The Missouri primary season is already underway with the election on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, fast approaching. The filing period for candidates seeking election ended on March 27, 2018. Many candidates filed for statewide and district wide seats including state auditor, United States senatorial and congressional terms. With five political parties in Missouri (Republican, Democratic, Libertarian, Green, and Constitution), there are many options from which to choose.
This year, there are significant decisions to be made that will impact our state and the nation for many years to come. From the balance of power in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, to the right-to-work issue, i.e., Prop A, many people are watching Missouri to see what kind of future we can hope for as the people choose from a crowded field and complicated issues.
We encourage you to use this information as a starting point to inform yourselves and others on issues and candidates so you can make a wise and informed decision. In an attempt to give a sense of the candidate’s positions and qualifications, we have chosen to highlight information from independent sources as well as the candidate’s own websites and information. Much of this information can be found on ballotpedia.org and votesmart.org. As always, time and space limit the amount of information that can be spent on each candidate; for some candidates, we have simply provided their websites for further information.
Every effort has been made to be fair and impartial in our presentation of candidates, as we do not and will not endorse any particular person or party. We are, however, focused on issues of faith, the economy and free market system, and education, which impact the family and the culture. Our focus and guide, therefore, in selecting information is based on the Constitution and the Author of Divine Providence on whose principles that document was created. With that in mind please use this information as a guide and then use the available resources to further inform your own judgment and decisions.
~~~ STATE AUDITOR ~~~
NICOLE GALLOWAY (Incumbent)
BIO: Born in St. Louis, Missouri, married and mother of two; Bachelor’s, Applied Mathematics/Economics, Missouri University of Science and Technology (2004); MBA, Accounting, University of Missouri (2008); received controversial appointment to her current position as state auditor in 2015 by Democratic Governor Jay Nixon. Appointment made to fill the position of Republican Auditor Tom Schweich who tragically died shortly after being elected in 2014. Current period of appointment filling Mr. Schweich’s position ends January 2019; Treasurer, Boone County (2011-2015); previous work includes actuarial analyst, auditor, corporate auditor, Secretary/Treasurer, Missouri Technology Corporation, and certified fraud examiner.
WEBSITE: https://nicolegalloway.com and http://www.auditor.mo.gov
KEVIN M. ROACH
BIO: Bachelor’s, Economics, Washington University (St. Louis); MBA, Forensic Accounting, Webster University; alderman, City of Ballwin, 2015-present; served as chair and president of Choose Life of Missouri (2005-2016). See website for additional information about candidate.
BIO: Born in Hannibal, Missouri; married father of two; no prior political experience found; BSA, Accounting, University of Missouri Columbia (1985); JD, Vanderbilt University Law School (1988); member of Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and board member of Boy Scouts of Greater St. Louis; former board member of the University of Missouri Board of Curators and Children’s Miracle Network; Of Counsel, Wasinger Daming Legal Consolidation (1991-present).
BIO: Born 4/21/1981 in Flint, Michigan, and now lives in Union, Missouri, with his wife and two children; BA, Political Science and Government, University of Missouri-St. Louis (2008); current Missouri State Representative since 2010; served on legislative committees including government accountability, government efficiency, special committee on homeland security, special committee on tax policy for working families and ways and means. Sergeant/Squad Recruiter, United States Marine Corps (1999-2003); Marines Reservist (2003- 2009); financial advisor and small business owner
Ratings and Endorsements: Missouri Right to Life 100% (2017); NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri 0% (2017); Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry 76% (2016); American Conservative Union 94% (2016);
BIO: Married, mother of five, lives in Jefferson City; JD, Law, Regents University School of Law; Bachelor’s, Philosophy, Politics Drake University; No prior political experience found; Technical Sergeant, U.S. Air Force (1999-2007); Attorney-at-Law beginning 2010 with Parmele Law Firm; Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Missouri Attorney General (2014-2017); Director of Enforcement, Missouri Secretary of State (2017-2018)
BIO: Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, on 1/8/1961 and lives in Kansas City, Missouri; BA, Finance/Business Administration, Hamline University, (1983); prior candidate for Missouri State House of Representatives (2010) and Missouri State Treasurer (2012); currently works as a software developer with Phoenix Web Group, Principal, HedgeLogic LLC, and director of information technology with U Incorporated; treasurer for Scarritt Renaissance Neighborhood Association and Missouri Libertarian Party
BIO: No prior political experience; PhD, Social Psychology, University of Texas at Austin (1974); worked as an instructor at Austin Community College, Maryville University, Harris-Stowe State University, St. Louis Community College, and Washington University in St. Louis; assistant professor at Southern Illinois University, Valparaiso University, and University of Missouri St Louis
BIO: No information found on candidate’s campaign for state auditor (2018). No Photo available.
