Robert Butler (Missouri)

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Robert Butler
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Candidate for
Missouri House of Representatives, District 112
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Missouri
J.D.University of Missouri
Campaign website
Robert Butler is a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 112 of the Missouri House of Representatives.[1]


Campaign themes


Butler's website highlights the following campaign themes:

Create Jobs & Economic Opportunity

Creating jobs should be the first priority of the Missouri General Assembly. Missouri needs good manufacturing jobs that pay a living wage. That’s one reason I support building the Jefferson County Port and bringing together the assets of rail, water and highway transportation. We also need to help more Missouri businesses to expand, open up new markets for Missouri made goods, and help entrepreneurs launch new businesses. We should promote research and development, attract bio-medical industries, and promote buying American and Missouri made goods.

Stand Up For Working People

The rights of working people are under attack and the American Dream is just a dream for far too many. We need to raise the minimum wage, protect Missouri’s prevailing wage law, defend workers’ compensation, and child labor laws. We need to strongly oppose so-called Right-to-Work legislation that would impoverish the middle-class.

Support Our Schools

It is vital that we give our children the best possible education to succeed in life. We must work towards the goal of fully funding Missouri’s public schools. The chaos caused by failing districts, and the burden placed on other school systems by the transfer of tens of thousands of students, is unacceptable. We must make public education work for everyone.

Expand Medicaid

The current leadership of the Missouri General Assembly has foolishly turned down $4 BILLION in Federal funding to expand Medicaid coverage in Missouri. This money is desperately needed by Missouri’s Hospitals to recoup some of the losses of providing services to the uninsured, indigent, and working poor. We need to stop trying to score political points and do what is right for the people and Missouri’s economy.

Demand Ethical Behavior

Big money special interests have too much power in the Missouri General Assembly. Too often it seems that a few billionaires and big donors call all the shots and the voice of the people is lost. I want to work to restore the voice of the people. Having lobbyists pay relatives of legislators must end. We must demand an end to legislators and their staffs running political consulting businesses on the side for other legislators.

Protect The Environment

Jefferson County is blessed with many clean streams and natural beauty. As State Representative I will promote clean and green energy projects to help make Missouri a leader, not a follower, in alternative energy development. We need to make sure we keep our county and state clean and green for future generations.

Support Public Safety

Our Sheriff’s Department, municipal police officers, paramedics and firefighters put their lives on the line every day to keep our families safe. We especially need to keep dangerous Meth labs out of our neighborhoods and our children safe from sexual predators. I will be a strong supporter of our first responders.

Remember Our Veterans

We owe a debt of gratitude to all of those who have served in the Armed Forces, both our veterans, reservists and active duty military personnel. I will work to see that their service is honored and that services for our veterans are protected.

Care For Seniors

Missouri must be proactive in helping seniors remain independent and living in their own homes as long as they are able. We should make it easier for seniors and those with disabilities to get the services and tax breaks they are entitled to have. For those who need professional nursing care, we must make sure that nursing home standards are rigorously enforced. I will also work to see that the Missouri Attorney General, local prosecutors and law enforcement officials target scam artists that target our seniors.[2][3]



See also: Missouri House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Missouri House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 5, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 25, 2014. Robert Butler defeated Larry Steinkamp in the Democratic primary. Rob Vescovo defeated Charles Groeteke and Avery Fortenberry in the Republican primary. Fortenberry suspended his campaign and endorsed Vescovo in July.[4] [5][6]

Missouri House of Representatives, District 112 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Butler 63.2% 1,182
Larry Steinkamp 36.8% 687
Total Votes 1,869
Missouri House of Representatives, District 112 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRob Vescovo 45.9% 1,159
Charles Groeteke 45.6% 1,151
Avery Fortenberry 8.4% 213
Total Votes 2,523



In 2014, Butler's endorsements include:[7]

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