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Sara Parker Pauley

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Sara Parker Pauley
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Missouri Director of Natural Resources
In office
2011 - Present
Years in position 3
Base salary$120,000
Elections and appointments
Appointed byGovernor Jay Nixon
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Deputy Director of Natural Resources
High schoolHickman High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Missouri - Columbia
J.D.University of Missouri - Columbia
Place of birthColumbia, Missouri
Office website
Sara Parker Pauley is the Missouri Director of Natural Resources. Pauley was appointed by Gov. Jay Nixon in December 2010 and took office in 2011.[1]


From 1996 to 1998, Pauley served as chief of staff to former Mississippi Speaker of the House Steve Gaw. From 2001 to 2005 she was deputy director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and public liaison to several constituencies. After that she was Executive Vice President of PrimeGen Power USA, a start-up distributed power energy company, and a project manager for D.J. Case & Associates, a natural resources communications firm.[1]


  • Bachelor's degree - University of Missouri at Columbia
  • Juris Doctor - University of Missouri at Columbia

Political career

Missouri Director of Natural Resources (2011-present)

Pauley has served as the director of Missouri's Department of Natural Resources since her appointment by Gov. Nixon in 2011. Prior to the appointment, she had five years of experience working as the deputy director of the department.[1]



Pauley was appointed Missouri Director of Natural Resources by Gov. Jay Nixon in 2011.[2]

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