Jay Houghton

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Jay Houghton
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Missouri House of Representatives, District 43
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 3
Base salary$35,915/year
Per diem$103.20/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
ProfessionManager, McCaw Farms' Hog Facility
Office website
Campaign website
Jay D. Houghton is a Republican member of the Missouri House of Representatives, representing District 43. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Houghton's professional experience includes working as a manager at McCaw Farms' Hog Facility.

Committee assignments


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

Missouri Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture Policy, Vice-chair
General Laws
Tourism and Natural Resources, Vice-chair


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Houghton served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Houghton's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]


  • Excerpt: "We must continue to invest in our agricultural community through innovative research at our public universities, so that Missouri farmers will remain competitive in this global market."

Jobs & Small Business

  • Excerpt: "I will work to let you keep more of your hard-earned income through lower taxes and increased savings limits for tax-protected investments, such as college and healthcare savings accounts."


  • Excerpt: "I believe that our veterans should be repaid for their sacrifices for our freedoms and liberties."


  • Excerpt: "I do not support new taxes! Our state government must be held accountable and learn to live within its means. It must prove it is being a faithful steward of your tax dollars."


  • Excerpt: "All Missouri students deserve a quality education in the public, private, or home setting. High academic standards must be set for each child. We must give parents, teachers and administrators the flexibility to reach those standards without onerous regulations that hinder or prevent a quality learning experience."

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.

Houghton signed the pledge.[2]



See also: Missouri House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Missouri House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 5, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 25, 2014. Ed Lockwood was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Jay Houghton was unopposed in the Republican primary.[3][4]


See also: Missouri House of Representatives elections, 2012

Houghton won re-election in the 2012 election for Missouri House of Representatives, District 43. Houghton ran unopposed in the August 7 Republican primary and defeated Ed Lockwood (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Missouri House of Representatives, District 43, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJay Houghton Incumbent 63.9% 8,792
     Democratic Ed Lockwood 36.1% 4,959
Total Votes 13,751


See also: Missouri House of Representatives elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Houghton won election to the Missouri House of Representatives. Houghton's opponent in August 3 primary was Dudley Duke.

Missouri House of Representatives, District 10 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jay Houghton (R) 5,865
Linda Witte (D) 4,307
Josh Allum (C) 638

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Houghton is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Houghton raised a total of $92,050 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 19, 2013.[7]

Jay Houghton's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Missouri House of Representatives, District 43 Won $43,414
2010 Missouri House of Representatives, District 10 Won $48,636
Grand Total Raised $92,050


Houghton won re-election to the Missouri House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Houghton raised a total of $43,414.
Missouri House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jay Houghton's campaign in 2012
Rahmeyer, Gary$2,000
Missouri Hospital Association$1,000
Friends of Diehl$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$43,414
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, a year in which Houghton was up for re-election, he collected $48,636 in donations.[8]

His four largest contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Citizens for Diehl $4,500
Citizens for Riddle $2,450
Republicans of Pike County $2,392
Friends of Tilley $2,000


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In 2014, the Missouri State Legislature was in session from January 8 through May 19.[9]


In 2013, the Missouri State Legislature was in session from January 9 through May 30.[10]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Missouri House of Representatives District 43
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Missouri House of Representatives District 10
Succeeded by
Pat Conway (D)