Missouri House of Representatives

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Missouri House of Representatives
Missouri General Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Term limits
4 terms (8 years)
New session started
January 7, 2015
John Diehl, Jr. (R)
since January 7, 2015
Speaker pro Tempore
Denny Hoskins[1] (R)
since January 7, 2015
Majority Leader
Todd Richardson (R)
since January 7, 2015
Minority Leader
Jacob Hummel (D)
since January 7, 2015
Seats 163
Missouri state legislature diagram house of representatives.svg
Political groups

Governing party

Opposition party

Length of term
2 years
Authority Article III, Missouri Constitution
Salary $35,915/year + per diem[2]
Last election
November 4, 2014
(163 seats)
Next election
November 1, 2016
(163 seats)
Redistricting Legislative Control
Meeting place
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House of Representatives Chamber
Missouri State Capitol
Jefferson City, Missouri
Missouri House of Representatives

The Missouri House of Representatives is the lower chamber of the Missouri General Assembly. It has 163 members, representing districts with an average size of 31,000 residents. House members are elected for two-year terms during general elections held in even-numbered years.

In 1992 Missouri approved a constitutional amendment providing term limits (previously there were no limits).[3] No Representative may serve more than eight years in the House. Each candidate for the office must be at least twenty-four years old, a registered qualified voter in the state for at least two years, and a resident of his or her district for at least one year.[4]

Missouri's house is the fourth largest in the United States although the state ranks 18th in population. Legislation was introduced in 2011 to cut its size to 103 in 2020. Bigger legislatures in the United States are New Hampshire (400), Pennsylvania (203) and Georgia (180).[5][6]


Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Republican Democratic Independent Vacant
Begin[7] 117 45 162 1
January 27, 2015[8] 117 44 1 162 1
Latest voting share 71.78% 26.99% 0.61% 99.39% 0.61%



Position Name Party District
Speaker of the House John Diehl Rep 89
Speaker Pro Tem Denny Hoskins Rep 54[1]
Majority Leader Todd Richardson Rep 152
Assistant Majority Floor Leader Mike Cierpiot Rep 30
Majority Whip Delus Johnson Rep 9
Caucus Chair Shelley Keeney Rep 145
Caucus Secretary Mike Bernskoetter Rep 59
Minority Leader Jacob Hummel Dem 81
Assistant Minority Floor Leader Gail McCann Beatty Dem 26
Minority Whip John Rizzo Dem 19
Caucus Chair Gina Mitten Dem 83
Caucus Vice-Chair John Carpenter Dem 15
Caucus Secretary Karla May Dem 84

Members of the Missouri House of Representatives, 2013–2015[edit]

