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Bill Hedge

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Bill Hedge
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Former candidate for
U.S. House, Missouri, District 6
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sNorthwest Missouri State University (1974)
Master'sCentral Baptist Theological Seminary (1994)
Campaign website
Dr. W. A. "Bill" Hedge was a 2014 Democratic candidate for the U.S. House representing the 6th Congressional District of Missouri. He was defeated by incumbent Sam Graves (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.

He previously ran for the same office.[1][2]


Hedge has focused his career on education and the ministry. He currently serves as a pastor at St. Francis Baptist Temple.[1]

Previously, Hedge worked an assistant professor at NWMSU from 2004 to 2012. He also worked as an administrator, teacher, coach and counselor in the St. Joseph School District from 1974 to 2003.[2][3]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Hedge's academic, professional and political career:[4]

  • 1974: Northwest Missouri State University, B.S. Education
  • 1974-2003: Administrator, teacher, coach and counselor in the St. Joseph School District
  • 1977: Northwest Missouri State University, M.S. Education
  • 1989: Northwest Missouri State University, Educational Specialist
  • 1994: Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Master of Divinity
  • 2004-2012: Assistant Professor at Northwest Missouri State University
  • 2005: University of Missouri-Columbia, Doctorate of Education
  • 2002-Present: Pastor of St. Francis Baptist Temple


Campaign themes


Hedge is a self-proclaimed "moderate conservative."[3] His campaign website listed the following issues:

  • Minimum wage: "Raising the minimum wage is a must."
  • Unions: "Unions are key player the middle class."
  • Abortion: "Women having authority over their own bodies."
  • Healthcare: "Assist with facilitating access to the [Affordable Care Act] law," and "Continuing to improve the ACA Law."[5]

—Elect Hedges to Congress[6]


In information submitted to Ballotpedia, Hedge stated:

I, W. A. (Bill) Hedge, am a candidate for the U.S. House, Missouri. 6th District. My candidacy will be for the people. The centerpiece of this campaign is the “truth.” Our Declaration of Independence clearly states: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Right, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” This clearly includes all women and children. W. A. (Bill) Hedge’s candidacy is driven to do the right thing because it is the right thing to do.[5]

—Bill Hedge



See also: Missouri's 6th Congressional District elections, 2014

Hedge ran as a Democrat in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Missouri's 6th District. Hedge won the Democratic nomination in the primary on August 5, 2014, against Edward Dwayne Fields and Gary Lynn Crose. He was defeated by incumbent Sam Graves (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Missouri District 6 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSam Graves Incumbent 66.7% 124,616
     Democratic Bill Hedge 29.5% 55,157
     Libertarian Russ Monchil 3.8% 7,197
Total Votes 186,970
Source: Missouri Secretary of State
U.S. House, Missouri District 6 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBill Hedge 51.7% 18,109
Edward Fields 27.7% 9,706
Gary Crose 20.7% 7,241
Total Votes 35,056
Source: State of Missouri Official Results


See also: Missouri's 6th Congressional District elections, 2012

Hedge ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Missouri's 6th District. He faced Ted Rights, Ronald William Harris and Kyle Yarber in the Democratic primary on August 7, 2012. Hedge was defeated by Yarber in the Democratic primary.[7]

Democratic Primary Results

Missouri's 6th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKyle Yarber 32.6% 10,242
Bill Hedge 27.4% 8,620
Ronald William Harris 23.8% 7,483
Ted Rights 16.3% 5,118
Total Votes 31,463

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Hedge's reports.[8]


Hedge has been married to his wife, Loes, for over 30 years.[4]

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