Kurt Schaefer

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Kurt Schaefer
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Member of the Missouri Senate
from the 19th district
In office
2008 -
Personal details
Born (1965-10-27) October 27, 1965 (age 49)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Stacia Schaefer
Residence Columbia, Missouri, U.S.
Alma mater University of Missouri
Profession Lawyer
Religion Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Kurt Schaefer (born October 27, 1965) is a Republican member of the Missouri Senate, representing the 19th District since 2009.[1] He is currently running for Missouri Attorney General in 2016.[2]

Legal Career[edit]

Kurt Schaefer practices law as a partner in the law firm of Lathrop & Gage LLP, focusing on litigation, environmental, health care, administrative, business and public utilities law.[3]

Schaefer previously served as general counsel and deputy director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, special counsel to the Governor, special counsel to the Missouri Department of Agriculture, Missouri assistant attorney general and special assistant United States attorney general.[4]

As general counsel and deputy director at DNR, he was responsible for the State’s Environmental Regulatory and Enforcement Agency, which managed the state’s 83 state parks and historic sites.[5]

Among other career highlights, Schaefer oversaw the emergency response and cleanup of the destruction caused by AmerenUE’s Taum Sauk Reservoir failure in December, 2005, negotiating a settlement for the state’s natural resource damages of Johnsons Shut-Ins State Park valued at $179 million.[6]

Political Career[edit]

Kurt Schaefer was elected to represent the 19th Senate District of Missouri in 2008 in a hotly contested election where he defeated incumbent Democratic Senator Chuck Graham.[7] In the Senate, Schaefer serves at the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and serves on the Senate Committees on Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence and Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy and the Environment.[8]

Schaefer proposed a budget for 2016 that would cut funding to those with disabilities, the mentally ill, in-home care for senior citizens, and foster care.[9] Schaefer's budget was opposed by the Republican leadership in the state legislature. [10] Schaefer characterized criticism by the Republican leadership as "background noise." [11]

Schaefer also finds the Kansas model of taxation compelling; this model has been pushed by Rex Sinquefield and governor Sam Brownback of Kansas. The model is predicted to lead to a two billion dollar shortfall in the Kansas budget over 2015 and 2016. It has also led to the projection of sharp cuts in higher education in Kansas. [12]

Schaefer has campaigned against the influence of lobbyists on politicians, yet he, his family, and staff received the largest amount of money from lobbyists in the Missouri State Legislature in 2014. [13] In 2015, he proposed a bill that would cut funding to the Medicaid health program for the poor, food stamps, in-home and community services for people with disabilities and foster care for children.[14]

In the legislature, Schaefer sponsored a measure dubbed Amendment Five that was approved by voters by a wide margin in August 2014. The amendment severely restricts the state’s ability to limit gun ownership.[15] A Missouri judge has ruled that the amendment permits felons to own guns, despite Schaefer’s assurances that the bill was well written and would not permit this interpretation. [16] When asked if he would do anything to ensure that violent felons do not possess firearms, he chose to let the courts handle the issue.[17] A fellow Republican legislator has proactively proposed a bill to limit guns for violent offenders.

Schaefer also proposed a bill (SB 248) that permits religious student organizations on college campuses to receive public funds, though they refuse to abide by a non-discrimination clause regarding sexual preference. [18]


He and his wife Stacia have three children: Max, Wolfgang, and Lena, and live in Columbia, Missouri.


  • Official Manual, State of Missouri, 2009-2010. Jefferson City, MO:Secretary of State.
  1. ^ http://www.columbiatribune.com/local/politics/election_2012/19th_senate_district/still-schaefer-offer-sharp-contrast/article_f2a9bc23-d233-53ec-8b9c-8618d2724fc0.html
  2. ^ Keller, Rudi. "Sen. Kurt Schaefer plans run for Missouri Attorney General". Columbia Daily Tribune. 
  3. ^ "Kurt U. Schaefer". Lathrop & Gage. 
  4. ^ "Kurt U. Schaefer". Lathrop & Gage. 
  5. ^ "Senator Kurt Schaefer Biography". Missouri State Senate. 
  6. ^ "Kurt U. Schaefer". Lathrop & Gage. 
  7. ^ "Kurt Schaefer: Growing Momentum". The Missouri Times. 
  8. ^ "Senator Kurt Schaefer Biography". Missouri State Senate. 
  9. ^ http://www.news-leader.com/story/opinion/2015/04/14/missouri-senate-budget-plan-crisis-making-poor/25777863/
  10. ^ http://politicmo.com/2015/04/16/kurt-schaefers-budget-plan-opposed-by-republican-legislative-leaders/
  11. ^ https://twitter.com/eyokley/status/589078320744046593
  12. ^ http://m.cjonline.com/news/2015-03-05/brownback-takes-tax-cut-message-missouri#gsc.tab=0
  13. ^ https://twitter.com/ssnich/status/562633346917081088
  14. ^ http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article17613590.html#storylink=cpy
  15. ^ http://ballotpedia.org/Missouri_Right_to_Bear_Arms,_Amendment_5_(August_2014)
  16. ^ Patrick, Robert; Stucky, Alex (28 February 2015). "St. Louis judge permits a felon to own a firearm, citing newly-enacted Amendment 5". St Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved 3 March 2015. 
  17. ^ http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/M/MO_FELON_GUN_RIGHTS_MOOL-?SITE=MODEX&SECTION=STATE&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT
  18. ^ http://www.senate.mo.gov/15info/bts_web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&BillID=1174594

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