District Representative Party Residence
1 Mike Thomson Rep Maryville
2 Casey Guernsey Rep Bethany
3 Nate Walker Rep Kirksville
4 Craig Redmon Rep Canton
5 Lindell Shumake Rep Hannibal
6 Tim Remole Rep Excello
7 Mike Lair Rep Chillicothe
8 Jim Neely Rep Cameron
9 Delus Johnson Rep St. Joseph
10 Pat Conway Dem St. Joseph
11 Galon Higdon Rep Weston
12 Kenneth Wilson Rep Smithville
13 Nick Marshall Rep Parkville
14 Ronald Schieber Rep Riverside
15 Jon Carpenter Dem Gladstone
16 Noel Shull Rep Gashland
17 Myron Neth Rep Liberty
18 Jay Swearingen Dem North Kansas City
19 John Rizzo Dem Kansas City
20 John Mayfield Dem Independence
21 Ira Anders Dem Independence
22 Brandon Ellington Dem Kansas City
23 Randy Dunn Dem Kansas City
24 Judy Morgan Dem Kansas City
25 Jeremy LaFaver Dem Kansas City
26 Gail McCann Beatty Dem Kansas City
27 Bonnaye Mims Dem Kansas City
28 Tom McDonald Dem Independence
29 Vacant (was Noel Torpey)[10] Rep Independence
30 Mike Cierpiot Rep Lee's Summit
31 Sheila Solon Rep Blue Springs
32 Jeanie Lauer Rep Blue Springs
33 Donna Pfautsch Rep Harrisonville
34 Jeff Grisamore Rep Lee's Summit
35 Gary L. Cross Rep Lee's Summit
36 Kevin McManus Rep Kansas City
37 Joe Runions Dem Grandview
38 TJ Berry Rep Excelsior springs
39 Joe Don McGaugh Rep Carrolton
40 Jim Hansen Rep Frankford
41 Ed Schieffer Dem Troy
42 Bart Korman Rep High Hill
43 Jay Houghton Rep Martinsburg
44 Caleb Rowden Rep Columbia
45 Chris Kelly Dem Columbia
46 Stephen Webber Dem Columbia
47 John Wright Dem Rocheport
48 Dave Muntzel Rep Boonville
49 Jeanie Riddle Rep Mokane
50 Caleb Jones Rep California
51 Dean Dohrman Rep LaMonte
52 Stanley Cox Rep Sedalia
53 Glen Kolkmeyer Rep Wellington
54 Denny Hoskins Rep Warrensburg
55 Rick Brattin Rep Harrisonville
56 Chris Molendorp Rep Belton
57 Wanda Brown Rep Lincoln
58 David Wood Rep Versailles
59 Mike Bernskoetter Rep Jefferson City
60 Jay Barnes Rep Jefferson City
61 Dave Schatz Rep Sullivan
62 Tom Hurst Rep Meta
63 Bryan Spencer Rep Wentzville
64 Robert Cornejo Rep St. Peters
65 Anne Zerr Rep St. Charles
66 Tommie Pierson Dem St. Louis
67 Alan Green Dem Florissant
68 Keith English Ind Florissant
69 Margo McNeil Dem Florissant
70 Bill Otto Dem St. Charles
71 Sue Meredith Dem St. Louis County
72 Mary Nichols Dem Maryland Heights
73 Courtney Allen Curtis Dem Berkely
74 Sharon Pace Dem Northwoods
75 Rochelle Walton Gray Dem Black Jack
76 Joshua Peters Dem St. Louis
77 Kimberly Gardner Dem St. Louis
78 Penny Hubbard Dem St. Louis
79 Michael Butler Dem St. Louis
80 Mike Colona Dem St. Louis
81 Jacob Hummel Dem St. Louis
82 Michele Kratky Dem St. Louis
83 Gina Mitten Dem St. Louis
84 Karla May Dem St. Louis
85 Clem Smith Dem St. Louis
86 Vacant (was Rory Ellinger)[11] Dem University City
87 Stacey Newman Dem St. Louis
88 Jill Schupp Dem Creve Coeur
89 John Diehl Rep Town and Country
90 Rick Stream Rep Kirkwood
91 Jeanne Kirkton Dem Webster Groves
92 Genise Montecillo Dem St. Louis
93 Bob Burns Dem St. Louis
94 Vicki Englund Dem St. Louis
95 Marsha Haefner Rep St. Louis
96 Mike Leara Rep St. Louis
97 John McCaherty Rep High Ridge
98 Dwight Scharnhorst Rep Manchester
99 Andrew Koenig Rep Manchester
100 Sue Allen Rep Ballwin
101 Don Gosen Rep Chesterfield
102 Kurt Bahr Rep St. Charles
103 John Wiemann Rep St. Peters
104 Kathie Conway Rep St. Charles
105 Mark Parkinson Rep St. Charles
106 Chrissy Sommer Rep St. Charles
107 Ron Hicks Rep St. Peters
108 Chuck Gatschenberger Rep Lake St. Louis
109 Paul Curtman Rep Pacific
110 Tim Jones Rep Eureka
111 Michael Frame Dem Sullivan
112 Paul Wieland Rep Imperial
113 Jeff Roorda Dem Barnhart
114 TJ McKenna Dem Festus
115 Elaine Gannon Rep DeSoto
116 Kevin Engler Rep Farmington
117 Linda Black Rep Desloge
118 Ben Harris Dem Hillsboro
119 Dave Hinson Rep St. Clair
120 Shawn Sisco Rep
121 Keith Frederick Rep Rolla
122 Steve Lynch Rep Waynesville
123 Diane Franklin Rep Camdenton
124 Rocky Miller Rep Tuscumbia
125 Warren Love Rep Osceola
126 Vacant (was Randy Pike)[12] Rep Adrian
127 Mike Kelley Rep Lamar
128 Sue Entlicher Rep Bolivar
129 Sandy Crawford Rep Buffalo
130 Jeffrey Messenger Rep Republic
131 Sonya Anderson Rep Springfield
132 Charlie Norr Dem Springfield
133 Eric Burlison Rep Springfield
134 Elijah Haahr Rep Springfield
135 Lincoln Hough Rep Springfield
136 Kevin Austin Rep Springfield
137 Lyndall Fraker Rep Marshfield
138 Don Phillips Rep Kimberling City
139 Kevin Elmer Rep Nixa
140 Lynn Morris Rep Nixa
141 Tony Dugger Rep Hartville
142 Robert Ross Rep Yukon
143 Jeff Pogue Rep Salem
144 Paul Fitzwater Rep Potosi
145 Shelley Keeney Rep Marble Hill
146 Donna Lichtenegger Rep Jackson
147 Kathryn Swan Rep Cape Girardeau
148 Holly Rehder Rep Sikeston
149 Steve Hodges Dem East Prairie
150 Kent Hampton Rep Salem
151 Tila Hubrecht Rep Dexter
152 Todd Richardson Rep Poplar Bluff
153 Steve Cookson Rep Fairdealing
154 Shawn Rhoads Rep West Plains
155 Lyle Rowland Rep Cedar Creek
156 Jeffery Justus Rep Branson
157 Mike Moon Rep Ash Grove
158 Scott Fitzpatrick Rep Shell Knob
159 Bill Lant Rep Joplin
160 Bill Reiboldt Rep Neosho
161 Bill White Rep Joplin
162 Charlie Davis Rep Webb City
163 Tom Flanigan Rep Carthage

