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==Standing committees==
Missouri House of Representatives has 42 standing committees:
The Missouri House of Representatives has 42 standing committees:

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Missouri House of Representatives

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General Information
Type:   Lower house
Term limits:   4 terms (8 years)
2015 session start:   January 9, 2013
Website:   Official House Page
House Speaker:  Timothy Jones, (R)
Majority Leader:   John Diehl, (R)
Minority Leader:   Jacob Hummel, (D)
Members:  163
   Democratic Party (44)
Republican Party (116)
Length of term:   2 years
Authority:   Art III, Missouri Constitution
Salary:   $35,915/year + per diem
Last Election:  November 6, 2012 (163 seats)
Next election:  November 4, 2014 (163 seats)
Redistricting:  Missouri House Apportionment Commission and the Missouri Senate Apportionment Commission
The Missouri House of Representatives is the lower house of the Missouri General Assembly. There are 163 members of the Missouri House, each representing a district with an average of 36,000 citizens based on 2007 population estimates. Each member represents an average of 36,742 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[1] After the 2000 Census, each member represented approximately 34,326 residents.[2]

Since the passage of Amendment 13 in 1992, members of the House are limited by term limits to a maximum of four two-year terms (eight years).

As of May 2015, Missouri is one of 19 states that is under divided government and is therefore not one of the state government trifectas.


Article III of the Missouri Constitution establishes when the Missouri General Assembly, of which the House is a part is to meet. Section 20 of Article III states that the General Assembly shall convene its regular session on the first Wednesday after the first Monday in January of each year. Section 20 requires the General Assembly to adjourn its regular session by May 30th.

Section 20 of Article III also allows for a special session of the General Assembly to be convened by a joint proclamation of three-fourths of the members of both houses.


See also: Dates of 2013 state legislative sessions

In 2013, the Legislature will be in session from January 9 through May 30.

Major issues

Legislative leaders are looking to focus on the state's business climate - issues include tax credits, capital improvements, an income tax cut, and a major revision to the state's criminal code.[3]


See also: Dates of 2012 state legislative sessions

In 2012, the House was in session from January 4 through May 30.

Major issues

The budget was the main focus of the session, as the state faced a $500 million spending gap in January. The agenda at the start of the session also included economic development, Workers Compensation reforms, and overhauling public school funding.[4] Those items joined health care exchanges, birth control, charter schools, and sentencing guidelines for crack cocaine crimes as points of contention and accomplishment over the course of the session.[5]


In 2011, the House was in regular session from January 5 through May 30. [6] Governor Jay Nixon called for a special legislative session for September 6, however, the session was called off when Republicans hesitated on a push to overhaul state tax credits and authorize several new incentive programs, including one for a China freight hub in St. Louis. Assembly members were sent home so that they might read the revised 219-page measure over the weekend. According to Senate President Pro Tem Robert Mayer, the "important" bill "needs the attention of every member of this body."[7]


In 2010, the House was in session from January 6th to May 14th. [8][9]


See also: Open States' Legislative Data Report Card

The Sunlight Foundation released an "Open Legislative Data Report Card" in March 2013. Missouri was given a grade of C in the report. The report card evaluated how adequate, complete and accessible legislative data was to the general public. A total of 10 states received an A: Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Kansas, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington.[10]



See also: Missouri House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Missouri House of Representatives were held in Missouri on November 6, 2012. All 163 seats were up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was March 27, 2012. The primary election day was August 7, 2012.[11]

Missouri state representatives are subject to term limits, and may not serve more than four two-year terms. In 2012, 25 state representatives were termed-out of office.

The following table details the 10 districts with the smallest margin of victory in the November 6 general election.


See also: Missouri House of Representatives elections, 2010

Elections for the office of Missouri House of Representatives were held in Missouri on November 2, 2010. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was March 30, 2010 and the primary election day was on August 3, 2010.