WEBSITE: No website or social media campaign for state auditor candidacy.
~~~ U.S. SENATOR ~~~
CARLA (COFFEE) WRIGHT
BIO: Graduate of St. Louis Community College at Forest Park;9 no professional, or prior political experience found. Member, Universal African Peoples Organization (UAPO); see website for information on issues.
BIO: AA, Liberal Studies, St. Louis Community College (2015); no prior political experience found; works as a verification specialist, SERCO, Incorporated since 2016; no religious or civic memberships found. Endorsements include The Progressive Ballot: LegalizeMissouri; NCPF (National Coalition for a Progressive Future), Local Berniecrats.10
LEONARD JOSEPH STEINMAN II
BIO: Born in Jefferson City, Missouri; Catholic; education includes completion of coursework at Welding Technologies, Nichols Center (1984); candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010 and 2014; candidate for Missouri House of Representatives, 2008; current member of the Cole County Democratic Committee; served the Navy from 1971-1975; has worked owner/operator, instructor, and buyer.
WEBSITE: None found.
BIO: Previously a candidate for Missouri Senate (2000), U.S. House of Representatives (2002, 2004,2006, 2008). No photo available.
WEBSITE: None found.
BIO: Born in Guam on January 13, 1988; currently lives in Trenton, Missouri. Prior candidate for Missouri House (2012), U.S. House of Representatives (2016) and U.S. Senate (2018). No other professional experience or memberships found.
No biographical information or website found. No photo available.
CLAIRE MCCASKILL (Incumbent)
BIO: Born 7/24/1953 in Rolla, Missouri; Current United States Senator from Missouri; BS, Political Science, University of Missouri-Columbia (1975); JD, University of Missouri Law School, 1978; Missouri House of Representatives (1983-1988), ran for governor in Missouri in 2004, Missouri State Auditor 1999-2006; legislative committees include Armed Services, Finance, Homeland Security, and various other subcommittees; member, White House Commission for Drug Free Communities; prior work includes prosecutor, assistant prosecutor, and as clerk for the Missouri Court of Appeals (KC). Ballotpedia.org reports McCaskill’s net worth in 2012 as $20,969,104.11
ISSUES: Senator McCaskill voted “no” on the confirmation vote for Neil M. Gorsuch to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Voted against an amendment to repeal the ACA (OBAMACARE) on July 26, 2017. Voted against the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (HR 1) on December 20, 2017. In 2008, Senator McCaskill was an early supporter of Barack Obama who she endorsed for president over Hillary Clinton. In 2016, she endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. In 2018 alone, Claire McCaskill has raised over $17.5 million from contributors including Centene Corp. ($357,178), Washington University in St. Louis ($265,691) and the University of Missouri ($196,420).12
Ratings and Endorsements: Consistently endorsed by Planned Parenthood Action Fund (100%), NARAL Pro-Choice America (100%) but received a 0% rating from the National Right to Life Committee (2017-2018).13
WEBSITE: https://clairemccaskill.com and https://medium.com/@ mcCaskill4MO
BIO: Decorated veteran served as a B-52 bomber pilot; married; founder, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Johnson County, MO; Small business owner and assistant dean of aviation at the University of Central Missouri;2 BS, Political Science, U.S. Air Force (1987); Master’s degrees from Webster University (1993) and Air University (2002); no prior candidacies for political office; Endorsed by Sarah Palin. See candidate website for stands on issues including immigration reform, economy & jobs, healthcare, education, gun rights, and religion.
