Betty Cooper Hearnes

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Betty Cooper Hearnes
Betty Cooper Hearnes.jpg
Member of the Missouri House of Representatives
from the 160th district
In office
First Lady of Missouri
In role
January 11, 1965 – January 8, 1973
Governor Warren Hearnes
Preceded by Geraldine Dalton
Succeeded by Carolyn Reid
Personal details
Born Betty Sue Cooper
(1927-07-24) July 24, 1927 (age 90)
Brinkley, Arkansas, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Warren Hearnes (1948–2009)
Education Southeast Missouri State University
Central College, Arkansas
Baylor University
University of Missouri, Columbia (BS)

Betty Sue Hearnes (née Cooper; born July 24, 1927) is a Democratic American politician from Missouri.[1]

She married Warren Hearnes, a recent West Point graduate, in 1947, while he was on leave from the Army, and was his partner throughout his career, including his two terms as Governor of Missouri and the federal investigations of his conduct by the Nixon White House, until his death in August 2009.[2]

She was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives from Charleston in 1979, in a special election. She was re-elected in 1980, 1982, 1984, and 1986.[3]

In 1988 she was the Democratic nominee for governor and lost to John Ashcroft.[4] Ashcroft received 64 percent of the vote in the general election—the largest landslide for Missouri governor since the Civil War.[5] She lost bids to return to the state house in 1990, the Missouri State Senate in 1992 and state house in 1998.[6]

In 2005, both Warren and Betty Hearnes were awarded the Edwin P. Hubble Medal of Initiative during the Charleston Dogwood-Azalea Festival. The medal was presented by a delegation of citizens from Marshfield, Missouri. The medal is the city of Marshfield's highest honor and is named for a native son.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Our Campaigns - Candidate - Betty Hearnes". 
  2. ^ Keller, Rudi."Hearnes remembered as 'outstanding' governor" Archived 2009-09-01 at the Wayback Machine., Southeast Missourian, August 18, 2009.
  3. ^ IT, Missouri Secretary of State -. "Missouri Legislators H". 
  4. ^ "UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION FORM SB-2 Mid American Alliance Corporation - January 1, 2001". 
  5. ^ Marie Marmo Mullaney. Biographical directory of the governors of the United States, 1988-1994, Greenwood Press (February 28, 1994); ISBN 0-313-28312-5
  6. ^ "Our Campaigns - Candidate - Betty Hearnes". 
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Geraldine Dalton
First Lady of Missouri
Succeeded by
Carolyn Reid
Party political offices
Preceded by
Ken Rothman
Democratic nominee for Governor of Missouri
Succeeded by
Mel Carnahan