Kevin P. Engler
|Kevin P. Engler|
|Member of the Missouri House of Representatives
from the 116th district
|Member of the Missouri Senate
from the 3rd district
June 23, 1959 |
Festus, Missouri, U.S.
Kevin P. Engler (born June 23, 1959) is an American politician. A Republican, he has represented District 116 in the Missouri House of Representatives since January 2013. He previously represented District 3 in the Missouri Senate from 2005 to 2013, becoming Majority leader in January 2009. He was also a member of the Missouri House of Representatives from 2003 through 2005.
He was born in Festus, Missouri, and graduated from Festus High School in 1977. He went on to Southwest Missouri State University, where he earned degrees in finance/general business and marketing. He served as mayor of Farmington for six years, was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 2002, and then to the Missouri State Senate in 2004 and again to the Missouri House of Representatives in 2012.
In 2009, Engler attracted attention by proposing, then withdrawing a bill to make littering a capital offense. In a short speech on the Senate floor, he referred to constituents who litter as "white trash" and "dumb rednecks." When criticized for these remarks, Engler said, "the only ones I've called names are the ones doing it. If they are offended, good."
- Griffin, Marshall (May 22, 2012). "Engler's exit interview: 'probably true' that Mo. Senate is broken". St. Louis Public Radio. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
- Barr, Paula. "Senator Engler gets attention he wanted". Park Hills Daily Journal. February 12, 2009.
- Missouri Senate - Kevin Engler official government website
- Project Vote Smart - Kevin Engler (MO) profile
- Follow the Money - Kevin Engler
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