Crystal Quade

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Crystal Quade
Minority Leader of the Missouri House of Representatives
Assumed office
January 9, 2019
Preceded byGina Mitten (Acting)
Personal details
Born1985/1986 (age 32–33)[1]
Political partyDemocratic
EducationMissouri State University, Springfield (BA)

Crystal Quade is an American politician in Missouri who is an elected member of the Missouri House of Representatives, representing the 132nd Missouri state house district,[2] which contains parts of Springfield, as a Democrat, and serving as the Minority Leader of the Missouri House of Representatives.

Early life[edit]

Quade was the first person in her immediate family to graduate from high school,[3] and Quade graduated from Missouri State University with a bachelor's degree in social work. Quade developed a strong interest in politics after taking a college course in policy,[4] and, after graduating from college, Quade worked as a legislative staff member for then-U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill.[5][6] Prior to being elected to a seat in the lower house of the Missouri General Assembly, Quade was the former chapter services director of Care to Learn,[5] a non-profit organization that provides funding to address health, hunger, and hygiene needs of schoolchildren in multiple Missouri public school districts.[7]

Electoral career[edit]

In 2016, then-Missouri State Representative Charlie Norr did not seek re-election. Two Democrats, two Republicans, and one Libertarian filed to run in the 2016 race in the 132nd Missouri state representative district.[8] Quade defeated Bob Sweere in the Democratic primary to win the Democratic nomination, and Quade defeated Republican nominee Thomas Quinn and Libertarian nominee Chris Burros by receiving 5,215 votes to Quinn's 4,243 votes to Burros's 521 votes.[8][9]

In 2018, Quade ran for re-election in the 132nd Missouri state representative district, winning the Democratic primary unopposed and running against Republican nominee Sarah Semple in the general election.[8] Quade was re-elected by receiving 5,383 votes to Semple's 2,982 votes.[8]

Legislative career[edit]

As a state legislator, Quade currently serves on the Missouri House of Representatives's budget committee and government efficiency committee, as well as the Missouri General Assembly's joint committee on child abuse and neglect.[5] In September 2017, less than a full year after being sworn into office, Quade was elected vice chairperson of the minority caucus of the Missouri House of Representatives by her Democratic colleagues.[10]

Following the 2018 state legislative elections in Missouri, Quade was elected Minority Leader of the Missouri House of Representatives for the 2019 Missouri legislative session.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Meet the candidates: Quade, Sweere compete in District 132 Democratic primary
  2. ^ "Missouri House of Representatives, District 132". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Meet Crystal". Crystal Quade. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  4. ^ Brashers, Hannah. "Missouri State Representative Crystal Quade: How One Badass Progressive Is Making Trouble in a State Capitol Deep in T***p-land". Got a Girl Crush. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  5. ^ a b c "Representative Crystal Quade". Missouri House of Representatives. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  6. ^ Gounley, Thomas. "Meet the candidates: Quade, Sweere compete in District 132 Democratic primary". Springfield News-Leader. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  7. ^ "About". Care to Learn. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  8. ^ a b c d "Crystal Quade". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  9. ^ "State of Missouri - Election Night Results". Missouri Secretary of State. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  10. ^ Schmitt, Will. "Springfield Democratic Rep. Quade named to leadership position in rookie year". Springfield News-Leader. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  11. ^ Bologna, Giacomo. "Crystal Quade to be next minority leader of Missouri House of Representatives". Springfield News-Leader. Retrieved 14 April 2019.

External links[edit]

Missouri House of Representatives
Preceded by
Gina Mitten
Acting
Minority Leader of the Missouri House of Representatives
2019–present
Incumbent