BIO: Born in Independence, Missouri; graduate, Missouri State University in Musical Theatre; candidate, President of the United States (2016); No religious, civic, or other organizational memberships found.3 Endorsements: Republican Liberty Caucus, Missouri State Representative Mark Matthiesen (District 70), and other former congressmen, and individuals.4
BIO: Josh currently holds the elected position of Attorney General for the state of Missouri. He is married and has two children; BA, History from Stanford University (2002); JD, Yale Law School (2006). He served as a Judicial Clerk in the Court of Appeal and the United States Supreme Court from 2007-2008. He has worked as an attorney from 2008 to 2011 and an associate professor of law at the University of Missouri, School of Law. Worked on the U.S. Supreme Court decision Burwell v. Hobby Lobby (2014); “Hawley was instrumental to obtaining the landmark victory that protects the religious liberty of all Americans”10
ISSUES: Supports Ethics Reform in Jefferson City that will include the AGs office; Pro Second Amendment; Pro-life; Protect Missouri farmers by stopping Obama’s “Clean Power Plan” in court; Opposes the EPA’s WOTUS rule; Fix the illegal immigration problem and border security problems; Stop frivolous lawsuits with Tort Reform; Defend Religious liberty and continue to push back on Obamacare.
Ratings and Endorsements: National Rifle Association 86% (2016); The Club for Growth (2018); Missouri Farm Bureau Federation (2017); Gun Owners of America (2016)
BIO: Grew up in Texas where he worked as a mechanic and helped run a vending type business to help pay for college; candidate, U.S. Senate (2016). BS, Mathematics from Texas A&M; high school math and computer science teacher; BA, Theology from Howard Payne. Worked as pastor for nearly ten years until 2008. He currently works as an assistant sales manager in Columbia, Missouri.5 See website for additional information.
BIO: Attended California School of Law (2014); BS, Political Science (Lincoln University) 2010; certified in Civil and Family Mediation (Missouri State University) 2009. No prior political experience found; no known religious or civic memberships.
BIO: From Independence, Missouri; Tea Party Organizer and previous candidate for U.S. Senate from Missouri in 2010 and 2016; has worked as a publisher, pastor, sales manager, and a small business owner; no religious or civic memberships found. See website for additional information.
BRADLEY KREMBS No information, photo or website available for this candidate.
BIO: Born in Blue Springs, Missouri; currently lives in Lee’s Summit with his wife and children; holds a bachelor’s degree and MD from the University of Missouri at Columbia. Website for this candidate goes to a site for “Jon Patterson for State Representative” with a “#2018.” The Secretary of State’s Office shows Ken Patterson with a home address in Eureka, Missouri, as a candidate for U.S. Senate from Missouri.6 The pictures of the candidate on his website and from votesmart.org appear to be for the same person. Ken Patterson is listed as candidate for U.S. Senate from Missouri and Jon Patterson is listed on the Secretary of State (Missouri) website as candidate for Missouri State Representative from District 30.7 A quick look at the candidate’s Facebook page (link found on the website) shows the candidate campaigning for state representative seat.
BRIAN G. HAGG
BIO: No information, photo or website available for this candidate.
BIO: Holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts (ALB) from Harvard (2014); no prior political experience; prior work experience includes intelligence analyst (U.S. Navy 2002-2011), defense analyst (Defense Intelligence Agency 2008-2011), corporate innovation and business development (2014-2015), military and veterans representative (U.S. Congress 2016-2017) and currently works as a managing director.8 See website for additional information
BIO: Former Alderman, City of Brentwood, Missouri; vice president of sales for Hilliker Corporation (1999-2016); independent real estate professional (2017-present). Member, Sunnyhill Incorporated board of directors (2008-present).
BIO: Born in Fort Smith, Arkansas; No prior political experience found; MS, Entertainment Business, Full Sail University; No professional experience found and no religious or civic memberships found. See website for more information.
BIO: See candidate Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ jocrainforussenate/ for information on issues and background.
WEBSITE: https://www.missourigreenparty.org/jo_crain_for_us_ senate
JEROME BAUER No substantive information, photo or website could be found for this candidate.
