Terry Swinger

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Terry Swinger
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Missouri House of Representatives, District 162
Former member
In office
2003 - 2013
Base salary$35,915/year
Per diem98.40/day
Elections and appointments
Last election2012
First electedNovember 2003
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Date of birth02/08/1941
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Terry Swinger (b. February 8, 1941) is a former Democratic member of the Missouri House of Representatives, representing District 162 from winning a special election in November 2003 to January 2013. Swinger previously served as Minority Caucus Chair.

Swinger earned his OD in Optometry from Southern College of Optometry Memphis, Tennessee and also attended the University of Missouri, Columbia. He has worked as an Optometrist since 1965.

Swinger is a member of the American Optometric Association, Boy Scouts of America, Caruthersville Chamber of Commerce, Caruthersville Library Board, Caruthersville Lodge # 461 AF & AM, and the Caruthersville Library Board.[1]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Swinger served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Swinger served on these committees:



See also: Missouri State Senate elections, 2012

Swinger ran in the 2012 election for Missouri State Senate, District 25. Swinger ran unopposed in the August 7 Democratic primary and was defeated by Doug Libla (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Missouri State Senate, District 25, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDoug Libla 56.2% 35,757
     Democratic Terry Swinger 43.8% 27,913
Total Votes 63,670


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


On November 4, 2008, Terry Swinger ran unopposed for District 162 of the Missouri House of Representatives.[4]

Terry Swinger raised $43,215 for his campaign.[5]

Missouri House of Representatives, District 162
Candidates Votes Percent
Terry Swinger (D) 10,232 100.0%

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Swinger was up for re-election, he collected $75,530 in donations.[6]

His four largest contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Swinger, Terry M $23,000
Missouri Optometric Association $4,000
Noranda Aluminum $2,000
Missouri Health & Hospital Association $1,000


Listed below are the two largest contributors to Terry Swinger's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Missouri Optometric PAC $1,500
Global Fuels LLC $1,000

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Preceded by
Missouri House of Representatives District 162
Succeeded by
Charlie Davis (R)