Joe Maxwell

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Joe Maxwell
45th Lieutenant Governor of Missouri
In office
November 15, 2000 – January 10, 2005
GovernorRoger Wilson (2000–01)
Bob Holden (2001–05)
Preceded byRoger Wilson
Succeeded byPeter Kinder
Member of the Missouri Senate
from the 18th district
In office
January 4, 1995 – November 15, 2000
Preceded byNorman L. Merrell
Succeeded byJohn W. Cauthorn
Member of the Missouri House of Representatives
In office
January 1991 – January 4, 1995
Preceded byRay Hamlett
Succeeded byTed Farnen
Constituency15th district (1991–93)
21st district (1993–95)
Personal details
Joseph Edwin Maxwell

(1957-03-17) March 17, 1957 (age 66)
Kirksville, Missouri, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materUniversity of Missouri, Columbia
WebsiteArchived government website

Joseph Edwin Maxwell (born March 17, 1957) is an American attorney who served as the 45th Lieutenant Governor of the state of Missouri. He is a Democrat who also served in the Missouri House of Representatives and the Missouri Senate.[1] To date, he is the last member of the Democratic Party to be elected Lieutenant Governor of Missouri.

Personal history[edit]

Joseph Edwin Maxwell was born in Kirksville, Missouri and grew up on a farm near Rush Hill in rural Audrain County, Missouri.[2] He is a graduate of Community R-VI High School in Laddonia and received his higher education at the University of Missouri. Maxwell earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Mizzou in 1986, and his Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri School of Law in 1990. Prior to receiving his higher education, Maxwell worked as a rural mail carrier for the U.S Postal Service and also operated a small business with his twin brother.[3] Joe Maxwell is a military veteran who retired in 1995 with the rank of First Sergeant after twenty years in the Missouri National Guard.[2] Maxwell and wife Sarah are the parents of three daughters. He later became an attorney in private practice in Mexico, Missouri with the firm of Hagan, Hamlett and Maxwell and Council Member of Missourians for a Balanced Energy Future.[4]

Political history[edit]

Joe Maxwell served two terms in the Missouri House of Representatives, being elected in 1990 and again in 1992. In 1994 Maxwell ran for and won election to the Missouri Senate representing the 18th District. He easily defeated Republican challenger James Lemon in 1998 to win reelection.[5] Joe Maxwell was elected to statewide office in 2000, defeating Republican Wendell Bailey in the race for Missouri Lieutenant Governor. He chose not to run for the office again in 2004, citing his wife's health problems.[6]

Missouri 18th District State Senate Election 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican James Lemon 2,602
Democratic Joe Maxwell (incumbent) 20,586 Winner
Missouri Lieutenant Governor Election 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Wendell Bailey 1,014,446 44%
Democratic Joe Maxwell 1,201,959 52.1% Winner



  1. ^ Rebecca McDowell Cook. Official Manual: State of Missouri 1997–1998. p. 116.
  2. ^ a b "Senator Joe Maxwell – Member Biography". Retrieved October 11, 2011.
  3. ^ "Joe Maxwell -Lt. Governor, Missouri". Archived from the original on July 19, 2011. Retrieved October 11, 2011.
  4. ^ St. Louis Business Journal (February 5, 2009). "Group formed to guide state energy plans". St. Louis Business Journal. Archived from the original on February 8, 2009. Retrieved December 23, 2022. {{cite news}}: |author= has generic name (help)
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  6. ^ Powers, Marc (August 27, 2003). "Local News: Maxwell won't run for re-election (08/27/03)". Retrieved October 11, 2011.
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Party political offices
Preceded by Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Missouri
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by Lieutenant Governor of Missouri
Succeeded by