Standing Committees[edit]

These are the yearly recurring committees that hold hearings on legislation filed by Representatives. Once filed, legislation is assigned to one of the following committees by the Missouri Speaker of the House. Legislation is typically assigned to the committee whose province envelopes the subject matter of the bill. However, there are frequently multiple relevant committees to which a bill can be assigned, and it is at the Speaker's discretion to choose which committee receives the bill. Politics can also play a part, as the Speaker may assign a bill he or she wants to fail to a committee with an unfriendly chair or membership, or may select a more friendly committee if he or she wishes the bill to pass.

The partisan makeup of each committee is intended to reflect as closely as possible the partisan makeup of the entire House. Each Party caucus selects which of its members will serve on the Standing Committees, and the Chair of each committee is chosen by the Speaker of the House.

Standing Committee List
Committee[13] Chair Vice-Chair
Administration and Accounts Dwight Scharnhorst Lindell Shumake
Agri-Business Casey Guernsey Kent Hampton
Agriculture Policy Bill Reiboldt Jay Houghton
Budget Rick Stream Tom Flanigan
Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities Jeff Grisamore Kurt Bahr
Corrections Paul Fitzwater Rick Brattin
Crime Prevention and Public Safety Dave Hinson Kathie Conway
Downsizing State Government Paul Curtman Mike Kelley
Economic Development Anne Zerr Jeanie Lauer
Elections Sue Entlicher Myron Neth
Elementary and Secondary Education Steve Cookson Jay Barnes
Emerging Issues in Agriculture Delus Johnson Lyle Rowland
Ethics John Diehl Rory Ellinger
Financial Institutions Tony Dugger Wanda Brown
Fiscal Review Tom Flanigan Marsha Haefner
General Laws Caleb Jones Todd Richardson
Government Oversight and Accountability Jay Barnes Mark Parkinson
Health Care Policy Keith Frederick Diane Franklin
Health Insurance Chris Molendorp Donna Lichtenegger
Higher Education Mike Thomson Keith Frederick
Insurance Policy Don Gosen Paul Wieland
International Trade John McCaherty T.J. Berry
Issue Development Standing Committee on Missouri Ports Paul Wieland John McCaherty
Issue Development Standing Committee on Workers Freedom Holly Rehder Donna Lichtenegger
Judiciary Stanley Cox Kevin Elmer
Leadership for Missouri Issue Development Mark Parkinson Mike Cierpiot
Local Government Chuck Gatschenberger Ronald Schieber
Missouri Sportsman Issue Development Eric Burlison Linda Black
Oral Health Issue Development Donna Lichtenegger Jeanne Kirkton
Professional Registration and Licensing Eric Burlison Kevin Elmer
Retirement Mike Leara Bill White
Rules Jeanie Riddle Caleb Jones
Small Business Noel Torpey Gary L. Cross
Special Standing Committee on Corrections Paul Fitzwater Rick Brattin
Special Standing Committee on Emerging Issues in Health Care Todd Richardson Eric Burlison
Special Standing Committee on Small Business Noel Torpey Gary L. Cross
Special Standing Committee on Urban Issues Penny Hubbard Nick Marshall
Tourism and Natural Resources Don Phillips Jay Houghton
Transportation Dave Schatz Lincoln Hough
Urban Issues Penny Hubbard Nick Marshall
Utilities Doug Funderburk Dave Schatz
Veterans Charlie Davis Sheila Solon
Ways and Means Andrew Koenig Galen Higdon
Wetlands Management Issue Development Kevin Elmer Lincoln Hough
Workforce Development and Workplace Safety Bill Lant Lyndall Fraker

