Robert Schaaf

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Robert Schaaf (born January 4, 1957) is a doctor, a director of the Missouri Doctors Mutual Insurance Co., and a Republican member of the Missouri House of Representatives. He currently represents the 34th district in the Missouri Senate which began in 2011 when his term in the Missouri House expired. He resides in St. Joseph, Missouri, with his wife Deborah Schoenlaub, and their two children, Robert and Renee.

He was born in 1957 in St. Louis, Missouri, moving to St. Joseph as a youth. He graduated from Central High School in St. Joseph in 1975. He went on to Missouri Western State College, where he earned a B.S. in mathematics in 1979, and St. Louis University School of Medicine, where he earned an M.D. in 1983. He married Deborah that same year.

He is a member of the Buchanan County Medical Society (past president), the Missouri State Medical Association (councilor), the Missouri State Medical Foundation Board, Heartland Regional Medical Center Department of Family Practice (past chair), Missouri Pilot's Association, the Farm Bureau, the St. Joseph and Savannah Area Chambers of Commerce, and the Missouri Infection Control Advisory Board.

He was first elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 2002, winning reelection in 2004, 2006, & 2008. He currently sits on the following committees:

  • Healthcare Transformation, Chair
  • Health Care Policy,
  • Budget
  • Appropriations - Health, Mental Health, and Social Services
  • Joint Committee on MO Health Net

Schaaf serves on the Advisory Council of Represent.Us, a nonpartisan anti-corruption organization.[1]


In 2012, Schaaf filibustered and defeated a bill that would have created a statewide prescription drug monitoring program, which would have allowed physicians to identify patients who are taking too many opioid medications. Schaaf drew criticism when he said of those who use opioids, “If they overdose and kill themselves, it just removes them from the gene pool.”[2] As of 2017, Missouri continues to be the only US state to not have a prescription monitoring program.[2]


  • Official Manual, State of Missouri, 2005-2006. Jefferson City, MO: Secretary of State.
  1. ^ "About | Represent.Us". End corruption. Defend the Republic. Retrieved 2016-11-03. 
  2. ^ a b Schwarz, Alan (2014-07-20). "Missouri Alone in Resisting Prescription Drug Database". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-03-19.