Shane Schoeller

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Shane Schoeller
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Missouri House of Representatives, District 139
Former member
In office
2007 - 2013
Base salary$35,915/year
Per diem98.40/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2006
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Bachelor'sSouthwest Baptist University
Date of birth08/21/1971
Place of birthSalina, KS
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Shane Schoeller (b. August 21, 1971) is a former Republican member of the Missouri House of Representatives, representing District 139 from 2007 to 2013. He served as Speaker Pro Tempore. Schoeller ran unsuccessfully for Missouri Secretary of State in the 2012 election. He was narrowly defeated by state Rep. Jason Kander (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Schoeller earned his B.S. from Southwest Baptist University. He has served as Legislative Assistant to Congressman Roy Blunt, Director of Government Affairs for the Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield, Missouri, Chief Administrative Aide to Secretary of State Matt Blunt, Field Representative for Senator Kit Bond, and Chief of Staff to Speaker Pro Tem Rod Jetton.

Schoeller is a member of the Clear Vision Drama Company Board, the Second Baptist Church, and Willard Chamber of Commerce.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Schoeller served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Schoeller served on these committees:


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.

Schoeller signed the pledge.[2]

Natural disasters

Schoeller chaired a committee in 2011 responsible for devising contingency plans for handling natural disasters in Joplin, southeast Missouri and St. Louis County.[3]

Taxpayer-funded lobbying bill

Schoeller introduced a bill into the House of Representatives that would have prohibited taxpayer-funded lobbying.[4]



See also: Missouri secretary of state election, 2012

Schoeller ran on the Republican ticket for secretary of state in 2012. He was narrowly defeated by state Rep. Jason Kander (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5] He won the Republican nomination for secretary of state in the primary election on August 7, 2012. He faced state senators' Scott Rupp and Bill Stouffer in the primary, and squared off with Democratic state rep. Jason Kander, Libertarian candidate Cisse Spragins, and Constitution party candidate Justin Harter in the general election. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.[6]

Missouri Secretary of State General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJason Kander 48.9% 1,298,022
     Republican Shane Schoeller 47.4% 1,258,937
     Libertarian Cisse Spragins 2.7% 70,814
     Constitution Justin Harter 1% 27,710
Total Votes 2,655,483
Election Results via Missouri Secretary of State.


  • Schoeller eeked out a narrow victory in the Republican primary race on August 7, 2012, defeating second place finisher Scott Rupp by less than one percentage point.
Missouri Secretary of State Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngShane Schoeller 35.3% 193,207
Scott Rupp 34.5% 188,701
Bill Stouffer 30.2% 165,588
Total Votes 547,496
Election Results via Missouri Secretary of State.

Campaign themes

  • Voting and Elections

"Voter ID"

Schoeller is in favor of stricter identification requirements for voters. Schoeller pointed to a study done by the Pew Center, which he says found 1.8 million deceased people still registered to vote, which indicates voter-fraud. He sponsored the state's photo ID bill, a controversial piece of legislation touching down in various forms around the country. The bill, which calls for compulsory presentation of proper photo-identification at the polls in order for their votes to count, he believes will protect Missouri's voting process from potential impersonators. As one of his two pillars for improving the office, Schoeller stated his plan to create a commission composed of election officials and citizens who would analyze voting-related statutes for the purpose of ensuring “every election is protected and that there is integrity in the process from beginning to end.”[7] The other is the creation of a fair-ballot commission. He described his vision for the committee during a campaign visit to Pregnancy Resource Center of Rolla Missouri as "comprised of four Republicans and four Democrats who would review the ballot initiatives and the way they are written."[8]

  • Business regulations

In addition to lower taxes and diminished regulations, Schoeller proposes cutting down the number of registration classification choices the state currently presents aspiring business owners by over 80%, which he thinks will make the business environment friendlier. He told News Press Now in March 2012 that if this change is achieved, “somebody who wants to start their own business wouldn’t have to hire an attorney in order to know that they’ve filed correctly.”[7]


On November 2, 2010, Schoeller won election to the Missouri House of Representatives.


On November 4, 2008, Shane Schoeller ran for District 139 of the Missouri House of Representatives, beating Janet Adams.[9]

Shane Schoeller raised $71,161 for his campaign.[10]

Missouri House of Representatives, District 139
Candidates Votes Percent
Shane Schoeller (R) 13,611 69.2%
Janet Adams (D) 6,057 30.8%

Campaign donors


Schoeller lost the election to the position of Missouri Secretary of State in 2012. During that election cycle, Schoeller raised a total of $2,125,246.


In 2010, a year in which Schoeller was up for re-election, he collected $149,175 in donations.[11]

His four largest contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Sinquefield, Rex A $21,000
Ameren $7,529
Positronic Industries $2,500
Missouri Health & Hospital Association $2,500


Listed below are the five largest contributors to Shane Schoeller's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
7th Republican Congressional District CMTE $3,350
AT&T $1,442
Cornerstone Healthcare $1,000
Laurance Russell-General $1,000
SRC Holdings Corp. $1,000

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Schoeller is married and has two children.[12]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Missouri House of Representatives District 139
Succeeded by
Kevin Elmer (R)