Budget Committee and Subcommittees[edit]

Tradition in the Missouri General Assembly is that all appropriations bills initiate in the Missouri House rather than the Senate. So each year, the Chair of the House Budget Committee files legislation establishing the spending plan for the state of Missouri. This plan, which in 2007 exceeded $20 billion, may differ greatly from the Governor's budget recommendations, issued at the State of the State address given in late January.

The budget legislation is assigned to the House Budget Committee, which then assigns each bill to its respective subcommittee. After the subcommittee makes its recommendations, the full Budget Committee runs through the entire appropriations package, makes its desired changes, and sends the bill to the full House for consideration.

Budget Committee List[13]
Committee Chair Vice-Chair
Budget Rick Stream Tom Flanigan
Appropriations - Agriculture and Natural Resources Craig Redmon Lincoln Hough
Appropriations - Education Mike Lair Lyle Rowland
Appropriations - General Administration Mark Parkinson Chrissy Sommer
Appropriations - Health, Mental Health, and Social Services Sue Allen Noel Torpey
Appropriations - Infrastructure and Job Creation Chris Kelly Lincoln Hough
Appropriations - Public Safety and Corrections Marsha Haefner Kathie Conway
Appropriations - Revenue, Transportation, and Economic Development Denny Hoskins Bart Korman

Joint Committees[edit]

Joint Committees contain members from both the Missouri House and Senate. These committees may be permanent and study ongoing issues, or may be temporary and intended to come up with suggested legislation to address a one-time issue. The Chair of these committees typically alternates annually between a Representative and a Senator to prevent unfairness to one chamber.

Joint Committee List[13]

  • Joint Committee on Administrative Rules
  • Joint Committee on Capital Improvements and Leases Oversight
  • Joint Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Joint Committee on Corrections
  • Joint Committee on Education
  • Joint Committee on Gaming and Wagering
  • Joint Committee on Government Accountability
  • Joint Committee on Legislative Research
  • Joint Committee on Life Sciences
  • Joint Committee on Missouri's Promise
  • Joint Committee on MO Health Net
  • Joint Committee on Public Employee Retirement
  • Joint Committee on Tax Policy
  • Joint Committee on Transportation Oversight
  • Joint Legislative Committee on Court Automation
  • Joint Review Committee on Downtown and Rural Economic Stimulus Act
  • Missouri Job Training Joint Legislative Oversight Committee

Term Limits[edit]

In 1992 Missouri voters approved a constitutional amendment placing term limits on the Missouri House of Representatives. A Representative can serve no more than four two-year terms in the house. The first time term limits prevented someone from running again was in 2002.


As of March 2008, members of the Missouri House of Representatives receive an annual salary of $35,915.44.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Hoskins wins Speaker Pro Tem role in caucus election". The Missouri Times. 17 August 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  2. ^ FAQs, Missouri House of Representatives
  3. ^ "termlim". House.mo.gov. Retrieved April 5, 2011. 
  4. ^ http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/info/1821.pdf
  5. ^ CHRIS BLANK/The Associated Press. "Missouri Senate OKs shrinking number of House members". Columbia Missourian. Retrieved April 5, 2011. 
  6. ^ brenda erickson (October 11, 2007). "Population and Size of Legislature". Ncsl.org. Retrieved April 5, 2011. 
  7. ^ Repuplican Noel Torpey (HD-29) resigned in December 2014, before the start of the session.
  8. ^ Former democrat Keith English of Florissant files to be an Independent.
  9. ^ http://www.house.mo.gov/houseleadership.aspx
  10. ^ District 29 is currently vacant
  11. ^ District 86 is currently vacant
  12. ^ Mo. State Rep. Randy Pike Dies, September 20, 2014
  13. ^ a b c Missouri House of Representatives
  14. ^ "Missouri House of Representatives". House.mo.gov. Retrieved April 5, 2011. 

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