In Missouri State Senate, 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.

Republican state senators Carl Vogel, Charlie Shields, Dan Clemens, Delbert Scott, Gary Nodler, Matt Bartle, John Griesheimer and Norma Champion are ineligible to run for re-election to the Missouri legislature in 2010, as are two Democrats, Joan Bray and Rita Heard Days.

Republicans hold a 12-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 10 senators while the Democratic Party is losing two senators.

Party As of December 2014
     Democratic Party 9
     Republican Party 23
     Vacancy 2
Total 34

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 Senate and that a, “favorable national mood may even enable the party to expand its edge.”[1]

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