Brad Lager

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Brad Lager
Member of the Missouri Senate
from the 12th district
In office
Preceded by David Klindt
Succeeded by Dan Hegeman
Member of the Missouri House of Representatives
from the 4th district
In office
2003 - 2007
Personal details
Born (1975-06-20) June 20, 1975 (age 42)
Maryville, Missouri
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Stephanie
Residence Savannah, Missouri
Alma mater Northwest Missouri State University
Occupation Politician

Brad Ronald Lager (born July 20, 1975, in Maryville, Missouri) is a Republican politician from the state of Missouri. He is a former member of the Missouri Senate from the 12th District as well as a former member of the Missouri House of Representatives and former candidate for State Treasurer in 2008. Lager ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for Missouri Lieutenant Governor in 2012.[1]

Personal life and education[edit]

Brad Lager is a lifelong resident of northwest Missouri. After graduation from Northeast Nodaway High School (Ravenwood) in 1993,[2] he attended Northwest Missouri State University. Lager graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in computer management systems in 1997. During his three years between college and running for political office, Lager worked for Northwest Missouri Cellular as General Manager.

Lager was the owner of the now dissolved LMS Communications [2] and is a co-owner of Lager Car Wash.[3] Lager currently works as a senior strategic analyst in health e-services for Cerner Corporation, a large healthcare information technology company.[4] Senator Lager and his wife Stephanie reside near Savannah, Missouri with their son and daughter.[5]

Political career[edit]

Brad Lager's career in politics began in 2001, at age 25, when he was elected to the Maryville City Council, becoming the city's youngest councilmember ever.[6] Shortly thereafter, in 2002, Lager was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives from the 4th District after defeating Democrat Larry Dougan.[7] He would run unopposed for reelection in 2004. Brad Lager moved from the House to the Missouri Senate in 2006 after defeating Democrat James W. Neely by over 11,000 votes.[8] Lager ran statewide for Treasurer in 2008 and lost to Democrat Clint Zweifel.[3][permanent dead link] Zweifel beat out Lager with over 50-percent of the votes.[4][permanent dead link] Lager would run unopposed in 2010 to win reelection to his State Senate seat.

Political controversies[edit]

Senator Lager has been accused of favoring a major contributor - Premium Standard Farms - over his own constituents.[9]

According to the Missouri Ethics Commission, as a state senator, Senator Lager received two $100,000.00 donations from two contributors on September 28, 2010 and September 30, 2010.[10] Additionally, Lager's bid for Lieutenant Governor has been largely funded by two prominent Republican donors, The Humphreys Family (Tamko Building Products). Together and through their respective businesses,Humphreys have donated about $700,000 to Lager's campaign.[11][12] In 2005, Lager was removed as Chairman of the House Budget Committee. Then Speaker of the House Rod Jetton stripped Lager of his chairmanship for Lager's refusal to work with Republican leadership to craft a consensus budget. Jetton cited "differences in priorities" in his decision to remove Lager.[13]

Statewide campaigns[edit]

In 2008 Senator Lager mounted an unsuccessful campaign for Missouri State Treasurer. After running unopposed in the August Republican primary, Brad Lager lost the November general election to Democratic nominee, State Representative Clint Zweifel.[14][15] On November 14, 2011 Brad Lager announced his candidacy for Missouri Lieutenant Governor in 2012. He narrowly lost the GOP primary to the incumbent, Peter Kinder. Lager is term-limited by Missouri law from running for his State Senate seat again.[16]

Election results[edit]

Missouri 4th District State Representative, 2002
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Brad Lager 6,341 53 Winner
Democratic Larry Dougan 5,617 47
Missouri 12th District State Senate, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Brad Lager 36,481 59.2 Winner
Democratic James W. Neely 25,136 40.8
Missouri State Treasurer, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Clint Zweifel 1,394,627 50.5 Winner
Republican Brad Lager 1,302,625 47.1


  1. ^ "Lager enters GOP race for Missouri lieutenant governor". The Kansas City Star website. 2011-11-14. Retrieved 2011-11-16. 
  2. ^ "Biography for Senator Lager". Missouri State Senate website. Retrieved 2011-11-16. 
  3. ^ "Brad Lager Summary". Project Vote Smart website. 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-17. 
  4. ^ "Forty under 40". Ingram's Business Magazine online. 2010. Archived from the original on 2012-05-02. Retrieved 2011-11-17. 
  5. ^ "About Brad". Brad Lager for Lieutenant Governor website. Archived from the original on 2012-07-14. Retrieved 2011-11-16. 
  6. ^ "Senator Lager Biography". Missouri State Senate website. 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-17. 
  7. ^ "2002 Missouri Election Results". Missouri Secretary of State online archives. 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-17. 
  8. ^ "2006 Missouri Election Results". Missouri Secretary of State online archives. 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-17. 
  9. ^ "Brad Lager gets his pork butt handed to him by angry Savannah residents". Brad Lager gets his pork butt handed to him by angry Savannah residents website. 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  10. ^ "Missouri Ethics Commission – COMMITTEE DISCLOSURE REPORT". Missouri Ethics Commission. 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  11. ^ "January Quarterly". 
  12. ^ "April Quarterly". 
  13. ^ "Missouri House Budget chairman ousted". 
  14. ^ "Zweifel prepares to 'hit the ground running' as state treasurer", November 11, 2008. [1]
  15. ^ "Official Election Returns". 
  16. ^ "Lager enters GOP race for lieutenant governor:Who's next?". St. Louis Post-Dispatch online. 2011-11-14. Retrieved 2011-11-17. 
  • Official Manual, State of Missouri, 2005-2006. Jefferson City, MO: Secretary of State.