Shane Schoeller

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Shane Schoeller
Acting Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives
In office
August 13, 2012 – September 12, 2012
Preceded by Steven Tilley
Succeeded by Tim Jones
Member of the Missouri House of Representatives
from the 139th district
Assumed office
Preceded by Brad Roark
Personal details
Born August 21, 1971
Salina, Kansas, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mendie Schoeller
Children 3
Residence Willard, Missouri
Alma mater Southwest Baptist University
Profession Politician

Shane Schoeller (born August 21, 1971), is an American former Republican member of the Missouri House of Representatives. Schoeller represented the 139th district, encompassing North Springfield and the communities of Walnut Grove, Fair Grove, and Willard in the northern half of Greene County. Schoeller also served as the Speaker Pro Tem of the House for the 96th General Assembly.[1] On August 13, 2012, Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives Steven Tilley resigned. As Speaker Pro Tem, Schoeller held the office for one month until a replacement was named.

Shane was the Republican nominee for Missouri secretary of state election, 2012 but narrowly lost in the general election to Democrat Jason Kander.[2] Following his narrow loss for Secretary of State, Schoeller was named the Executive Director of the Missouri Republican Party.

Early life and education[edit]

Schoeller was born in Salina, Kansas, and later moved to Branson, Missouri, where he graduated from Branson High School. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Southwest Baptist University. He is married to Mendie Schoeller, and they have three children: Emma Marie, Dorthy Katelynn, and Johnny Frederick.

Professional career[edit]

Schoeller's professional background encompasses working on behalf of the Home Builder Association of Greater Springfield as the Director of Government Affairs. He also has served as Director of Development for Students in Free Enterprise, a global, non-profit organization based on more than 1700 campuses across the world that teaches students the principles of free enterprise.

Schoeller also worked in politics and government as a Field Representative for U.S. Senators John Ashcroft and Kit Bond, as a Legislative Assistant for U.S. Congressman Roy Blunt, and as Chief Administrative Aide to Matt Blunt during his tenure as Missouri Secretary of State.

Political career[edit]

Schoeller was elected in 2006 to succeed Brad Roark. In the primary, Schoeller defeated his nearest opponent, Karen Roark (mother to outgoing Representative Roark) with 47.7% of the vote as opposed to Roark's 37.5%. Schoeller then defeated Democrat Jamie Schoolcraft and Libertarian Thomas Martz in the November general election to become state representative. Schoeller won reelection in 2008, facing no primary opposition and defeating Democrat Janet Adams with nearly 70 percent of the vote. Schoeller ran unopposed in the 2010 Republican primary and general election.[3]

Electoral history[edit]

2008 General Election for Missouri’s 139th District House of Representatives[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Shane Schoeller 13,611 69.2
Democratic Janet Adams 6,057 30.8
2006 General Election for Missouri’s 139th District House of Representatives[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Shane Schoeller 8,370 54.1
Democratic Jamie Daniel Schoolcraft 6,693 43.3
Libertarian Thomas Martz 398 2.6
2006 Primary Election for Missouri’s 139th District House of Representatives[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Shane Schoeller 1,479 47.7
Republican Karen Roark 1,162 37.5
Republican Joe Pyles 460 14.8

Candidacy for Missouri Secretary of State[edit]

On October 24, 2011, Representative Schoeller announced his candidacy in the Missouri secretary of state election, 2012.[7] Schoeller has since received 90+ endorsements from colleagues in the Missouri House and Senate. Additionally, Representative Schoeller received endorsements by John Ashcroft, Alan Keyes, and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.[8] Schoeller led the field in fundraising throughout the race and had a campaign marked by a strong grassroots effort. Despite a barrage of last-minute attack ads from opponents, on August 7, 2012, Schoeller won the Republican Primary with 35.3 percent of the vote over opponents Scott Rupp and Bill Stouffer.[2]

In the General Election, Schoeller faced off against attorney and fellow State Representative Jason Kander. Kander, who faced little opposition in the Democratic Primary, was able to use a significant financial advantage to narrowly defeat Schoeller on Election Day by 30,000 votes, 48.9 to 47.4 percent.

Executive Director of the Missouri Republican Party[edit]

Following his narrow defeat for Secretary of State, Schoeller was tapped by new Missouri Republican Party Chairman Ed Martin to serve as Executive Director of the Party. The announcement was made on February 28, 2013. In the announcement, Martin called Schoeller 'A passionate and articulate messenger for the Republican Party.'

Personal life[edit]

Schoeller and his family are members of Second Baptist Church in Springfield. He also serves on the Missouri Tourism Commission, holds a membership in the Willard Chamber of Commerce and is a board member of Clear Vision Drama Company.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Steven Tilley
Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives
2012–2012 (interim)
Succeeded by
Tim Jones