In 2010, the candidates for state house raised a total of $11,420,148 in campaign contributions. The top 10 donors were: [12]


To be eligible to serve in the Missouri House of Representatives, a candidate must be:[13]

  • At least 24 years of age
  • Qualified Missouri voter for two years before election
  • Resident of the district which he is chosen to represent for 1 year before election
  • Is not delinquent in the payment of any state income taxes, personal property taxes, real property taxes on the place of residence as stated in the declaration of candidacy
  • is not a past or present corporate officer of any fee office that owes any taxes to the state.
  • Has not been found guilty of or pled guilty to a felony or misdemeanor under the federal laws of the United States of America.
  • Has not been convicted of or found guilty of or pled guilty to a felony under the laws of Missouri.
  • In addition to any other penalties provided by law, no person may file for any office in a subsequent election until he or the treasurer of his existing candidate committee has filed all required campaign disclosure reports for all prior elections.


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures
How Vacancies are filled in State Legislatures
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In the event of a vacancy in the House, the Governor must call for a special election without delay[14]. The election mandate is sent to the county that first established the legislative district[15].


See also: Redistricting in Missouri

Legislative redistricting in Missouri is handled by two bipartisan commissions, one for each chamber, with 10 members in the Senate commission and 18 members in the House commission. The Governor selects these members from lists of nominees submitted by the state committees of the Democratic and Republican parties. Two House commission members must come from each congressional district. This differs from the congressional redistricting method, which involves the Assembly simply passing new maps as routine legislation. If a commission cannot complete the process in six months following appointment, a panel of six appellate judges takes over the process for that particular commission; it cannot interfere with one that has already finished.

2010 census

Missouri received its local census data on February 24, 2011. The state's population increased by seven percent, with most growth coming in the southern half of the state. The five most populous cities showed mixed outcomes: Kansas City grew by 4.1 percent since the 2000 Census. St. Louis decreased by 8.3 percent, Springfield grew by 5.2 percent, Independence grew by 3.1 percent, and Columbia grew by 28.4 percent.[16]

Since 1970, Missouri has had the courts involved in finishing redistricting; despite the commissions' intent, 2011 did not end that streak. Both commissions came to an impasse in mid-August 2011, and the special court panel took over. On November 30, the panel finalized a new plan. The House plan -- which put 34 Republicans and 23 Democrats into incumbent races -- stood for the time being (as a lawsuit was pending), the Missouri Supreme Court rejected the Senate plan. On January 31, 2012, Governor Jay Nixon appointed a new commission for the sake of redrawing the Senate districts. The commission approved a new plan on February 23; the plan -- which weakened Republican districts around St. Louis -- was met with hostility, then a lawsuit. After hearing testimony and tweaking the map, the commission approved the map again on March 12, and the lawsuit was dropped.



See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Missouri House of Representatives are paid $35,915/year. Per diem is $104/day tied to the federal rate. Roll call is used to verify per diem.[17]

When sworn in

See also: When state legislators assume office after a general election

Missouri legislators assume office the first day of the legislative session.

Partisan composition

See also: Partisan composition of state houses
Party As of May 2015
     Democratic Party 44
     Republican Party 116
     Independent 1
     Vacancy 2
Total 163

The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Missouri State House of Representatives from 1992-2013.
Partisan composition of the Missouri State House.PNG


The House elects a Speaker of the House and Speaker Pro Tempore. The Speaker of the House is the presiding officer of the body. Duties of the speaker include preserving order and decorum, speaking on points of order, and making parliamentary rulings. The Speaker Pro Tempore performs the duties of the Speaker if the Speaker is absent.[18][19]

Current leadership

Current Leadership, Missouri House of Representatives
Office Representative Party
State Speaker of the House Timothy Jones Ends.png Republican
State House Speaker Pro Tempore Jason Smith Ends.png Republican
State House Majority Floor Leader John Diehl Ends.png Republican
State House Assistant Majority Floor Leader Mike Cierpiot Ends.png Republican
State House Majority Whip Sandy Crawford Ends.png Republican
State House Majority Caucus Leader Shelley Keeney Ends.png Republican
State House Majority Caucus Secretary Mike Bernskoetter Ends.png Republican
State House Minority Floor Leader Jacob Hummel Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Assistant Minority Floor Leader Gail McCann Beatty Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Minority Whip John Rizzo Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Minority Caucus Leader Steve Webb Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Minority Caucus Vice Chair Chris Kelly Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Minority Caucus Secretary Genise Montecillo Electiondot.png Democratic

