Missouri House of Representatives
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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 8, 2016|
|November 6, 2018|
|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||101|
|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||Dwight Scharnhorst||Lindell Shumake|
|Agri-Business||Casey Guernsey||Kent Hampton|
|Agriculture Policy||Bill Reiboldt||Jay Houghton|
|Budget||Rick Stream||Tom Flanigan|
|Children and Families||Sheila Solon||Kurt Bahr|
|Corrections||Paul Fitzwater||Rick Brattin|
|Crime Prevention and Public Safety||Dave Hinson||Kathie Conway|
|Downsizing State Government||Paul Curtman||Mike Kelley|
|Economic Development||Anne Zerr||Jeanie Lauer|
|Elections||Sue Entlicher||Myron Neth|
|Elementary and Secondary Education||Steve Cookson||Jay Barnes|
|Emerging Issues in Agriculture||Delus Johnson||Lyle Rowland|
|Ethics||John Diehl||Rory Ellinger|
|Financial Institutions||Tony Dugger||Wanda Brown|
|Fiscal Review||Marsha Haefner||Rob Vescovo|
|General Laws||Caleb Jones||Todd Richardson|
|Government Oversight and Accountability||Jay Barnes||Mark Parkinson|
|Health Care Policy||Keith Frederick||Diane Franklin|
|Health Insurance||Chris Molendorp||Donna Lichtenegger|
|Higher Education||Mike Thomson||Keith Frederick|
|Insurance Policy||Vacant (Don Gosen resigns)||Paul Wieland|
|International Trade||John McCaherty||T.J. Berry|
|Issue Development Standing Committee on Missouri Ports||Paul Wieland||John McCaherty|
|Issue Development Standing Committee on Workers Freedom||Holly Rehder||Donna Lichtenegger|
|Judiciary||Stanley Cox||Kevin Elmer|
|Leadership for Missouri Issue Development||Mark Parkinson||Mike Cierpiot|
|Local Government||Chuck Gatschenberger||Ronald Schieber|
|Missouri Sportsman Issue Development||Eric Burlison||Linda Black|
|Oral Health Issue Development||Donna Lichtenegger||Jeanne Kirkton|
|Professional Registration and Licensing||Robert Ross||Steve Helms|
|Retirement||Mike Leara||Bill White|
|Rules||Jeanie Riddle||Caleb Jones|
|Small Business||Noel Torpey||Gary L. Cross|
|Special Standing Committee on Corrections||Paul Fitzwater||Rick Brattin|
|Special Standing Committee on Emerging Issues in Health Care||Todd Richardson||Eric Burlison|
|Special Standing Committee on Small Business||Noel Torpey||Gary L. Cross|
|Tourism and Natural Resources||Don Phillips||Jay Houghton|
|Transportation||Dave Schatz||Lincoln Hough|
|Urban Issues||Bruce Franks, Jr.||Raychel Proudie|
|Utilities||Doug Funderburk||Dave Schatz|
|Veterans||Charlie Davis||Sheila Solon|
|Ways and Means||Andrew Koenig||Galen Higdon|
|Wetlands Management Issue Development||Kevin Elmer||Lincoln Hough|
|Workforce Development and Workplace Safety||Bill Lant||Lyndall Fraker|
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||Rick Stream||Tom Flanigan|
|Appropriations - Agriculture and Natural Resources||Craig Redmon||Lincoln Hough|
|Appropriations - Education||Mike Lair||Lyle Rowland|
|Appropriations - General Administration||Mark Parkinson||Chrissy Sommer|
|Appropriations - Health, Mental Health, and Social Services||Sue Allen||Noel Torpey|
|Appropriations - Infrastructure and Job Creation||Chris Kelly||Lincoln Hough|
|Appropriations - Public Safety and Corrections||Marsha Haefner||Kathie Conway|
|Appropriations - Revenue, Transportation, and Economic Development||Denny Hoskins||Bart Korman|
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 Capital Improvements and Leases Oversight
- Joint Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect
- Joint Committee on Corrections
- Joint Committee on Education
- Joint Committee on Gaming and Wagering
- Joint Committee on Government Accountability
- Joint Committee on Legislative Research
- Joint Committee on Life Sciences
- Joint Committee on Missouri's Promise
- Joint Committee on MO Health Net
- Joint Committee on Public Employee Retirement
- Joint Committee on Tax Policy
- Joint Committee on Transportation Oversight
- Joint Legislative Committee on Court Automation
- Joint Review Committee on Downtown and Rural Economic Stimulus Act
- Missouri Job Training Joint Legislative Oversight Committee
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. 
- Missouri House of Representatives
- "Missouri House of Representatives". House.mo.gov. Retrieved August 13, 2017.