John William Loudon
John William Loudon
|Member of the Missouri Senate|
from the 7th district
|Preceded by||Franc Flotron|
|Succeeded by||Jane Cunningham|
|Born||August 14, 1967|
St. Louis, Missouri
John William Loudon (born August 14, 1967) was a Republican member of the Missouri Senate for the 7th District from 2000 until 2008 and a member of the Missouri House of Representatives from 1995 through 2000. He is the chairman of Florida Citizen Voters and Citizen Voters Inc, a member of Mar-a-Lago, and a former advisor to America First Policies.
Loudon served in the Missouri House of Representatives from 1994 through 1998. He was elected to the Missouri State Senate in 2000, and again in 2004. While in the Senate, Loudon founded and chaired the Senate’s Small Business, Insurance, and Industrial Relations Committee, was vice-chair of the Governmental Accountability and Fiscal Oversight Committee, and a member of the committees on education, gubernatorial appointments, and judiciary and civil and criminal Jurisprudence.
Towards the end of his career as senator, Loudon introduced an amendment to a health insurance bill that legalized the practice of midwifery in Missouri. (Missouri had previously been one of a minority of states that prohibited anyone other than registered nurses from serving as a midwife.) The Missouri State Medical Association, which represents physicians in the state, sued to block the controversial provision, arguing that it violated the state's single-subject rule for legislation. In 2008, the Missouri Supreme Court voted, 5–2, to uphold the legislation, finding that the Missouri State Medical Association lacked standing to sue.
As reported in The Washington Post, Loudon is the chair of both Florida Citizen Voters and Citizen Voters Inc. Both organizations are working in Florida and nationally to change state constitutions to explicitly state that only citizens may vote in elections. As of July 2019, the Florida organization has raised $4.7 million and collected more than 1.5 million signatures, more than twice what is needed to place the measure on the 2020 ballot in Florida.
Missouri law limits state senators to eight years, so Loudon retired in 2008. He worked for a time for an association of nonunion contractors in California. Loudon is a former policy advisor for America First Policies, a pro-Trump organization and is a member of Mar-a-Lago. His wife, Gina Loudon, is a member of the Trump campaign's media advisory board and is a published author.
In May 2018, it was reported that Loudon had used inflammatory and derogatory language against women, Muslims and Democrats. He promoted conspiracy theories about President Obama's birth and religion, suggesting that Obama was a Kenyan-born Muslim.
Loudon married Gina (Gentry) Loudon in 1990. They have five children.
- "Secret donors and Trump allies: Inside the operation to push noncitizen voting laws in Florida and other states". The Washington Post. July 22, 2019. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
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- Waters, Amelia (March 5, 2008). "Video: Senator John Loudon speaks for midwives". KRCG.
- Elizabeth Eberlin, UPDATE: Mo. Supreme Court upholds midwifery law, Columbia Missouri (July 22, 2008).
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