Current members

Current members, Missouri House of Representatives
District Representative Party Assumed office
1 Mike Thomson Ends.png Republican 2007
2 Casey Guernsey Ends.png Republican 2009
3 Nate Walker Ends.png Republican 2013
4 Craig Redmon Ends.png Republican 2011
5 Lindell Shumake Ends.png Republican 2011
6 Tim Remole Ends.png Republican 2013
7 Mike Lair Ends.png Republican 2009
8 Jim Neely Ends.png Republican 2013
9 Delus Johnson Ends.png Republican 2011
10 Pat Conway Electiondot.png Democratic 2010
11 Galen Higdon Ends.png Republican 2011
12 Kenneth Wilson Ends.png Republican 2013
13 Nick Marshall Ends.png Republican 2011
14 Ronald Schieber Ends.png Republican 2011
15 Jon Carpenter Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
16 Noel Shull Ends.png Republican 2013
17 Myron Neth Ends.png Republican 2011
18 Jay Swearingen Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
19 John Rizzo Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
20 John Mayfield Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
21 Ira Anders Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
22 Brandon Ellington Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
23 Randy Dunn Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
24 Judy Morgan Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
25 Jeremy LaFaver Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
26 Gail McCann Beatty Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
27 Bonnaye Mims Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
28 Tom McDonald Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
29 Noel Torpey Ends.png Republican 2011
30 Mike Cierpiot Ends.png Republican 2011
31 Sheila Solon Ends.png Republican 2011
32 Jeanie Lauer Ends.png Republican 2011
33 Donna Pfautsch Ends.png Republican 2013
34 Jeff Grisamore Ends.png Republican 2007
35 Gary Cross Ends.png Republican 2011
36 Kevin McManus Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
37 Joe Runions Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
38 T.J. Berry Ends.png Republican 2011
39 Joe Don McGaugh Ends.png Republican 2013
40 Jim Hansen Ends.png Republican 2013
41 Ed Schieffer Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
42 Bart Korman Ends.png Republican 2011
43 Jay Houghton Ends.png Republican 2011
44 Caleb Rowden Ends.png Republican 2013
45 Chris Kelly Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
46 Stephen Webber Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
47 John A. Wright Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
48 Dave Muntzel Ends.png Republican 2013
49 Jeanie Riddle Ends.png Republican 2009
50 Caleb Jones Ends.png Republican 2011
51 Dean Dohrman Ends.png Republican 2013
52 Stanley Cox Ends.png Republican 2007
53 Glen Kolkmeyer Ends.png Republican 2013
54 Denny Hoskins Ends.png Republican 2009
55 Rick Brattin Ends.png Republican 2011
56 Chris Molendorp Ends.png Republican 2009
57 Wanda Brown Ends.png Republican 2011
58 David Wood Ends.png Republican 2013
59 Mike Bernskoetter Ends.png Republican 2011
60 Jay Barnes Ends.png Republican 2011
61 Dave Schatz Ends.png Republican 2011
62 Thomas Hurst Ends.png Republican 2013
63 Bryan Spencer Ends.png Republican 2013
64 Robert Cornejo Ends.png Republican 2013
65 Anne Zerr Ends.png Republican 2009
66 Tommie Pierson Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
67 Steve Webb Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
68 Keith English Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
69 Margo McNeil Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
70 Bill Otto Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
71 Sue Meredith Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
72 Mary Nichols Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
73 Courtney Curtis Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
74 Sharon Pace Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
75 Rochelle Walton Gray Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
76 Joshua Peters Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
77 Kimberly Gardner Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
78 Penny Hubbard Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
79 Michael Butler Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
80 Mike Colona Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
81 Jacob Hummel Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
82 Michele Kratky Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
83 Gina Mitten Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
84 Karla May Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
85 Clem Smith Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
