|55th Governor of Missouri|
January 12, 2009
|Preceded by||Matt Blunt|
|40th Attorney General of Missouri|
January 11, 1993 – January 12, 2009
|Preceded by||William Webster|
|Succeeded by||Chris Koster|
|Member of the Missouri Senate|
|Born||Jeremiah Wilson Nixon
February 13, 1956
De Soto, Missouri, U.S.
|Political party||Democratic Party|
|Residence||Jefferson City, Missouri, Governors Mansion 2009-Present|
|Alma mater||University of Missouri, Columbia|
Jeremiah Wilson "Jay" Nixon (born February 13, 1956) is an American politician who is the 55th and current Governor of the U.S. state of Missouri. A member of the Democratic Party, Nixon was first elected Governor in 2008. He is not related to former United States President Richard Milhous Nixon.
Born in De Soto, Missouri, Nixon is the graduate of University of Missouri School of Law. Beginning a career in private practice, Nixon was elected to the Missouri State Senate in 1986. In 1988, after two years in the state senate, Nixon ran for the United States Senate; posing a challenge to incumbent Republican Senator John Danforth. Nixon lost in the general election with 31% of the vote, to Danforth's 67%. He served in the state senate until 1993, upon being elected as the Attorney General of Missouri. In 1998, Nixon again ran for the U.S. Senate; posing a challenge to incumbent Kit Bond and losing 52%-43%.
In 2008, after incumbent Republican Governor Matt Blunt announced his intention to not seek reelection, Nixon declared his candidacy for Governor of Missouri. He won in the Democratic primary, and faced Representative Kenny Hulshof in the general election. On November 4, 2008, Nixon defeated Hulshof and was elected Governor. Nixon was sworn in on January 12, 2009.
Nixon is a lifelong resident of De Soto, Missouri, where he was born. His mother, Betty Lea (née Willson), was a teacher and president of the local school board, and his father, Jeremiah "Jerry" Nixon, served as the city's mayor. One of his paternal great-great-grandfathers was the brother of Democratic U.S. Senator Benjamin F. Jonas, of Louisiana. Another paternal ancestor, John Inskeep, had served as Mayor of Philadelphia (from 1800 to 1801 and 1805 to 1806). He graduated from the University of Missouri in 1978, later earning a law degree from the same institution.
Missouri State Senate
1988 U.S. Senate Election
He made his first bid for statewide office in 1988, an unsuccessful effort to oust incumbent U.S. Senator John Danforth. Nixon only won 32% of the vote compared to Danforth's 68%--at the time, the most lopsided defeat a Democrat had suffered in a statewide race in Missouri history.
Attorney General (1993-2009)
Nixon was first elected as Missouri's Attorney General on November 3, 1992, on a platform of fighting crime, cleaning up government corruption, and protecting consumers and the environment. Nixon followed William L. Webster as Attorney General. The 1992 race for Attorney General between Nixon and former State House Minority Leader David Steelman was especially heated; however Nixon beat Steelman 51%-45%.
Nixon was re-elected as Attorney General by a wide margin in 1996, 2000, and 2004.
1998 U.S. Senate election
One of the most popular programs Nixon has implemented is the state's No Call program. More than 3.5 million Missourians are a part of the No Call list, which reduces unwanted telemarketing calls. Nixon also has recovered more than $1.2 million from telemarketers who violated the No Call law.
Nixon's victory in the U.S. Supreme Court in Nixon v. Shrink Missouri Government PAC reinstated Missouri's campaign contribution limits and cleared the way nationally for campaign finance reform. In two other cases of significance, Nixon's work in the Blue Cross and Blue Shield and the Health Midwest cases have resulted in the formation of the state's two largest health care foundations, which will use more than $1.5 billion to help provide health care services to the state's population. Litigation by Nixon against tobacco companies for illegally marketing cigarettes to young people resulted in the largest settlement in the history of the state.
As Attorney General, Nixon created the Environmental Protection Division to enforce Missouri's environmental laws. Attorneys in this division take legal action to stop the pollution of the state's air, water and soil and to look after Missouri's agricultural interests. Successful litigation by the division has resulted in the cleanup of polluted sites and millions of dollars awarded to the state.
Nixon's aggressive actions in the Attorney General's Office earned him national recognition. Barrister magazine named him one of the 20 outstanding young lawyers in the nation, and the Missouri Jaycees selected him one of Ten Outstanding Young Missourians. Prior to becoming Attorney General, he was recognized by the Conservation Federation of Missouri for his environmental work as a state senator.
Jay Nixon received the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award (DESA). Of those Scouts who have attained the rank of Eagle Scout, fewer than one in 1,000 have received the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award. Gov. Nixon attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 1969 at the age of 13 as part of Troop 559 in De Soto. The award was presented by the Great Rivers Council on behalf of the National Eagle Scout Association and the Boy Scouts of America during 2010 as part of the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. In 2013, he joined with nine mayors to established July 15 as Social Media Giving Day, encouraging citizens to support charities via social media.
As Attorney General, Nixon has also been heavily involved in controversial decisions regarding school desegregation, capital punishment, and abortion. Nixon has overseen the state's involvement in the court settlements that ended mandatory urban busing in St. Louis and Kansas City's public schools. His role in the desegregation cases has caused friction with some African American leaders. In addition, Missouri Republicans have criticized Nixon for his campaign managers' soliciting campaign contributions from utility companies, including Ameren during an ongoing criminal investigation by his office of the company, which were immediately returned when the matter drew attention.
The Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC) issued a report titled "The Modern Militia Movement" on February 20, 2009, informing the Missouri State Highway Patrol of several groups of people who could possibly be linked to domestic militia groups. According to the report, these groups included white Christians, supporters of third-party presidential candidates Ron Paul, Bob Barr, and Chuck Baldwin, as well as opponents of gun control, illegal immigration, abortion, the Federal Reserve System, and the Internal Revenue Service. Following a joint letter from Paul, Barr, and Baldwin condemning the report, Nixon and the MIAC issued an apology concerning the report and stated that it will no longer be displayed on any official state websites.
Governor of Missouri (2009-Present)
Governor Matt Blunt unexpectedly announced on January 22, 2008, that he would not seek a second term. By the filing deadline on March 25, 2008, three Democratic and five Republican candidates had filed.
In the primary election on August 5, 2008, Nixon was selected to be the Democratic nominee, and U.S. Representative Kenny Hulshof was selected to be the Republican nominee. Nixon won the gubernatorial race by 19 percentage points over Hulshof to become Missouri's 55th governor (by 58% to 39%) on November 4, 2008.
The 2012 Missouri gubernatorial election was held on November 6, 2012. Nixon won the election against businessman Dave Spence.
|Missouri gubernatorial election, 2012 |
|Democratic||Jay Nixon (incumbent)||1,485,147||54.68%||-3.71%|
|Missouri Gubernatorial Election 2008|
|Missouri Attorney General Election 2004|
|Libertarian||David R. Browning||43,538||1.64||-|
|Missouri Attorney General Election 2000|
|Missouri U.S. Senate Election 1998|
|Libertarian||Tamara A. Millay||31,876||2.02||-|
|Reform||James F. Newport||8,780||0.56|
|Missouri Attorney General Election 1996|
|Missouri Attorney General Election 1992|
|Republican||David L. Steelman||1,064,814||46.05|
|Libertarian||Mitchell J. Moore||92,576||4.00||-|
|Missouri U.S. Senate Election 1988|
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- "Biography of Missouri Governor Jay Nixon". Governor.mo.gov. 2008-11-04. Retrieved 2010-09-16.
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