Jay Wasson

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Jay Wasson
Jay Wasson Missouri Politician.jpg
Member of the Missouri Senate
from the 20th district
In office
Member of the Missouri House of Representatives
from the 141st district
In office
Personal details
Born (1956-10-24) October 24, 1956 (age 58)
Springfield, Missouri
Political party Republican
Profession Real estate developer

Jay Wasson (born October 24, 1956) is a first-term Republican member of the Missouri Senate representing the 20th district. Previously, Wasson served four terms in the Missouri House of Representatives (2002–2010).[1]

Personal history[edit]

Born in nearby Springfield, Jay Wasson was raised in Nixa, Missouri. His ancestors settled in Nixa in 1867.[2] After graduation from Nixa High School in 1974 Wasson attended Drury College.[3] When not involved with his legislative duties Senator Wasson works as a real estate developer. He is also a company officer for St. John's Health Systems, Inc. Wasson and his wife Retha live in Nixa.[2]

Political history[edit]

Wasson followed in his mothers footsteps as he entered politics. Edna Wasson had served as Nixa's first female mayor and son Jay was mayor from 1997 to 2002.[1] Jay Wasson first entered statewide politics in 2002, winning the first of four consecutive terms to the Missouri House of Representatives. Term limited by Missouri law from running for Representative again, Wasson mounted a successful campaign in 2010 for the Missouri Senate, defeating Democrat Terry Traw to replace term limited Senator Dan Clemens.[4][5]

Missouri 20th District State Senate Election 2010
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Jay Wasson 60,614 77.9% Winner
Democratic Terry Traw 17,175 22.1%

During the 96th General Assembly Senator Wasson will serve on the following committees:

  • Vice-Chairman, Financial and Governmental Organizations and Elections Committee.
  • Progress and Development Committee.
  • Small Business, Insurance & Industry Committee.
  • Transportation Committee.


  1. ^ a b "Missouri House of Representatives". House.mo.gov. 1956-10-24. Retrieved 2011-01-29. 
  2. ^ a b "Senator Jay Wasson". Senate.mo.gov. Retrieved 2011-01-29. 
  3. ^ "Project Vote Smart - Senator Jay Wasson - Biography". Votesmart.org. 1956-10-24. Retrieved 2011-01-29. 
  4. ^ : October 20, 2010 (2010-10-20). "Traw, Wasson square off in 20th District | Greene County Democratic Central Committee". Gcmodemocrats.org. Retrieved 2011-01-29. 
  5. ^ http://www.sos.mo.gov/enrweb/raceresults.asp?eid=300&oid=67722&arc=