86 Rory Ellinger Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
87 Stacey Newman Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
88 Jill Schupp Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
89 John Diehl Ends.png Republican 2009
90 Rick Stream Ends.png Republican 2007
91 Jeanne Kirkton Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
92 Genise Montecillo Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
93 Bob Burns Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
94 Vicki Englund Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
95 Marsha Haefner Ends.png Republican 2011
96 Mike Leara Ends.png Republican 2009
97 John McCaherty Ends.png Republican 2011
98 Dwight Scharnhorst Ends.png Republican 2006
99 Andrew Koenig Ends.png Republican 2009
100 Sue Allen Ends.png Republican 2009
101 Don Gosen Ends.png Republican 2011
102 Kurt Bahr Ends.png Republican 2011
103 Doug Funderburk Ends.png Republican 2007
104 Kathie Conway Ends.png Republican 2011
105 Mark A. Parkinson Ends.png Republican 2008
106 Chrissy Sommer Ends.png Republican 2011
107 Ron Hicks Ends.png Republican 2013
108 Chuck Gatschenberger Ends.png Republican 2009
109 Paul Curtman Ends.png Republican 2011
110 Timothy Jones Ends.png Republican 2007
111 Michael Frame Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
112 Paul Wieland Ends.png Republican 2011
113 Jeff Roorda Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
114 T.J. McKenna Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
115 Elaine Gannon Ends.png Republican 2013
116 Kevin Engler Ends.png Republican 2013
117 Linda Black Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
118 Ben Harris Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
119 Dave Hinson Ends.png Republican 2011
120 Vacant
121 Keith Frederick Ends.png Republican 2011
122 Steve Lynch Ends.png Republican 2013
123 Diane Franklin Ends.png Republican 2011
124 Rocky Miller Ends.png Republican 2013
125 Warren Love Ends.png Republican 2013
126 Randy Pike Ends.png Republican 2013
127 Mike Kelley Ends.png Republican 2011
128 Sue Entlicher Ends.png Republican 2011
129 Sandy Crawford Ends.png Republican 2011
130 Jeffrey Messenger Ends.png Republican 2013
131 Sonya Anderson Ends.png Republican 2013
132 Charlie Norr Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
133 Eric Burlison Ends.png Republican 2009
134 Elijah Haahr Ends.png Republican 2013
135 Lincoln Hough Ends.png Republican 2011
136 Kevin Austin Ends.png Republican 2013
137 Lyndall Fraker Ends.png Republican 2011
138 Don Phillips Ends.png Republican 2011
139 Kevin Elmer Ends.png Republican 2011
140 Lynn Morris Ends.png Republican 2013
141 Tony Dugger Ends.png Republican 2009
142 Robert Ross Ends.png Republican 2013
143 Jeff Pogue Ends.png Republican 2013
144 Paul Fitzwater Ends.png Republican 2011
145 Shelley Keeney Ends.png Republican 2009
146 Donna Lichtenegger Ends.png Republican 2011
147 Kathryn Swan Ends.png Republican 2013
148 Holly Rehder Ends.png Republican 2013
149 Steve Hodges Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
150 Kent Hampton Ends.png Republican 2011
151 Dennis Fowler Ends.png Republican 2013
152 Todd Richardson Ends.png Republican 2011
153 Steve Cookson Ends.png Republican 2011
154 Shawn Rhoads Ends.png Republican 2013
155 Lyle Rowland Ends.png Republican 2011
156 Jeffrey Justus Ends.png Republican 2013
157 Mike Moon Ends.png Republican 2013
158 Scott Fitzpatrick Ends.png Republican 2013
159 Bill Lant Ends.png Republican 2011
160 Bill Reiboldt Ends.png Republican 2011
161 Bill White Ends.png Republican 2011
162 Charlie Davis Ends.png Republican 2011
163 Tom Flanigan Ends.png Republican 2009

Standing committees

The Missouri House of Representatives has 42 standing committees:


Partisan balance 1992-2013

Who Runs the States Project
See also: Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States and Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States, Missouri’’
Partisan breakdown of the Missouri legislature from 1992-2013

From 1992-2013, the Democratic Party was the majority in the Missouri State House of Representatives for the first 11 years while the Republicans were the majority for the last 11 years.

Across the country, there were 577 Democratic and 483 Republican State Houses of Representatives from 1992 to 2013.

Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states have divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.

The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Office of the Governor of Missouri, the Missouri State Senate and the Missouri House of Representatives from 1992-2013. Partisan composition of Missouri state government(1992-2013).PNG

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