~~~ U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ~~~
1st Congressional District
BIO: Born in St. Louis; attended Harris-Stowe State University; RN, Lutheran School of Nursing (2008); prior candidate for U.S. Senate (2016); worked as a registered nurse, nursing supervisor, and radio host. Organizer of the Michael Brown Senior’s Chosen for Change Foundation; co-director of the Truth Telling Project; pastor, Kingdom Embassy International Church (2011-2014)
DEMARCO K. DAVIDSON
BIO: BS, Industrial Engineering, University of Missouri Rolla (2006); MDiv, Eden Theological Seminary (2018); Co-Op Process Engineer at Solae Company (2005-2006)
BIO: BS, Kinesiology and Exercise Science, Lindenwood University (2015); Graduated, Massage Therapy, Missouri College (2011)
WEBSITE: None found. Candidate can be found on LinkedIn.
LACY CLAY (Incumbent)
BIO: Born in St. Louis on 7/27/1956; married with two children; BS, Government/Politics, University of Maryland (1983); current U.S. House of Representatives since 2000; Missouri State Senator (1991- 2000); member of legislative committees including Financial Service, Natural Resources, Oversight and Government Reform, and other subcommittees.
Ratings and Endorsement: Planned Parenthood Action Fund 100% (2018); National Right to Life Committee 0% (2018); Club for Growth 5% (2017); Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council 25% (2015-2016)
WEBSITE: http://lacyclay.org and http://lacyclay.house.gov
BIO: Born 2/25/1959 in Chicago, now lives in Galena, Missouri. Holds a bachelors from Eastern Illinois University (1994); previously a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from Missouri in 2016 and 2018. See Facebook page below for campaign information.
BIO: Born 3-8-81, in St. Louis, Missouri, where he currently resides; holds bachelors in economics from Webster University (2007); previously ran for Missouri State House of Representatives in 2014 and U.S. House of Representatives in 2018. Worked as a financial officer from 2007-2010 and has been a business owner since 2010.
EDWARD L. VAN DEVENTER JR.
BIO: Born in Evansville, Indiana, 6/8/1941. Currently lives in St. Ann, Missouri. See campaign website for positions on the economy, free trade, balancing the budget, immigration reform and other issues.
ROBB E. CUNNINGHAM
BIO: Born in Overland, Missouri; prior candidate for Missouri State Senate (2004), U.S. House of Representatives (2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014), U.S. House of Representatives (2016); member of the Missouri Libertarian Executive Committee
2nd Congressional District
BIO: Born in St. Louis, Missouri; Master’s in Public Administration, George Washington University (2016), BA, English language and literature, University of Missouri at Columbia (2007); no prior political experience; served as field artillery officer in the U.S. Army from 2008 to 2014; currently works as civil affairs company commander for U.S. Army Reserve since 2017; recipient of the Bronze Star (2011). See campaign website for positions on issues.
Ratings and Endorsements: U.S. Senator Tammy Duckwork (D-IL), Mobilize Missouri, Distinction: Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate, VoteVets, and other democratic leaders and clubs. See website for more information.
(WILLIAM) BILL HAAS
BIO: Born in Cleveland, Ohio, on 9/30/1944. He currently lives in St. Louis; BA, English from Yale University (1966), JD, Harvard Law School (1972). Prior candidate for Missouri State House of Representatives (1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014), U.S. House of Representatives (2008, 2000, 2016), Missouri lieutenant governors office (2012) and office of mayor (St. Louis City); has practiced corporate law (1972-1991), taught law, government, and ethics/ business from 2000 to the present. See website for more information on issues listed there including income inequality, peace in the Mideast, money in politics, animal abuse on factory farms, public subsidies for business and more.
BIO: Born in Missouri and currently lives in Clayton, Missouri; BA, Government from Harvard University (2011); JD, Washington University (2014); intern, Senator Claire McCaskill (2012); intern, Judge Richard Teitelman, Missouri Supreme Court (2013); currently an associate with Gray, Ritter & Graham, PC since 2016; member of The Gathering United Methodist Church
WEBSITE: https://cortforcongress.com and https://www.facebook. com/cortforcongress/
BIO: Born 3/20/1967 in St. Louis, Missouri; BS, Aerospace Engineering from Parks College in St. Louis (1988), Master’s, Political Science from University of Missouri at Columbia (1993) and PhD, Political Science and Government, University of Missouri at Columbia (2001); has no prior political experience; professor of Political Science at St. Louis Community College since 2002.
