Mike Leara

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Mike Leara
Mike Leara.jpg
Missouri House of Representatives, District 96
Incumbent
In office
2009 - present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$35,915/year
Per diem$103.20/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2008
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Personal
BirthdayMarch 27, 1960
Place of birthSt. Louis, Missouri
ProfessionOwner, Gateway Advisors, LLC
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Mike Leara (b. March 27, 1960) is a Republican member of the Missouri House of Representatives, representing District 96. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Biography

Leara attended St. Louis University and Saint Louis Community College. His professional experience includes working as the owner of Gateway Advisors; for Stifel, Nicolaus and Company; for Merrill Lynch; and in construction.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Leara served on the following committees:

Missouri Committee Assignments, 2013
Judiciary
Retirement, Chair
Rules
Joint Committee on Public Employee Retirement

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Leara served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Leara served on the following committees:

Issues

No New Taxes Pledge

A minority of Missouri lawmakers signed the 2011 edition of the "No New Taxes Pledge." The Taxpayer Protection Pledge is offered by the non-profit lobbying organization Americans for Tax Reform with the goal of opposing all tax increases as a matter of principle. Just one out of 34 state Senate members signed the 2011 pledge. Out of 163 state House members, only 38 lawmakers signed.

Leara signed the pledge.[1]

Elections

2014

See also: Missouri House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Missouri House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 5, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 25, 2014. Incumbent Mike Leara was unopposed in the Republican primary. Cindy Redburn was unopposed in the Constitution Party primary. Leara faced Redburn in the general election.[2][3] Incumbent Leara defeated Redburn in the general election, and was re-elected to another term.[4]

Missouri House of Representatives District 96, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Leara Incumbent 80.9% 10,111
     Constitution Cindy Redburn 19.1% 2,380
Total Votes 12,491

2012

See also: Missouri House of Representatives elections, 2012

Leara won re-election in the 2012 election for Missouri House of Representatives, District 96. Leara ran unopposed in the August 7 Republican primary and ran unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

2010

See also: Missouri House of Representatives elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Leara won election to the Missouri House of Representatives.

Missouri House of Representatives, District 95 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mike Leara (R) 9,870
Alice Sgroi (D) 5,385
Steve Newton (C) 427

2008

See also: Missouri House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Leara ran for District 95 of the Missouri House of Representatives, beating Alice Geary Sgroi.[7]

Leara raised $30,419 for his campaign.[8]

Missouri House of Representatives, District 95
Candidates Votes Percent
Mike Leara (R) 11,882 59.9%
Alice Geary Sgroi (D) 7,944 40.1%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Leara is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Leara raised a total of $114,879 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 20, 2013.[9]

Mike Leara's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Missouri House of Representatives, District 96 Won $47,300
2010 Missouri House of Representatives, District 95 Won $37,160
2008 Missouri House of Representatives, District 95 Won $30,419
Grand Total Raised $114,879

2012

Leara won re-election to the Missouri House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Leara raised a total of $47,300.
Missouri House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mike Leara's campaign in 2012
Chamber of Commerce$3,000
Supporters of Health Research & Treatments$2,750
Missouri Hospital Association$2,500
Missouri Healthcare Association$2,500
Ameristar Casinos$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$47,300
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, a year in which Leara was up for re-election, he collected $37,160 in donations.[10]

His four largest contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
RKZ Management $3,000
Ameristar Casinos $1,500
Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce $1,500
BNSF Railway $1,200

2008

Listed below are the five largest contributors to Mike Leara's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Republican Central CMTE of St Louis County $1,625
85th Republican Legislative District CMTE $1,625
1st Republican Senatorial District CMTE $1,625
3rd Republican Congressional District CMTE $1,625
106th Republican Legislative District CMTE $1,450

Personal

Leara is married with four children. He has been a member of the Chestwood Chamber of Commerce and the Fenton Chamber of Commerce.[11]

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the Missouri State Legislature was in session from January 8 through May 19.[12]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to "life, liberty, property, and pocketbook."[13]
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to "liberty issues that deal with the size, scope, and proper role of government."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills deemed priority issues by the MCCI.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills deemed "critical public policy issues" by MPV.
Legislators are scored on their votes on 92 abortion-related bills.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills deemed "critical environmental issues" by SC MO.
Legislators are scored on their votes for or against UM's position.

2013

In 2013, the Missouri State Legislature was in session from January 9 through May 30.[14]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to "life, liberty, property, and pocketbook."[15]
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills deemed "critical public policy issues" by MPV.
Legislators are scored on their votes on 92 abortion-related bills.
Legislators are scored on their votes for or against UM's position.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Scott Sifton (R)
Missouri House of Representatives District 96
2013–present
Succeeded by
N/A
Preceded by
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Missouri House of Representatives District 95
2009–2013
Succeeded by
Marsha Haefner (R)