Jeff Roorda

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Jeff Roorda
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Missouri House of Representatives, District 113
Incumbent
In office
January 7, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$35,915/year
Per diem$103.20/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
Missouri House of Representatives, District 102
2005 - 2011
Websites
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Campaign website
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Jeff Roorda (b. March 30, 1965) is a Democratic member of the Missouri House of Representatives, representing District 113. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Roorda was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 22 of the Missouri State Senate.[1]

Roorda served in the House previously, representing District 102 from 2005 to 2011; he served as Minority Whip.

Biography

Roorda earned his associate's degree in Criminal Justice from Jefferson College, bachelor's in Administration of Justice from Missouri Baptist College, and M.P.P.A. from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. His professional experience includes working as Chief of Police/City Administrator of the City of Kimmswick, Human Resources Manager for Gateway Ambulance Service, and an Adjunct Instructor in Political Science at Jefferson College.[2]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Missouri Committee Assignments, 2013
Crime Prevention and Public Safety
Downsizing State Government
Elementary and Secondary Education
Rules
Utilities

Elections

2014

See also: Missouri State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Missouri State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 5, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 25, 2014. Jeff Roorda was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Paul Wieland was unopposed in the Republican primary. Wieland defeated Roorda in the general election.[3][4]

Missouri State Senate District 22, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Wieland 54.2% 22,208
     Democratic Jeff Roorda 45.8% 18,774
Total Votes 40,982

2012

See also: Missouri House of Representatives elections, 2012

Roorda won election in the 2012 election for Missouri House of Representatives, District 113. Roorda ran unopposed in the August 7 Democratic primary and defeated Dan E. Smith (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Missouri House of Representatives, District 113, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Roorda 53.9% 8,450
     Republican Dan Smith 46.1% 7,225
Total Votes 15,675

2010

See also: Missouri House of Representatives elections, 2010

Roorda lost re-election in the 2010 election for District 102 of the Missouri House of Representatives. Roorda was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Roorda and Richard Blowers (C) were defeated by Paul Wieland (R) in the general election.[7][8]

Missouri House of Representatives, District 102 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Paul Wieland (R) 5,928
Jeff Roorda (D) 4,964
Richard Blowers (C) 883

2008

See also: Missouri House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Roorda ran unopposed for District 102 of the Missouri House of Representatives.[9]

Roorda raised $56,834 for his campaign.[10]

Missouri House of Representatives, District 102
Candidates Votes Percent
Jeff Roorda (D) 14,458 100.0%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Roorda is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Roorda raised a total of $584,444 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 20, 2013.[11]

Jeff Roorda's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Missouri House of Representatives, District 113 Won $226,139
2010 Missouri House of Representatives, District 102 Defeated $202,431
2008 Missouri House of Representatives, District 102 Won $56,834
2006 Missouri House of Representatives, District 102 Won $66,160
2004 Missouri House of Representatives, District 102 Won $32,880
Grand Total Raised $584,444

2012

Roorda won election to the Missouri House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Roorda raised a total of $226,139.
Missouri House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jeff Roorda's campaign in 2012
Roorda for Senate 2014$35,233
Missouri House Democratic Campaign Committee$34,981
Food & Commercial Workers Local 655$15,989
Missouri Democratic Party$12,645
Holsman for Missouri$4,000
Total Raised in 2012$226,139
Source:Follow the Money

2008

Listed below are the five largest contributors to Jeff Roorda's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
102nd Democratic Legislative District CMTE $4,325
90th Democratic Legislative District CMTE $3,200
101st Democratic Legislative District CMTE $1,675
Jeff Roorda $1,500
77th Democratic Representative District CMTE $1,500


Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the Missouri State Legislature was in session from January 8 through May 19.[12]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to "life, liberty, property, and pocketbook."[13]
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to "liberty issues that deal with the size, scope, and proper role of government."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills deemed priority issues by the MCCI.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills deemed "critical public policy issues" by MPV.
Legislators are scored on their votes on 92 abortion-related bills.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills deemed "critical environmental issues" by SC MO.
Legislators are scored on their votes for or against UM's position.

2013

In 2013, the Missouri State Legislature was in session from January 9 through May 30.[14]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to "life, liberty, property, and pocketbook."[15]
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills deemed "critical public policy issues" by MPV.
Legislators are scored on their votes on 92 abortion-related bills.
Legislators are scored on their votes for or against UM's position.