WEBSITE: http://johnmessmer.org and https://www.facebook.com/ JohnMessmerForCongress/
ROBERT W. HAZEL
BIO: Born in Memphis, Tennessee; no prior political experience found. See candidate website for additional information on issues and positions.
ANN WAGNER (Incumbent)
BIO: Born 9/13/1962; married with three children and lives in Ballwin, Missouri; BSBA, University of Missouri at Columbia (1984); current Representative from Missouri (District 2) to the U.S. House of Representatives; served on several legislative committees in the U.S. House including Capital Markets, Securities, and Investment Subcommittee, Financial Services, Foreign Affairs, Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing, and other subcommittees; former U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg (2005-2010);
Ratings: Planned Parenthood Action Fund 0% (2018); National Right to Life 100% (2018); Council for Citizens Against Government Waste 96% (2017); Club for Growth 65% (2016); National Rifle Association 93% (2016); National Education Association 0% (2017)
Issues: Candidate official website lists eight main topics of interest: national security, jobs and the economy, illegal immigration, reining in government spending, fighting sex trafficking, supporting conservative values, protecting survivors of assault, and financial services (availability of saving and investment tools for all Americans). See website for further details.
WEBSITE: https://annwagner.com and https://wagner.house.gov
BIO: No prior political experience; MS, Kinesiology and Exercise Science from University of Illinois (2007), BA, Psychology and Statistics from Boston University (2005); Has worked as a web developer, marketing director, health coach, lifestyle consultant and is currently the owner of a small business and a strategic agent for Transamerica; has served as member of the Midwest Business Group on Health since 2011. See website and social media for more information on candidate and campaign.
WEBSITE: https://nogasachs.com and https://www.facebook.com/ noga4congress
LARRY A. KIRK
BIO: No substantive information found. See social media profiles for more information.
DAVID JUSTUS ARNOLD
BIO: BA, Biology, University of Kansas (1979); prior candidate for U.S. House of Representatives (2010 and 2016); works as an associate at Brilliant Data Limited since 1988. No religious or civic memberships found.
3rd Congressional District
BIO: Born in Bound County, Illinois, and attended Quincy University (Illinois); BS Chemistry (2004); MS, Chemistry from St. Louis University (2010); No prior political experience found. See website for additional information on issues.
JOHN KIEHNE Withdrew from election before primary.
BIO: No substantive information found on background, prior experience, or issues and endorsements, or picture.
BLAINE LUETKEMEYER (Incumbent)
BIO: Born 5/7/1952 in St. Elizabeth, Missouri; Married father of three; BA, Political Science, Lincoln University (1974); Missouri State House Representative (1999-2005); current U.S. House of Representatives since 2008; served on financial services and small business legislative committees and other subcommittees; prior to political service he worked as a bank examiner, director of the Missouri Division of Tourism, small business owner (insurance) and bank vice president; member of multiple religious and civic organizations including Knights of Columbus, Eldon Chamber of Commerce, Saint Elizabeth Care Center, Board of Trustees (Village of St. Elizabeth), and Mississippi Valley Flood Control Association.1
Ratings and Endorsements: Planned Parenthood Action Fund 0% (2018); National Right to Life Committee 100% (2018); Campaign for Working Families 100% (2018); ACLU 0% (2015-2016); Americans for Prosperity 86% (2017-2018); Heritage Action for America 70% (2017-2018); Eagle Forum 60% (2015-2016)
WEBSITE: http://www.blaineforcongress.com and https:// luetkemeyer.house.gov/contact
DONALD V. STOLLE
BIO: No substantive information found on political experience or issues. See social media campaign page for more information about candidate.
