Don Gosen

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Don Gosen
Member of the Missouri House of Representatives
from the 101st district
In office
2013 – February 17, 2016
Preceded by Tim Meadows
Member of the Missouri House of Representatives
from the 84th district
In office
Preceded by Allen Icet
Succeeded by Karla May
Personal details
Born (1963-01-16) January 16, 1963 (age 54)
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jeanne
Children Laura
Residence Chesterfield, Missouri
Alma mater University of Missouri
Occupation Small Business Owner
Insurance Agent
Religion Methodist
Website Campaign Website

Don Gosen (born January 16, 1963) is a State Farm Insurance Agent, co-owner of a brewery, and a former Republican member of the Missouri House of Representatives.[1] He had represented the 101st district, which includes parts of Chesterfield, Wildwood, Ellisville, and Clarkson Valley, since 2011.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Don Gosen's father was a teacher and his mother was a homemaker.[2] Don Gosen was raised in Hermann and attended Hermann High School.[1] He then received a BSBA and MBA from the University of Missouri.[1] He then went to work for Boone County National Bank in Columbia as a commercial loan officer.[2] He moved to upstate New York to continue his career in banking and insurance.[3] For a small time he worked for several breweries, he received Brewing Certificate from the Institute of Brewing and Distilling in London, United Kingdom, and he received his brewing microbiology schooling from the Lallemand Institute in Montreal, Canada.[3] He then moved back to St. Louis where helped found the Tin Mill Brewing Company and where he has been a State Farm insurance agent for twenty years.[1] Gosen is a member of the West County Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Wildwood Business Association, a member of the Master Brewers Association of St Louis, and a member and former president of the Wildwood Area Lion's Club.[1] He currently lives in Chesterfield, with his wife and three children, and attends the Living Word United Methodist Church in Wildwood.[1]

Political career[edit]

In 2010, Don Gosen successfully ran to represent the 84th district in the Missouri House of Representatives.[1] He started his campaign in 2009 and was unopposed in both the Republican primary and the general election.[2] He was reelected to represent the 101st district in 2012.[1]

On February 17, 2016 Representative Gosen resigned, after he was asked to resign by Speaker of the House Todd Richardson the evening prior. Reasons the representative gave for resignation included having "personal issues".[4] While the reasons for his resignation were unclear at the time,[5] Gosen later acknowledged it was due to an extramarital affair that began in 2014.[6] In July 2016, Gosen announced that he was considering re-entering politics, considering offices at the city and county (but not state) level.[7]

Committee assignments[edit]

  • Elections
  • Insurance Policy (Chairman)
  • Utilities
  • General Laws

Electoral history[edit]

2012 General Election for Missouri’s 101st District House of Representatives
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Don Gosen 16,962 100.0
2010 General Election for Missouri’s 84th District House of Representatives
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Don Gosen 12,571 98.77


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Representative Directory 98th General Assembly, 2nd Regular Session - 2016". Missouri House of Representatives. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-05-12. Retrieved 2011-02-27. 
  3. ^ a b "Our People". Tin Mill Brewery. Retrieved 17 February 2016. 
  4. ^ "Missouri Rep. Don Gosen abruptly resigns under cloud of suspicion". The Kansas City Star. February 17, 2016. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  5. ^ Aton, Adam (February 17, 2016). "Missouri Lawmaker Abruptly Resigns, Cites Rumors". ABC News. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  6. ^ Messenger, Tony (19 February 2016). "Messenger: Gosen just the latest to fall in Capitol's den of iniquity". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved 14 July 2016. 
  7. ^ Erickson, Kurt (14 July 2016). "Extramarital affair led Missouri lawmaker to quit, but he's considering a comeb". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved 14 July 2016. 

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