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Steve Hodges

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Steve Hodges
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Missouri House of Representatives, District 149
Incumbent
In office
2007 - present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$35,915/year
Per diem$103.20/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Education
Bachelor'sSoutheast Missouri State University
Master'sUniversity of Missouri-Columbia
Personal
BirthdayFebruary 2, 1949
Place of birthCape Girardeau, Missouri
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Steve Hodges (b. February 2, 1949) is a Democratic member of the Missouri House of Representatives, representing District 149. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

Biography

Hodges earned his B.S. in Business Administration from Southeast Missouri State University and M.B.A. from the University of Missouri-Columbia. His professional experience includes working as Manager/Owner/Vice President of the True Value IGA Grocery Store, and Area Manager/Sales Supervisor for the Carnation Company.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Missouri Committee Assignments, 2013
Agri-Business
Agriculture Policy
Appropriations - Education
Health Care Policy
Small Business

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Hodges served on the following committees: Joint Committee on Corrections

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Hodges 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.

Hodges signed the pledge.[1]

Elections

2013

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

Hodges was the nominee of the Missouri Democratic party for the 2013 special election for the U.S. House, representing Missouri's 8th District.[2][3] The election was held to replace Jo Ann Emerson. The general election took place on June 4, 2013.[4]

There was no primary election. Instead, each party's nomination was chosen by a committee. Hodges was one of five Democratic candidates who reportedly reached out to the committee in order to make a case for the party's nomination.[3] Hodges received the nomination of the committee on February 16, 2013.[2] Hodges was defeated by Jason Smith in the general election for Missouri's 8th Congressional District.[5][6]

2012

See also: Missouri House of Representatives elections, 2012

Hodges won re-election in the 2012 election for Missouri House of Representatives, District 149. Hodges ran unopposed in the August 7 Democratic primary and defeated Neal E. Boyd (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[7][8]

Missouri House of Representatives, District 149, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Hodges Incumbent 66.4% 8,707
     Republican Neal Boyd 33.6% 4,403
Total Votes 13,110

2010

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

Missouri House of Representatives, District 161 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Steve Hodges (D) 4,902
Ron McCormick (R) 3,929

2008

On November 4, 2008, Hodges ran unopposed for District 161 of the Missouri House of Representatives.[9]

Hodges raised $63,614 for his campaign.[10]

Missouri House of Representatives, District 161
Candidates Votes Percent
Steve Hodges (D) 11,913 100.0%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hodges is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Hodges raised a total of $224,775 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 21, 2013.[11]

Steve Hodges's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Missouri State House, District 149 Won $45,492
2010 Missouri State House, District 161 Won $44,897
2008 Missouri State House, District 161 Won $63,614
2006 Missouri State House, District 161 Won $70,772
Grand Total Raised $224,775

2012

Hodges won re-election to the Missouri House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Hodges raised a total of $45,492.
Missouri House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Steve Hodges's campaign in 2012
Noranda Aluminum$2,500
Aycock, Barry$2,000
Missouri State Teachers Association$1,500
Focus Bank$1,285
Burns Taylor Heckemeyer & Green$1,100
Total Raised in 2012$45,492
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, a year in which Hodges was up for re-election, he collected $44,897 in donations.[12]

His four largest contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Noranda Aluminum $1,000
Cooper, James $1,000
Electrical Workers $800
House Capitol Democrats Inner Circle $800

2008

Listed below are the five largest contributors to Steve Hodges' 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Ameristar Casinos $2,000
Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce $1,750
Noranda Aluminum Inc. $1,500
BNSF Railway $1,125
Rural Telecommunications CMTE $1,100

Endorsements

2013

In 2013, Hodges' endorsements included the following:[13][14]

Hodges has received many group endorsements in past campaigns, including those from the National Rifle Association and Missouri Right to Life.[14]

Personal

Hodges is married with three children. He has been a member of the Southeast Missouri State Booster Board, President/Member of the East Prairie Chamber of Commerce, President of the East Prairie Jaycees, and Vice President of the East Prairie Kiwanis.[15]

Controversies

2013 missed votes

Roll call votes became an issue in the 2013 special election for Missouri's 8th Congressional District. Republican nominee Jason Smith, speaker pro tem in the Missouri House of Representatives, missed three-fifths of the Missouri House's votes before the final day of the 2013 legislative session, while Hodges, his Democratic opponent and fellow state rep, missed about one-fifth of the votes.[16]

Of 766 roll call votes taken from when the 2013 legislative session began in January through May, Smith missed 462 of those votes while Hodges missed 171.[16][17]

After winning the Republican nomination on February 9, Smith said he would remain as Missouri House speaker pro tem — the second-ranking position in the chamber — despite having to campaign for Congress.[16] "I can multi-task," Smith said then. "In case you haven't met me or know me very well, I can handle a lot at one time. I don't think it's going to be any problem whatsoever."[16]

Democrat Hodges acknowledged that he missed some votes — even while present during the session — but said there are explanations, such as having to step away from the House floor to deal with constituent concerns.[16] "Very, very rarely have I missed votes," Hodges said.[16]

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See also

External links

References

  1. Americans for Tax Reform, "2011 State Legislative Signers of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge," accessed November 26, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 Southeast Missourian, "Hodges tapped as Democratic nominee in 8th District," February 17, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Daily Dunklin, "Democrat Hodges says he's in for 8th District," February 14, 2013
  4. Washington Post, "Republicans nominate Jason Smith for Missouri special election," February 9, 2013
  5. Politico, "Republican wins Missouri special election" accessed June 4, 2013
  6. Missouri Secretary of State elections division, "Special Election 2013" accessed June 4, 2013
  7. Missouri Secretary of State, "Nov 6, 2012 General Election - All Results," accessed February 13, 2014
  8. Missouri Secretary of State, "Aug 7, 2012 Primary - All Results," accessed February 13, 2014
  9. Missouri House of Representatives official election results for 2008
  10. Follow the Money's report on Hodges' 2008 campaign contributions
  11. Follow the Money, "Hodges, Steve," accessed September 21, 2013
  12. Follow the Money, "Missouri 2010 - Candidates," accessed May 15, 2014
  13. Daily Statesman, "8th District candidates collect endorsements for June election" accessed May 21, 2013
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 SE Missourian, "Major party 8th District candidates get endorsements from Nixon, Palin" accessed May 21, 2013
  15. Project Vote Smart - Rep. Hodges
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 STL Today, "Running for Congress keeps 2 Missouri lawmakers from voting" accessed May 21, 2013
  17. KTTS "Missouri Lawmakers Miss Votes While Vying For Congress" accessed May 21, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
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Missouri House of Representatives District 147
2013–present
Succeeded by
N/A
Preceded by
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Missouri House of Representatives District 161
2007–2013
Succeeded by
Bill White (R)