Personal

Roorda is married with three children. He has been Chair of the Antonia Fire District Board of Directors, and a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, International City and County Management Association, Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, Jefferson County Municipal League and the Missouri Narcotics Officers Association.

Controversies

Reaction to Rams' Ferguson protest

See also: Shooting in Ferguson, Missouri

In his capacity as business manager of the St. Louis Police Officers Association, Roorda criticized six members of the St. Louis Rams football team for appearing on the field holding their hands up before a game on November 30, 2014, mirroring the "hands up, don't shoot" gesture popular in protests against the August 2014 death of an unarmed 18-year-old man, Michael Brown, and the subsequent grand jury decision not to indict Darren Wilson, the officer who fatally shot him. A statement by the organization at-large called upon the National Football League and the Rams organization to apologize for the players' actions.[16]

The organization's statement quoted Roorda:

SLPOA Business Manager Jeff Roorda said, "now that the evidence is in and Officer Wilson's account has been verified by physical and ballistic evidence as well as eye-witness testimony, which led the grand jury to conclude that no probable cause existed that Wilson engaged in any wrongdoing, it is unthinkable that hometown athletes would so publicly perpetuate a narrative that has been disproven over-and-over again."

Roorda was incensed that the Rams and the NFL would tolerate such behavior and called it remarkably hypocritical. "All week long, the Rams and the NFL were on the phone with the St. Louis Police Department asking for assurances that the players and the fans would be kept safe from the violent protesters who had rioted, looted, and burned buildings in Ferguson. Our officers have been working 12 hour shifts for over a week, they had days off including Thanksgiving cancelled so that they could defend this community from those on the streets that perpetuate this myth that Michael Brown was executed by a brother police officer and then, as the players and their fans sit safely in their dome under the watchful protection of hundreds of St. Louis's finest, they take to the turf to call a now-exonerated officer a murderer, that is way out-of-bounds, to put it in football parlance," Roorda said.

The SLPOA is calling for the players involved to be disciplined and for the Rams and the NFL to deliver a very public apology. Roorda said he planned to speak to the NFL and the Rams to voice his organization's displeasure tomorrow. He also plans to reach out to other police organizations in St. Louis and around the country to enlist their input on what the appropriate response from law enforcement should be. Roorda warned, "I know that there are those that will say that these players are simply exercising their First Amendment rights. Well I've got news for people who think that way, cops have first amendment rights too, and we plan to exercise ours. I'd remind the NFL and their players that it is not the violent thugs burning down buildings that buy their advertiser's products. It's cops and the good people of St. Louis and other NFL towns that do. Somebody needs to throw a flag on this play. If it's not the NFL and the Rams, then it'll be cops and their supporters."[16][17]

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References

  1. Missouri Secretary of State, "Elections: Offices Filed in Candidate Filing," accessed April 11, 2014
  2. Project Vote Smart, "Jeff Roorda's Biography," accessed December 19, 2014
  3. Missouri Secretary of State, "All Results - State of Missouri - Primary Election - August 5, 2014," accessed August 26, 2014
  4. Missouri Secretary of State, "Certified Candidate List - Primary Election," accessed July 24, 2014
  5. Missouri Secretary of State, "Nov 6, 2012 General Election - All Results," accessed February 13, 2014
  6. Missouri Secretary of State, "Aug 7, 2012 Primary - All Results," accessed February 13, 2014
  7. Missouri Secretary of State, "Official Election Returns - State of Missouri Primary Election - 2010 Primary Election," accessed December 19, 2014
  8. Missouri Secretary of State, "Official Election Returns - State of Missouri General Election - November 2, 2010 General Election," accessed December 19, 2014
  9. Missouri Secretary of State, "Official Election Returns - State of Missouri General Election - 2008 General Election," accessed October 22, 2014
  10. Follow the Money, "Roorda, Jeff," accessed November 1, 2014
  11. Follow the Money, "Roorda, Jeff," accessed September 20, 2013
  12. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed September 2, 2014
  13. Americans for Prosperity Missouri, "2014 Legislative Report Card," July 1, 2014
  14. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed September 2, 2014
  15. Americans for Prosperity Missouri, "2014 Legislative Report Card," July 1, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 SB Nation, "St. Louis Police Officers Association criticizes Rams players for 'Hands up Don't Shoot' gesture," November 1, 2014
  17. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
Political offices
Preceded by
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Missouri House of Representatives District 113
2013–present
Succeeded by
N/A
Preceded by
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Missouri House of Representatives District 102
2005–2011
Succeeded by
Paul Wieland (R)