Sarah Steelman

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Sarah Steelman
Sarah Steelman.jpg
Candidate for
U.S. Senate, Missouri
Prior offices
Missouri State Treasurer
High schoolJefferson City High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Missouri at Columbia
Master'sUniversity of Missouri at Columbia
Campaign website
Sarah Steelman campaign logo
Sarah Steelman was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. Senate from Missouri. Steelman was defeated by Todd Akin in the Republican primary on August 7, 2012.[1]


Upon graduation from Jefferson City High School, Steelman went on to earn her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Missouri, Columbia. She served as Missouri state senator representing the 16th District, when she served as chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce and the Environment. She also served as a member of both the Senate Committee on Aging, Families, Mental and Public Health and of the Senate Committee on Education; and a member of the Senate Committee on Governmental Accountability and Fiscal Oversight. Between 2004 and 2008, Steelman served as Missouri State Treasurer. She made an unsuccessful bid for Governor in 2008. She has also worked for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Revenue, and as an adjunct professor in economics at Lincoln University.[2]



See also: Missouri's 8th Congressional District special election, 2013

Steelman was a potential candidate in the 2013 special election for the U.S. House, representing Missouri's 8th District. The election is being held to replace Jo Ann Emerson. The general election date has been set for June 4th.[3]

There is no primary election, instead each party's nomination will be chosen by a committee. Jason T. Smith was selected by the GOP to be their nominee in the general election.[4][5]


See also: United States Senate elections in Missouri, 2012

Steelman ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Missouri. She sought the nomination on the Republican ticket.[6] Steelman ran against Rep. Todd Akin, John Brunner, Jerry Beck, Mark Memoly, Robert Poole, Hector Maldonado and Mark Lodes in the August 7, 2012, Republican primary. Incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill is seeking re-election and ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. Steelman was defeated by Todd Akin in the Republican primary.[7]

The University of Virginia's Center for Politics published an article called Sabato's Crystal Ball on March 22, 2012, detailing the eight races in the Senate in 2012 that will decide the political fate of which party will end up with control in 2013.[8] The seat rated a toss-up that the Sabato's Crystal Ball believes is 3rd most likely to end up Republican is the Senate seat in Missouri. The article notes incumbent freshman senator Claire McCaskill (D) is vulnerable in the Republican leaning state.[8] While it still remains a toss up as to who McCaskill's competitor will end up being in the general election, challengers U.S. Representative Todd Akin, former state Treasurer Steelman and businessman John Brunner all present a significant challenge to the vulnerable incumbent.

Primary results

The primary took place on August 7, 2012.[9]

US Senate - Missouri Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTodd Akin 36% 217,468
John G. Brunner 30% 180,821
Sarah Steelman 29.2% 176,189
Jerry Beck 1.6% 9,791
Hector Maldonado 1.2% 7,412
Robert (Bob) Poole 1% 6,097
Mark Memoly 0.5% 3,200
Mark Patrick Lodes 0.4% 2,282
Total Votes 603,260

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Steelman's reports.[10]

Sarah Steelman(2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]March 31, 2012$572,986.90$178,707.26$(152,850.74)$598,843.42
Running totals


Campaign themes


On her campaign website, Steelman lists twelve issues. They are:[12]

  • Jobs
  • On her campaign website, Steelman suggests that federal government stimulus spending has not done enough to alleviate the unemployment crisis.
  • Education
  • Steelman's campaign website says, "As the federal government has become more involved in your children’s education, educational bureaucracy has grown. The requirements that this bureaucracy puts on teachers leaves them with less time for teaching."
  • Taxes
  • Steelman's website says, "As a Reagan Republican, Sarah knows that the key to getting our economy growing again is keeping money in the pockets of the American people. By keeping taxes low for individuals and small businesses, we create the economic climate needed to encourage private investment and job creation."
  • Earmarks
  • Steelman's campaign website says, "Earmarks are a corrosive influence on our government. Earmarks both waste taxpayer dollars and abuse the public trust. Every year, billions of your tax dollars are wasted on pet projects that Congressmen and Senators load onto important legislation like Christmas Tree ornaments. The public Treasury is not meant to be a personal slush fund to people in a position of public trust. That is why Sarah Steelman proposes a full and complete ban on the practice of Congressional earmarking. Furthermore, Sarah pledges that even before earmarks are banned completely, Sarah will not be part of the problem. She pledges not to request any earmark. Ever."
  • Unions
  • Steelman's website says, It is the fundamental right of every American to choose with whom they want to associate or, just as importantly, not associate. No American should be forced to join a union against their will. That is why in the Senate Sarah will sponsor legislation to institute national Right-to-Work legislation, ending the practice of forced unionism in the workplace. Sarah will also steadfastly oppose any efforts to impose card-check legislation, which would eliminate the democratic right to a secret ballot in union organizing and lead to worker intimidation."
  • The Second Amendment
  • Steelman's website says, "The Constitution could not be clearer. The right of law abiding citizens to bear arms is as fundamental a freedom as that of religion, speech, or press. In the Senate, I will oppose any efforts to restrict the right of citizens to own, possess, and carry a firearm. I will oppose any efforts to force the registration of firearms or any other policies that unduly burden the lawful purchase or possession of guns."
  • Spending
  • Steelman's website says, "Believing in the philosophy that the best government is the one that governs least, Sarah Steelman believes that restraining the growth of government is absolutely critical to the economic security of our nation. Our government has accumulated the largest debt in human history, much of it to foreign lenders, and we must act now to reduce spending in order to get our fiscal house in order. This is why Sarah supports a balanced budget amendment and will be a tireless opponent of wasteful government spending. Moreover, Sarah pledges to work to ban the corrupt practice of federal earmarks, and pledges not to request any earmarks in the Senate."
  • Healthcare
  • Steelman's website says, "Sarah believes that we can improve the quality of healthcare in this country through free market solutions that empower consumers to make better healthcare choices for themselves and through curbing the billions of dollars wasted on frivolous lawsuits. That is why Sarah Steelman pledges to work to enact medical malpractice lawsuit reform."
  • Energy
  • Steelman's website says, "My energy plan takes an “all of the above” approach to solving our current and future energy needs. The development of new technology must not be hindered while we capitalize off the plethora of current resources available. Enacting this energy plan will reduce our current dependence on foreign oil, decrease current energy prices, ensure stability in price for future energy consumption, and create several thousand jobs. We must act now."
  • Immigration/Border Security
  • (this page was unavailable when accessed on April 21, 2012)
  • Life
  • Steelman's website says, "Sarah believes that government’s main role is to protect those that cannot protect themselves. This is no truer than in the case of the unborn. Sarah is wholly and 100% pro-life and will vote 100% pro-life in the US Senate. Roe v. Wade was a wrongly decided Supreme Court case that undermined the Constitution in the name of a liberal policy agenda. In the US Senate, Sarah will support the complete defunding of Planned Parenthood and other abortion-providing organizations, and will fight to end, once and for all, the practice of partial-birth abortion. Sarah will also oppose the confirmation of judges who attempt to legislate from the bench in order to prevent decisions like Roe v. Wade from happening again."
  • National Security
  • Steelman's website says that she has two guiding principles with respect to national security:
  • Overwhelming Force: The doctrine of overwhelming force dates back to that flag that spoke so clearly, "Don't tread on me" -- America seeks peace and tries to keep the peace through all available means. However, we keep peace by remaining strong and vigilant. And if our nation's security is at risk and non-military means have failed, we should strike with all deliberation and force, with only one goal -- total victory.
  • Strategic Force[12]


Steelman lives in Rolla, MO, with her husband, David. She has three children and two step-children.[13]

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