Andrew Koenig (politician)

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Andrew Koenig
Member of the Missouri House of Representatives
from the 99th district
Assumed office
2013
Preceded by Mike Sutherland
Member of the Missouri House of Representatives
from the 88th district
In office
2009–2013
Preceded by Neal C. St. Onge
Succeeded by Jill Schupp
Personal details
Born (1982-12-21) December 21, 1982 (age 35)
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Brooke Koenig
Children Jeremiah Koenig
Isaac Koenig
Gideon Koenig
Residence Manchester, Missouri
Alma mater Lindenwood University
Occupation Small Business Owner
Insurance Adjuster
Owner of a construction company which focus' on roofing and painting
Website Campaign Website

Andrew P. Koenig (born December 21, 1982) is an American small business owner and politician and a Republican member of the Missouri House of Representatives.[1] He represented 88th district from 2009-2012, and currently represents the 99th district, which includes Manchester, Valley Park, Twin Oaks, and parts of Fenton from 2013 to current.[2]

Early life and career[edit]

Koenig graduated from Marquette High School, which is in Chesterfield, in 2001.[2] He later when to Lindenwood University with a scholarship in cross country.[3] He majored in Business Administration and Minored in philosophy.[3]

He has co-owned a paint company with his father since 1997.[3] He is also the owner of a construction company which focuses on roofing and painting. In addition, he is also a licensed insurance adjuster.[2]

Political career[edit]

In 2008 Koenig successfully ran to represent the 88th district in the Missouri House of Representatives.[4] In the Republican primary he defeated Shamed Dogan and Chris Howard with 44.4% of the vote.[5] Koenig was unopposed in the general election.[4] In his 2010 reelection campaign he was opposed in the primary by Ryan B. Meyer.[6] He won the primary with 88.4% of the vote and then was unopposed in the general election.[6] He was one of 35 state representatives to sign a "no new taxes" pledge.[7] He won a third term in 2012 with 59.2% of the vote, against Democrat William Pinkston.[8] He won a fourth term in 2014 with 63.5% of the vote, against Democrat William Pinkston.[9]

Committee assignments[edit]

  • Ways and Means Committee (Chairman)
  • Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Financial Institutions
  • Select Committee on taxation and financial institutions

Promoting Creation Science/Intelligent Design in Public Schools[edit]

Representative Koenig has made several legislative attempts to inject creation science into the public school Science curricula, specifically in the fields of Biology and Chemistry. On 15 May 2015, the Koenig-sponsored House Bill No. 486 was allowed to die in committee after the Legislature adjourned. Bill No. 486, which was introduced as an Amendment to Section A. Chapter 170, RSMo in the First Regular Session of the 98th General Assembly of the Missouri State House of Representatives, proposed allowing teachers the freedom to introduce "differences of opinion about controversial issues, including biological and chemical evolution."[10] Key to this provision was language preventing responsible educational authorities from intervening in the teaching of creationist ideals disguised as legitimate scientific inquiry.

According to the National Center for Science Education, Koenig was the sponsor of similar bills, namely: HB 1587 in 2014, HB 179 in 2013, HB 1276 in 2012, and HB 195 in 2011. All failed. Koenig also cosponsored House Bill 1472 in 2014, requiring equal time for "intelligent design" in Missouri's public schools, including introductory courses at colleges and universities. He cosponsored the similar HB 291 in 2013 and HB 1227 in 2012; both failed.

Electoral history[edit]

2014 General Election for Missouri’s 99th District House of Representatives
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Andrew Koenig 6,961 63.5
Democratic William Pinkston 3,996 36.5
2012 General Election for Missouri’s 99th District House of Representatives
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Andrew Koenig 10,755 59.2
Democratic William Pinkston 7,405 40.8
2010 General Election for Missouri’s 88th District House of Representatives
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Andrew Koenig 10,582 98.0
2008 General Election for Missouri’s 88th District House of Representatives
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Andrew Koenig 14,814 97.9

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