Missouri House of Representatives
The Missouri House of Representatives is the lower chamber of the Missouri General Assembly. It has 163 members, representing districts with an average size of 37,000 residents. House members are elected for two-year terms during general elections held in even-numbered years.
Missouri House of Representatives
|Missouri General Assembly|
|4 terms (8 years)|
New session started
|January 9, 2019|
Length of term
|Authority||Article III, Missouri Constitution|
|Salary||$35,915/year + per diem|
|November 6, 2018|
|November 3, 2020|
|House of Representatives Chamber|
Missouri State Capitol
Jefferson City, Missouri
|Missouri House of Representatives|
In 1992 Missouri approved a constitutional amendment providing term limits (previously there were no limits). No Representative may serve more than eight years in the House. Each candidate for the office must be at least twenty-four years old, a registered qualified voter in the state for at least two years, and a resident of his or her district for at least one year.
Missouri's house is the fourth largest in the United States although the state ranks 18th in population. Legislation was introduced in 2011 to cut its size to 103 in 2020. Larger legislatures in the United States are New Hampshire (400), Pennsylvania (203) and Georgia (180).
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
|End 2016 session||115||45||1||161||2|
|Begin 2017 session||117||46||0||163||0|
|January 9, 2017||116||162||1|
|May 31, 2017||45||161||2|
|June 2, 2017||115||160||3|
|August 8, 2017|
|September 18, 2017||114||159||4|
|September 20, 2017||113||158||5|
|October 19, 2017||112||157||6|
|November 7, 2017||46||158||5|
|February 6, 2018||115||47||162||1|
|March 18, 2018||114||47||161||2|
|Latest voting share||70.81%||29.19%|
|Speaker of the House||Elijah Haahr||Rep||134|
|Speaker Pro Tempore||John Wiemann||Rep||103|
|Majority Leader||Rob Vescovo||Rep||112|
|Assistant Majority Floor Leader||J. Eggleston||Rep||002|
|Majority Whip||Steve Lynch||Rep||122|
|Caucus Chair||Sonya Anderson||Rep||131|
|Caucus Secretary||Chris Dinkins||Rep||144|
|Minority Leader||Crystal Quade||Dem||132|
|Assistant Minority Floor Leader||DaRon McGee||Dem||36|
|Minority Whip||Brandon Ellington||Dem||22|
|Caucus Chair||Tommie Pierson, Jr.||Dem||66|
|Caucus Secretary||Barbara Anne Washington||Dem||23|
Members of the Missouri House of RepresentativesEdit
- ↑: Member was first elected in a special election
These are the yearly recurring committees that hold hearings on legislation filed by Representatives. Once filed, legislation is assigned to one of the following committees by the Missouri Speaker of the House. Legislation is typically assigned to the committee whose province envelopes the subject matter of the bill. However, there are frequently multiple relevant committees to which a bill can be assigned, and it is at the Speaker's discretion to choose which committee receives the bill. Politics can also play a part, as the Speaker may assign a bill he or she wants to fail to a committee with an unfriendly chair or membership, or may select a more friendly committee if he or she wishes the bill to pass.
The partisan makeup of each committee is intended to reflect as closely as possible the partisan makeup of the entire House. Each Party caucus selects which of its members will serve on the Standing Committees, and the Chair of each committee is chosen by the Speaker of the House.
|Administration and Accounts||Glen Kolkmeyer||Tom Hurst|
|Agriculture Policy||Don Rone||Rick Francis|
|Budget||Cody Smith||David Wood|
|Children and Families||Sheila Solon||Jim Neely|
|Conference on Budget||Cody Smith|
|Consent and House Procedure||Donna Pfautsch||Nick Schroer|
|Conservation and Natural Resources||Tim Remole||Randy Pietzman|
|Corrections and Public Institutions||Shane Roden||Jim Hansen|
|Crime Prevention and Public Safety||Kenneth Wilson||Andrew McDaniel|
|Downsizing State Government||Jered Taylor||Randy Pietzman|
|Economic Development||Derek Grier||Jeff Coleman|
|Elections||Dan Shaul||Peggy McGaugh|
|Elementary and Secondary Education||Rebecca Roeber||Chuck Basye|
|Ethics||J. Eggleston||Gina Mitten|
|Financial Institutions||Jack Bondon||Bruce DeGroot|
|Fiscal Review||Dan Houx||David Gregory|
|General Laws||Dean Plocher||Jered Taylor|
|Health Care Policy||Mike Stephens||Lynn Morris|
|Higher Education||Dean Dohrman||Elaine Gannon|
|Insurance Policy||Noel J Shull||Dave Muntzel|
|Judiciary||David Gregory||Bruce DeGroot|
|Local Government||Tom Hannegan||Craig Fishel|
|Pensions||Patricia Pike||Rusty Black|
|Professional Registration and Licensing||Robert Ross||Steve Helms|
|Rules – Administrative Oversight||Holly Rehder||Sheila Solon|
|Rules – Legislative Oversight||Rocky Miller||Phil Christofanelli|
|Transportation||Becky Ruth||Nate Tate|
|Utilities||Travis Fitzwater||Bill Kidd|
|Veterans||Chuck Basye||Dave Griffith|
|Ways and Means||Chrissy Sommer||Phil Christofanelli|
|Workforce Development and Workplace Safety||Kathryn Swan||Mike Henderson|
Budget Committee and SubcommitteesEdit
Tradition in the Missouri General Assembly is that all appropriations bills initiate in the Missouri House rather than the Senate. So each year, the Chair of the House Budget Committee files legislation establishing the spending plan for the state of Missouri. This plan, which in 2007 exceeded $20 billion, may differ greatly from the Governor's budget recommendations, issued at the State of the State address given in late January.
