Mike Moon

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Mike Moon
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Missouri House of Representatives, District 157
Incumbent
In office
April 23, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$35,915/year
Per diem$103.20/day
Elections and appointments
First electedApril 2, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Mike Moon is a Republican member of the Missouri House of Representatives, representing District 157. He was first elected to the chamber in a special election on April 2, 2013.[1]

Biography

Moon earned his B.S. in Secondary Education from Southwest Missouri State University. His professional experience includes working on a farm and at a large hospital organization.[2]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

After being sworn in during the 2013 legislative session, Moon served on the following committees:

Missouri Committee Assignments, 2013
Elementary and Secondary Education

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

On his website, Moon highlighted the following campaign themes[3]

  • Defense
  • On his website, Moon says, "Current military funding is 4% of GDP. During the Cold War military funding was nearly 6% GDP. We, as a Nation must be willing to provide as much money as our military requires to adequately protect the States and to win the wars engaged in. The U.S. military must be the strongest, best trained, and the most well-paid in the world."
  • Energy
  • On his website, Moon says, "The United States should not be dependent upon other nations for energy fuels. Exploration and drilling for oil, mining for coal, and harvesting natural gas should proceed "full speed ahead." Wind and solar energy sources are renewable but they are not reliable. Nuclear energy appears to be the most likely source to provide our Nation's long-term energy needs. Although initially extremely expensive, nuclear energy may prove to be the cheapest, safest, and most abundant fuel source."
  • Global Warming
  • On his website, Moon says, We must all be good stewards of what God has created. God gave mankind dominion over the earth – not the other way around. I do not believe that global warming exists - if it does, we are definitely experiencing global cooling during the winter months. I also oppose a cap on carbon green house emissions."
  • Government Welfare
  • On his website, Moon says, "Americans must never turn a deaf ear to someone who has a true need, however, a shift in the method of delivery of those essentials is needed. Local communities have the potential ability to meet the needs of those requiring assistance (without the many levels of bureaucracy impedes the progress and breeding of corruption). When the responsibility of providing welfare to persons who have true needs is returned to churches, companies, and individuals, a more direct oversight and management of welfare programs can be realized."
  • Healthcare
  • On his website, Moon says, "The health care law recently passed will punish individuals and companies by levying fines for non-participation. I find it odd that if/when passed the taxes to fund the plan will begin immediately; however, the actual healthcare plan will not be implemented for about four years. Tort reform is another must. When a patient is injured as a result of malpractice they should receive just compensation, not a windfall judgment. The latter will either bankrupt the system or, as it is doing now, perpetuate the increase in costs."
  • State Sovereignty
  • On his website, Moon says, "I for one want LESS Washington, D.C. in my life! We do not need the permission of the Federal government to take action as a sovereign state. Let's send a message to our State Legislators to take advantage of our sovereignty - whether the Federal government likes it or not. The Constitution has already guaranteed it!"
  • Abortion
  • On his website, Moon says, "Abortion is wrong! Even when the mother’s life is in danger, every effort to save the lives of both the mother and the unborn child should be employed."[3]

Article of impeachment

In early February 2014, Moon said he planned to file an article of impeachment against Gov. Jay Nixon (D). In the last week of January 2014, Nixon set election dates in August for three vacant state house seats, one of which had not been filled since June 2013. State law says that the governor "shall, without delay, issue a writ of election" to fill vacant seats in the legislature. Moon said he would like Nixon to be asked the reason for a delay and whether he was working within constitutional boundaries. On February 13, Moon filed the article, HR 476. Moon's filing follows two articles by fellow Rep. Nick Marshall (R) regarding Nixon's executive order requiring the Missouri Department of Revenue to accept joint tax returns from same-sex couples married outside of the state, which banned same-sex marriage by a constitutional amendment in 2004.[4][5][6]

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. Vince Jennings was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Mike Moon defeated Julie Ruzicka in the Republican primary. Moon faced Jennings in the general election.[7][8] Incumbent Moon defeated Jennings in the general election.[9]

Missouri House of Representatives District 157, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Moon Incumbent 76.1% 6,407
     Democratic Vince Jennings 23.9% 2,011
Total Votes 8,418

Missouri House of Representatives, District 157 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMike Moon Incumbent 55.1% 3,308
Julie Ruzicka 44.9% 2,696
Total Votes 6,004

2013

See also: State legislative special elections, 2013

Moon won election in a special election for Missouri House of Representatives District 157. The seat was vacant following Don Ruzicka's (R) resignation after he was appointed to the Board of Probation and Parole by Gov. Jay Nixon. Moon defeated by Charles Dake (D) in the special election to fill the vacancy on April 2.[10][11][12][13]

Missouri House of Representatives, District 157, Special Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Moon 59.4% 3,668
     Democratic Charles Dake 40.6% 2,507
Total Votes 6,175

2012

See also: Missouri's 7th Congressional District elections, 2012

Moon ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Missouri's 7th District. He faced Tom Stilson and Billy Long in the Republican primary. Moon was defeated by incumbent Billy Long.[14]

Missouri's 7th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBilly Long 59.7% 62,917
Mike Moon 21.7% 22,860
Tom Stilson 18.7% 19,666
Total Votes 105,443

Personal

Moon is married with five children.[15]

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the Missouri State Legislature was in session from January 8 through May 19.[16]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to "life, liberty, property, and pocketbook."[17]
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.[18]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to "life, liberty, property, and pocketbook."[19]
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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References

  1. themissouritimes.com, "Mike Moon sworn in, solidifying GOP super-majority," April 24, 2013
  2. Mike Moon for Congress, "Bio" April 6, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 Mike Moon for Congress, "Issues" April 25, 2012
  4. Springfield News-Leader, "State representative wants to see Nixon impeached," February 5, 2014. Accessed February 6, 2014
  5. Missourinet, "Another article of impeachment filed against Governor Nixon," February 13, 2014. Accessed February 13, 2014
  6. St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "Second Republican lawmakers files to impeach Missouri governor," February 13, 2013. Accessed February 13, 2014
  7. Missouri Secretary of State, "All Results - State of Missouri - Primary Election - August 5, 2014," accessed August 26, 2014
  8. Missouri Secretary of State, "Certified Candidate List - Primary Election," accessed July 24, 2014
  9. Missouri Secretary of State, "All Results-State of Missouri-General-November 4, 2014: Unofficial Results," November 8, 2014
  10. CBS St. Louis, "Nixon Sets Elections for Vacant Mo. House Seats," January 17, 2013
  11. KTTS, "Candidates Named In Special House Election," February 6, 2013
  12. ozarksfirst.com, "Republican Mike Moon Wins Special Election in Lawrence County," April 2, 2013 (dead link)
  13. enr.sos.mo.gov, "Official special election results," accessed November 18, 2013
  14. AP Results, "U.S. House in Missouri Results" Accessed August 7, 2012
  15. Mike Moon for Congress, "Bio" April 6, 2012
  16. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed September 2, 2014
  17. Americans for Prosperity Missouri, "2014 Legislative Report Card," July 1, 2014
  18. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed September 2, 2014
  19. Americans for Prosperity Missouri, "2014 Legislative Report Card," July 1, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Don Ruzicka (R)
Missouri House of Representatives District 157
2013–present
Succeeded by
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