Clint Zweifel

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Clint Zweifel
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45th Treasurer of Missouri
In office
January 12, 2009 – January 9, 2017
Governor Jay Nixon
Preceded by Sarah Steelman
Succeeded by Eric Schmitt
Personal details
Born (1973-11-03) November 3, 1973 (age 43)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Janice Smith
Children 2
Education University of Missouri, St.
Louis
(BA, MBA)

Clint Zweifel (born November 3, 1973), is an American politician from Missouri who served as the State Treasurer of Missouri from 2009 to 2017. He succeed Republican Sarah Steelman. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

Early life and career[edit]

Zweifel was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and grew up in the surrounding communities of St. Louis County, Missouri, attending grade school in Florissant, Missouri and Hazelwood West High School in Hazelwood, Missouri.

The first member of his family to attend and graduate from college, he earned both a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and an MBA from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Prior to running for public office, Zweifel was the research and education director for Teamsters Local 688 where one of his chief responsibilities was advising members nearing retirement on their personal finances. Eisenhower Fellowships selected Clint Zweifel as a USA Eisenhower Fellow in 2009.

Family[edit]

His wife, Janice, works with children with special needs in the public schools. They are parents to two adopted daughters, and live in Columbia, Missouri.[1]

Political career[edit]

Zweifel represented the 78th District in the Missouri House of Representatives. He first won election to the House of Representatives in 2002 by a 67-vote margin and earned the distinction of being the only Democrat in the state to defeat a Republican incumbent.

While in the House, Zweifel served three terms and led Democratic policy strategy and developed solutions to help Missouri families, developing proposals on early childhood education, helping seniors cope with property taxes and guarding citizen privacy. He was the ranking member on the Ways and Means Committee and the Special Committee on Tax Reform. He also served on the Special Committee on Retirement, the Joint Committee on Tax Policy, and the Special Committee on State Parks and Waterways.

He chaired the Missouri House Democratic Campaign Committee in 2006, leading all Missouri House candidate recruitment and fundraising efforts. The effort resulted in the largest Democratic net gain in the House since 1978.

In the 2008 election cycle, Zweifel won the Democratic primary for state treasurer, topping a four-candidate field which included 2004 nominee and Arnold, Missouri Mayor Mark Powell, former state Department of Economic Development official Andria Danine Simckes and former Kansas City Mayor Charles Wheeler. He went on to defeat Republican State Senator Brad Lager in the general election. He is the youngest person elected to that office in over a century, celebrating his 35th birthday the day before he was elected.

Zweifel was re-elected in 2012, defeating Republican Cole McNary and Libertarian Sean O'Toole. Zweifel is ineligible to seek reelection as state treasurer in 2016, and has announced that he will not run for any other political office that year.[2]

Electoral history[edit]

2002 Race for Missouri House of Representatives 78th District
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Clint Zweifel 6,043 50.3
Republican Michael Reid (incumbent) 5,976 49.7
2004 Race for Missouri House of Representatives 78th District
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Clint Zweifel (incumbent) 10,938 69.5
Republican Roseanne Vrugtman 4,793 30.5
2006 Race for Missouri House of Representatives 78th District
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Clint Zweifel (incumbent) 9,632 100.0
2008 Democratic Primary for State Treasurer of Missouri
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Clint Zweifel 103,408 31.8
Democratic Mark Powell 92,938 28.6
Democratic Andria Danine Simckes 70,566 21.7
Democratic Charles Wheeler 58,562 18.0
2008 Race for State Treasurer of Missouri
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Clint Zweifel 1,394,627 50.47
Republican Brad Lager 1,302,625 47.14
Constitution Rodney D. Farthing 66,062 2.39
2012 Race for State Treasurer of Missouri
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Clint Zweifel (incumbent) 1,332,876 50.4
Republican Cole McNary 1,200,368 45.4
Libertarian Sean O'Toole 109,188 4.1

References[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Sarah Steelman
Treasurer of Missouri
2009–2017
Succeeded by
Eric Schmitt