Chuck Purgason

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Senator Purgason in January, 2011

Chuck Purgason (born May 19, 1960) is an American politician from the state of Missouri. A Republican, he has been a member of the Missouri Senate since 2004. Purgason was an unsuccessful candidate for United States Senate in 2010 losing the Republican primary to then-U.S. Congressman Roy Blunt.

Purgason was born in West Plains, Missouri, and graduated from West Plains High School in 1978. He is married to Janet Purgason and they have three children: Robert, Tracey, and Cory. He is the founder and owner of Ozark Awards, Ozark Wings Hatchery and Hunting Preserve, and is a resident of Caulfield, Missouri. .

He is a member of the

  • First Baptist Church;
  • Laclede County Drug Issues Task Force;
  • West Plains, Mountain View, and Willow Springs Chambers of Commerce;
  • National Federation of Independent Business;
  • Missouri Bowhunters Association;
  • National Wild Turkey Federation;
  • Ducks Unlimited;
  • Missouri Cattleman's Association.

He was a member of the Missouri House of Representatives from 1996 through 2004, serving as his party's Majority Whip. He was first elected to the Missouri State Senate in 2004. He serves on the following committees:

  • Pensions, Veterans' Affairs and General Laws (vice chair)
  • Agriculture, Conservation, Parks and Natural Resources
  • Appropriations
  • Gubernatorial Appointments
  • Committee for the Development of Tourism


  • Official Manual, State of Missouri, 2005-2006. Jefferson City, MO: Secretary of State.