Ken Rothman

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Kenneth J. Rothman (born October 11, 1935) is an American lawyer and politician from Missouri. He served as the 41st Lieutenant Governor of Missouri from 1981 to 1985.

Rothman was born and raised in St. Louis and attended public schools. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with an A.B. in history and political science and also received his law degree from Washington University.

Rothman served in the Missouri Air National Guard from 1953 to 1962 and was called to active duty during the Berlin Crisis of 1961. He worked as a prosecutor for St. Louis County before entering private law practice. Rothman's political career began with his election to the Missouri House of Representatives in 1962 representing the Clayton area. He was re-elected eight times. In 1973 he was chosen as Majority Leader and in 1976 he became Speaker of the House.

In 1980 Rothman was elected Lieutenant Governor, defeating Roy Blunt. In 1984, he was the Democratic nominee for Governor of Missouri but was defeated by Republican John Ashcroft.

He currently serves of counsel to the law firm of Capes, Sokol, Goodman and Sarachan PC.

Rothman's ex-wife, Geri Rothman-Serot, was the Democratic nominee for the United States Senate against Kit Bond in 1992. His son Daniel J. Rothman is an attorney in Des Moines Iowa.


Political offices
Preceded by
Bill Phelps
Lieutenant Governor of Missouri
Succeeded by
Harriett Woods
Preceded by
Richard J. Rabbitt
Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives
1977– 1980
Succeeded by
Bob F. Griffin