The budget legislation is assigned to the House Budget Committee, which then assigns each bill to its respective subcommittee. After the subcommittee makes its recommendations, the full Budget Committee runs through the entire appropriations package, makes its desired changes, and sends the bill to the full House for consideration.
|Budget||Cody Smith||David Wood|
|Appropriations – Agriculture, Conservation, Natural Resources, and Economic Development||Hannah Kelly||Greg Sharpe|
|Appropriations – Education||Rusty Black||Brenda Shields|
|Appropriations – General Administration||Curtis Trent||Brad Hudson|
|Appropriations – Health, Mental Health, and Social Services||David Wood||Jonathan Patterson|
|Appropriations – Public Safety, Corrections, Transportation and Revenue||Sara Walsh||Lane Roberts|
Joint Committees contain members from both the Missouri House and Senate. These committees may be permanent and study ongoing issues, or may be temporary and intended to come up with suggested legislation to address a one-time issue. The Chair of these committees typically alternates annually between a Representative and a Senator to prevent unfairness to one chamber.
Joint Committee List
- Joint Committee on Administrative Rules
- Joint Committee on Capitol Security
- Joint Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect
- Joint Committee on Disaster Preparedness and Awareness
- Joint Committee on Education
- Joint Committee on Government Accountability
- Joint Committee on the Justice System
- Joint Committee on Legislative Research (three subcommittees)
- Joint Committee on the Life Sciences
- Joint Committee on Public Assistance
- Joint Committee on Public Employee Retirement
- Joint Committee on Tax Policy
- Joint Committee on Transportation Oversight
In 1992 Missouri voters approved a constitutional amendment placing term limits on the Missouri House of Representatives. A Representative can serve no more than four two-year terms in the house. The first time term limits prevented someone from running again was in 2002.
As of March 2008, members of the Missouri House of Representatives receive an annual salary of $35,915.44.
Past composition of the House of RepresentativesEdit
- FAQs, Missouri House of Representatives
- "termlim". House.mo.gov. Retrieved April 5, 2011.
- CHRIS BLANK/The Associated Press. "Missouri Senate OKs shrinking number of House members". Columbia Missourian. Retrieved April 5, 2011.
- brenda erickson (October 11, 2007). "Population and Size of Legislature". Ncsl.org. Retrieved April 5, 2011.
- Republican Caleb Jones (District 50) resigned to join the Eric Greitens administration.
- Democrat Randy Dunn (District 23) resigned to move to Omaha.
- Republican Tila Hubrecht (District 151) resigned to return to private life.
- Republican Sara Walsh elected to succeed Jones. Republican Sandy Crawford (District 129) elected to the Missouri Senate.
- Republican John McCaherty (District 97) resigned to focus on a run for Jefferson County executive.
- Republican Paul Fitzwater (District 144) resigned to take a new state job.
- Republican Joe Don McGaugh (District 39) resigned to become a state judge.
- Democrat Barbara Anne Washington and Republican Herman Morse elected to succeed Dunn and Hubrecht respectively. Republican Mike Cierpot elected to the Missouri Senate. (
- Republicans Peggy McGaugh, Jeff Knight and Chris Dinkins elected to succeed McGaugh, Crawford and Fitzwater, respectively. Democrat Mike Revis elected to succeed McCaherty. 
- Republican Cloria Brown died. 
- "Leadership". Missouri House of Representatives. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
- Missouri House of Representatives
- "Missouri House of Representatives". House.mo.gov. Retrieved August 13, 2017.