Missouri ALEC Politicians

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For a list of politicians with known ALEC ties, please see ALEC Politicians.

This is a partial list of Missouri politicians that are known to be involved in, or previously involved in, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). It is a partial list. (If you have additional names, please add them with a citation. The names in this original list were verified as of posting.)

Legislators who have cut ties with ALEC publicly are also listed here.

Missouri Legislators with ALEC Ties

House of Representatives

  • Rep. Vic Allred (R-13), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1]
  • Rep. Dorthy (Dottie) Bailey (R-110), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1], celebrated as a part of "women of #ALEC19in19" campaign on Twitter, [2]
  • Rep. Ben Baker (R- );State Chairman, Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1]
  • Rep. Jason Chipman (R-120), registered member
  • Rep. Phil Christofanelli (R-105), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1], registered member
  • Rep. Sandy Crawford (R-119); Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force[3]
  • Rep. Bruce DeGroot (R-101), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1], [4] June 4, 2018 ALEC Legislator of the week[5]
  • Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-98)[6]
  • Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-134)[7]
  • Rep. Justin Hill (R-108), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1]; State Chairman[8]
  • Rep. Barry Hovis (R-146), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1]
  • Rep. David Gregory (R-99), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1]
  • Rep. Derek Grier (R-100), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1]
  • Rep. David Griffith (R-60), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1]
  • Rep. Jim Murphy (R-194), attended 46th Annual ALEC meeting[9][1]
  • Rep. Don Rone (R-149)[10]
  • Rep. Lyle Rowland (R-155)[11]
  • Rep. Cody Smith (R-163), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1][12]
  • Rep. Kathy Swan (R-147), registered member
  • Rep. Chrissy Sommer (R-106)[11]
  • Rep. Bryan Spencer (R-63)[11]
  • Rep. Nick Schroer (R-107)[12]
  • Rep. Dan Stacy (R-31), registered member
  • Rep. Jered Taylor (R-139)[12][10]
  • Rep. Cheri Toalson (R-44)[10]
  • Rep. Curtis Trent (R-133), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1], registered member
  • Rep. Rob Vescovo (R-112), registered member
  • Rep. John Wiemann (R-103), disclosed $1,499.25 in expenses to attend the ALEC States and Nation Policy Summit in Phoenix, AZ on December 5, 2015[13]

Senate

  • Sen. Ed Emery (R-126), Attended 2019[1] and 2020[14] ALEC Annual Meetings, State Chair[15][16], State Chairman,[17][18] attended 2013 ALEC Annual Meeting,[19] attended a steakhouse dinner paid for by lobbyists at the 2014 ALEC meeting that was the subject of a Missouri Ethics Commission report.[20][21]
  • Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-21)[22][10]
  • Sen. Andrew Koenig (R-15), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1]; Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force[23]
  • Sen. Bob Onder (R-02)[24] Spoke at the 2018 ALEC conference, Named Legislator of the week Aug 20, 2018[25][1]
  • Sen. David Sater (R-29)[11]
  • Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-27); [26] attended a steakhouse dinner paid for by lobbyists at the 2014 ALEC meeting that was the subject of a Missouri Ethics Commission report.[20][21]
  • Sen. Paul Wieland (R-22), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1][27][10]
  • Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer (R-34)[28]

Former Representatives

Former Senators

  • Sen. Brian D. Nieves (R-98)[16]; Civil Justice Task Force[37]
  • Sen. Mike L. Parson (R-28); Public Safety and Elections Task Force[34]
  • Sen. David Pearce (R-21)[11]
  • Sen. John Lamping (R-24)[11]
  • Former Sen. Jason Crowell (R-27)[11]
  • Former Sen. Jane D. Cunningham (R-7); Education Task Force.[33] Between 2001-2010, Cunningham attended more than 30 ALEC board meetings and conferences, with ALEC providing more than $33,000 in travel expenses, according to Progress Missouri.[27]
  • Former State Sen. and later U.S. Rep. Pat Danner (R)[11]
  • Former Senate Majority Leader Ronnie DePasco [42]
  • Former Sen. Steven E. Ehlman (R), currently County Executive, St. Charles County. [43]
  • Former Sen. Jack Goodman (R-29) (Assistant Majority Floor Leader), spoke on "Saving Dollars and Protecting Communities: State Successes in Corrections Policy" at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[50] (ineligible to run for reelection in 2012; ran for presiding judge of the 39th judicial circuit and won)
  • Former Sen., now U.S. Rep. Sam Graves (R-6)[11]
  • Former Sen. John Griesheimer (R-26); Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force[41]
  • Former Sen. Chuck Gross (R-23),[11] now vice president at UMB Bank
  • Lt. Governor Peter Kinder (R), attended 2013 ALEC annual meeting,[19] former chair of ALEC Education Task Force (named in 1996)[51]
  • Former Sen. David Klindt (R),[11] now vice president of and lobbyist for the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives[52]
  • Former Sen. Jim Lembke (R-1); International Relations Task Force[36]
  • Former Sen. John Loudon (R-Chesterfield),[11] briefly attempted lobbying, then worked briefly for homebuilding contractors group in California and, with his wife Gina Loudon, was on "Wife Swap" in March 2013[53]
  • Former Sen. Robert Mayer (R-25); Civil Justice Task Force[37] (ineligible to run for reelection in 2012; ran for presiding judge of the 35th judicial circuit and won)
  • Former Sen. Gary Nodler (R-32)[11]
  • Former Sen. Luann Ridgeway (R-17),[11] now Clay County Eastern Commissioner
  • Sen. Dan Brown (R-16)[11]
  • Sen. Bob Dixon (R-30)[11]
  • Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-18)[11]
  • Sen. Ron Richard (R-129); Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force[3][10]
  • Sen. Jay Wasson (R-20)[11]

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