In Missouri State House of Representatives, more Republicans than Democrats feel impact of term limits

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August 18, 2010

By Christopher Bedford

Missouri was one of the first states whose voters enacted state legislative term limits. In 2010, the impact of the term limits that Missouri voters created when they approved Amendment 12 on November 3, 1992, will be felt by more Republicans than Democrats.

The following 34 Republican state representatives are ineligible to run for re-election to the Missouri legislature in 2010:

In addition, the following 18 Democrats are also ineligible:

Republicans hold a 14-seat advantage over Democrats going into the November 2 election, but their prospects of holding onto their state senate majority are hurt by the fact that they are losing 34 senators while the Democratic Party is losing 18 senators.

Party As of January 2015
     Democratic Party 44
     Republican Party 117
     Independent 1
     Vacancy 1
Total 163

Louis Jacobson, a staff writer for PolitiFact, did an early-season analysis of which state legislatures may change majority party control as the result of the November elections. Though Missouri is often competitive, he believes the Republicans are likely to hold the House of Representatives and that a, “favorable national mood may even enable the party to expand its edge.”[1]

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