4th Congressional District
BIO: Born in Missouri and lives in Columbia, Missouri; BA, English, University of Missouri Columbia (1990); no prior political experience found; publisher, Showcase Magazines (2011-present); member, Sacred Heart Catholic Church
HALLIE J. THOMPSON
BIO: BS, Biochemistry, University of Missouri (2011); no prior political experience found; director of legislative affairs, National Association of Graduate professional Students (2015-2016); research network coordinator, Plant, Algae, and Microbial Metabolomics Coordination Network
BIO: Born 12/12/1953 in Kansas City, Missouri; Attended University of Missouri Kansas City and Missouri Police Academy; prior candidate for U.S. House of Representatives (2014, 2016); president, Jwinc Inc. (1985-2016); member Willow Creek Evangelical Friends Church, National Rifle Association
WEBSITE: http://johnwebbforcongress.com and social media
VICKY HARTZLER (Incumbent)
BIO: Born 10/13/1960 and lives in Harrisonville, Missouri; BS, Education, University of Missouri Columbia (1983); MS, Education, Central Missouri State University (1992); incumbent, U.S. House of Representatives (2010-present); member, legislative committees including agriculture and armed services, and several subcommittees; spokesman, Coalition to Protect Marriage in Missouri (2004); teacher; co-owner, Hartzler Equipment Company
Ratings and Endorsements: Planned Parenthood Action Fund 0% (2018); National Right to Life Committee 100% (2017-2018); Americans for Prosperity 100% (2017-2018); Heritage Action for America 67% (2017- 2018)
WEBSITE: http://www.vickyhartzler.com and http://hartzler.house.gov
BIO: No substantive information or website found for candidate.
MARK BLISS: No substantive information found
5th Congressional District
EMANUEL CLEAVER, II (Incumbant)
BIO: Married with four children; born 10/26/1944 in Waxahachie, Texas; BS, Sociology, Prarie View Agricultural and Mechanical University (1972); member, Kansas City, City Council (1979-1991); mayor, Kansas City, Missouri; incumbent, United States House of Representatives (2004-present); member, financial services legislative committee; senior pastor, St. James United Methodist Church (1969- 2005); founder, Southern Christian Leadership Conference (Kansas City)
Ratings and Endorsements: Planned Parenthood Action Fund 100% (2018); National Right to Life Committee 0% (2017-2018); United States Chamber of Commerce 44% (2017); Americans for Prosperity 0% (2017-2018)
WEBSITE: http://cleaverforcongress.com/home.php/# and https:// cleaver.house.gov
BIO: Married with three children and lives in Independence, Missouri; no substantive information found.
BIO: Lives in Lee Summit, Missouri; BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Missouri Kansas City (1982); prior candidate for U.S. House of Representatives (2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016); United States Marine Corps (1974-1977); president, owner of Jacob Turk Enterprises; member, Lee’s Summit Community Church
RICHMOND OAKS No substantive information or website found.
ALEXANDER HOWELL No substantive information or website found.
BIO: BS, Chemistry, University of Tennessee; MS, Chemistry and Physics, University of Wisconsin; PhD, Plasma Physics, University of Wisconsin; vice-chair, Missouri Liberty Party (2008); prior candidate for U.S. Senate (2010) and Missouri Secretary of State (2012); employee of Rockwell Labs Ltd (1998-present)
WEBSITE: none found
MAURICE COPELAND No substantive relevant information or website found.
E.C. FREDLAND No substantive information or website found.
6th Congressional District
BIO: MA, Education, University of Missouri Kansas City (1990); prior candidate for Missouri State House of Representatives (2014); author, “Edutopia, A Manifesto for the e Reform of Public Education”; owner, song writer, Winston Apple Productions (1999-present); member, Sierra Club; founder, Populists in Action (2015); inductee, Kansas Music Hall of Fame (2015);
HENRY ROBERT MARTIN
BIO: Bachelor’s, Mathematics Education, Lincoln, University (1998); Master’s Secondary Education, Lincoln University (2001); Graduate, Administrative Leadership, Walden University Online (2011); U.S. Army (1988-1992); principal, assistant principal; math teacher (2014-present); recipient of multiple military ribbons and medals
ED ANDRES No photo or substantive information found. WEBSITE: http://www.andresforcongress.com
SAM GRAVES (Incumbent)
BIO: Born 11/07/1963 in Tarkio, Missouri; married with three children; BS, Agronomy, School of Agriculture, University of Missouri Columbia
