 2009.[1]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hagler is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Hagler raised a total of $139,823 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 12, 2013.[5]

Jon Hagler's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2004 Missouri State House District 149 Defeated $33,133
2000 Missouri State House District 149 Defeated $106,690
Grand Total Raised $139,823


Dr. Hagler is divorced. He trains Missouri foxtrotters in Moniteau County.[3]

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Preceded by
Missouri Director of Agriculture
Succeeded by
Harry Bozoian