John Diehl, Jr.

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John Diehl, Jr.
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Missouri House of Representatives, District 89
In office
2009 - present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 6
Speaker Pro Tempore
2013 - present
Base salary$35,915/year
Per diem$103.20/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Bachelor'sUniversity of Missouri Columbia
J.D.Saint Louis University, 1991
Date of birthAugust 28, 1965
Place of birthSt. Louis, Missouri
Office website
John J. Diehl, Jr. (b. August 28, 1965) is a Republican member of the Missouri House of Representatives, representing District 89. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008. In the 2013 session, Diehl serves as House Majority Floor Leader.


Diehl earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Missouri Columbia and J.D. from Saint Louis University.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Missouri Committee Assignments, 2013
Ethics, Chair
Joint Committee on Tax Policy


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


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Diehl served on the following committees:


2011 redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Missouri

In late March 2011, the House Redistricting Committee took public comment on a proposed map they unveiled. The map showed that the committee planned to redraw the boundaries of Missouri’s congressional districts, eliminating one of them.

Virtually all criticism arose from the idea that the balance of political power in individual districts was shifting from common areas of established political identity.

“You’ve got congressional districts now having to go from 621,000 (citizens) when we drew them last time to 750,000,” said Rep. Diehl. “And so the challenge to this committee is pretty significant in terms of drawing something in which everyone fits.”

Due to sluggish population growth during the last decade, Missouri faced eliminating one of its congressional seats and redrawing the boundaries of the remaining eight to balance the populations of each district.

One of the chief complaints raised about the first proposed map was the lack of a unified district representing central Missouri.

“I’m concerned that the current map ultimately represents a split of mid-Missouri’s interest and a delegation of those central Missouri interests into the St. Louis metropolitan area,” said Marc Ellinger, Cole County presiding commissioner.[2]

The committee signed off on Diehl's proposed map on April 6, 2011. The map did away with the district then represented by U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan while giving much new territory to U.S. Rep. Jacob Luetkemeyer. The map made almost all territory north of the Missouri River one giant new district to be represented by U.S. Rep. Sam Graves.[3]

Republican members of the Missouri congressional delegation assembled in April 2011 to throw their weight behind changes to the two existing congressional redistricting maps.

The chairmen of the state legislature’s redistricting committees, Diehl, Sen. Scott Rupp, House Speaker Steven Tilley, House Majority Floor Leader Rep. Tim Jones, Senate President Pro Tem Robert Mayer, and Majority Floor Leader Sen. Tom Dempsey. Senators Jason Crowell and Brad Lager were seen entering party headquarters, but did not stay long.

Congress members Jo Ann Emerson, Blaine Luetkemeyer, Todd Akin, Vicky Hartzler and Sam Graves were said to have joined the conversation in person or via phone link.

The redistricting stalemate between the Missouri House and Senate spurred debate and Crowell's warning of a filibuster against any attempt to pass the House version of the redistricting map.

The controversy concentrated on the way the two maps divided St. Charles and Jefferson Counties. The House map split St. Charles County in two and Jefferson County three ways. The Senate map featured a compact St. Charles County, and only two divisions in Jefferson County.[4]



See also: Missouri House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Missouri House of Representatives 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. Al Gerber was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent John Diehl was unopposed in the Republican primary. Diehl faced Gerber in the general election.[5][6] Incumbent Diehl defeated Gerber in the general election, and was re-elected to another term.[7]

Missouri House of Representatives District 89, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Diehl Incumbent 66.3% 10,081
     Democratic Al Gerber 33.7% 5,114
Total Votes 15,195


See also: Missouri House of Representatives elections, 2012

Diehl won re-election in the 2012 election for Missouri House of Representatives, District 89. Diehl ran unopposed in the August 7 Republican primary and ran unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[8][9]


See also: Missouri House of Representatives elections, 2008

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


See also: Missouri House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, John Diehl, Jr. ran for District 87 of the Missouri House of Representatives, beating Mark Zoole.[10]

John Diehl, Jr. raised $46,740 for his campaign.[11]

Missouri House of Representatives, District 87
Candidates Votes Percent
John Diehl, Jr. (R) 12,572 60.1%
Mark Zoole (D) 8,352 39.9%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Diehl is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Diehl raised a total of $1,078,405 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 20, 2013.[12]

John Diehl, Jr.'s Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Missouri State House, District 89 Won $725,085
2010 Missouri State House, District 87 Won $306,580
2008 Missouri State House, District 87 Won $46,740
Grand Total Raised $1,078,405


Diehl won re-election to the Missouri House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Diehl raised a total of $725,085.
Missouri House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Diehl, Jr.'s campaign in 2012
Sinquefield, Rex A.$100,000
Missouri Club for Growth$25,000
Friends of Tilley$15,289
Rightchoice Managed Care$15,000
Lewis & Clark Regional Leadership Fund$15,000
Total Raised in 2012$725,085
Source: Follow the Money


In 2010, a year in which Diehl was up for re-election, he collected $306,580 in donations.[13]

His four largest contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Sinquefield, Rex & Jeanne $15,000
Lewis & Clark Regional Leadership Fund $10,000
Supporters of Health Research & Treatments $5,500
Ameren $5,035


Listed below are the five largest contributors to John Diehl, Jr.'s 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
John J. Diehl, Jr. $8,800
Paric Corp $2,825
Menlo F. Smith $2,500
Lewis & Clark Regional Leadership Fund $2,500
Missourians Needing Educational Alternatives $2,000


Diehl has been a member of the Governor's Advisory Council on Driving While Intoxicated, Missouri State Bar Association, Town and Country Architectural Review Board, and the Town and Country/Frontenac Chamber of Commerce.[1]

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Preceded by
Missouri House of Representatives District 89
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Missouri House of Representatives District 87
Succeeded by
Stacey Newman (D)