(1986); Representative, Missouri State House of Representatives (1992-1994); Senator, Missouri State Senate (1994-2000); incumbent, U.S. House of Representatives (2000-present); member, legislative committees on armed services and other subcommittees; member, First Baptist Church
Ratings and Endorsements: NARAL Pro-Choice America 0% (2016); The Club for Growth 76% (2017); American Civil Liberties Union 11% (2015-2016)
WEBSITE: http://www.gravesforcongress.com and http://graves. house.gov
BIO: Born 4/8/1981 in Huntsville, Alabama; lives in St. Peters, Missouri with wife and one child; faith, non-denominational deist; BS, Ashworth College (2009); AAS, Health Care Management (2009); Continuing Ed Cert, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Kansas State University (2011); BASc, Management, Peru State College (2013); MS, Organizational Management, Peru State College, (2016); prior candidate for U.S. House of Representatives (2016); sergeant, United States Army (2009-2012); conductor, Union Pacific Railroad (2013- 2014); conductor, Amtrak, (2014-present)
7th Congressional District
BIO: Born in Lexington, Missouri and lives in Marionville, Missouri; BS, Economics, Missouri State University (1996); prior candidate for Missouri State House (1998, 2014)
WEBSITE: none found
JOHN FARMER DE LA TORRE
BIO: Bachelor’s, Foreign Service, Georgetown University; Master’s, Journalism, University of Missouri Columbia (2015); no prior political experience; managing editor, Ozark Bohemian Network (2014-present); On-Air Talent, KSGF (2017-present)
JAMIE DANIEL SCHOOLCRAFT
BIO: Born 12/6/1975 in Houston, Texas; married with three children and lives in Willard, Missouri; graduate, University of Missouri Kansas City (1997); Master’s, Missouri State University (2013); prior candidate for Missouri House of Representatives (2006); mayor, City of Willard (2007-2011); teacher, fireman, paramedic, medical officer; no religious or civic memberships found
BIO: Served in the United States Army; no other relevant or substantive information or photo found
BILLY LONG (Incumbent)
BIO: Born 8/11/1955 in Springfield, Missouri; married, two children; graduate, Missouri Auction School (1979); legislative committee member, energy and commerce and other subcommittees; former talk radio host; former owner of Billy Long Auctions LLC; member, First and Calvary Presbyterian Church.
Ratings and Endorsements: Planned Parenthood Action Fund 0% (2018); National Right to Life committee 100% (2017-2018); United States Chamber of Commerce 93% (2017); Americans for Prosperity 100% (2017-2018)
WEBSITE: https://billylongforcongress.com and http://long.house. gov
LANCE NORRIS No photo, substantive information or website found.
BENJAMIN HOLCOMB No photo, substantive information or website found.
BIO: Born 7/12/1948 in Springfield, Missouri; married (Terri); MA, Mathematics, Missouri State University (1972); prior candidate for U.S. House of Representatives (2012, 2014); beef cattle farmer, property manager, real estate investor, and teacher; United States Army; volunteer, Meals on Wheels
BENJAMIN T. BRIXEY
No photo or substantive relevant information found. Candidate for this office in 2016.
8th Congressional District
BIO: Lives in Festus, Missouri with her wife Ann; BS, Administration of Justice from University of Missouri St Louis; MSW, Washington University; licensed psychotherapist, Certified Reciprocal Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and Experiential Therapist III ; member, board of health center (since 2011); See website for more information
JASON SMITH (Incumbdnt)
BIO: Born 6/16/1980 in Salem, Missouri; BS, Agriculture Economics, Business Administration, University of Missouri Columbia (2001); Representative, Missouri House of Representatives (2005-2013); Majority Whip (2011-2013); current member, Missouri Farm Bureau; incumbent, U.S. House of Representatives, (2013-present); legislative committee member, Ways and Means, Budget; member of various other subcommittees; former attorney, real estate agent; member and Sunday school teacher, Grace Community Church
Ratings and Endorsements: Planned Parenthood Action Fund 4% (2018); National Right to Life Committee 100% (2017-2018); Americans for Prosperity 94% (2017-2018); The John Birch Society 705 (2017-2018); National Education Association (NEA) 0% (2017); Gun Owners of America 90% (2015-2016); National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws 17% (2015-2016)
WEBSITE: http://electjasonsmith.com and http://jasonsmith.house. gov
JONATHAN L. SHELL
BIO: Born in Fredericktown, Missouri. No substantive information or website found.
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