Tom Shively

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Tom Shively
Member of the Missouri House of Representatives
from the 8th district
Preceded by Kathy L. Chinn
Personal details
Born (1946-11-11) November 11, 1946 (age 70)
Hannibal, Missouri
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Rose Shively
Residence Shelbyville, Missouri
Alma mater University of Missouri
Profession Teacher
Religion Catholic

Tom Shively (born November 11, 1946) is a Democratic member of the Missouri House of Representatives. He represents the 8th District, encompassing all or portions of Linn, Macon, Shelby and Sullivan counties.[1] Due to Missouri House redistricting Shively ran for the newly created Missouri House 5th district in November, 2012. He lost to Republican Lindell Shumake, who until redistricting had represented the Missouri House 6th district.[2] Shively will continue to represent the 8th district until January, 2013.

Personal history[edit]

Thomas Shively was born in Hannibal, Missouri and raised in Shelby county. After graduating from North Shelby High School in 1964 he attended the University of Missouri in Columbia, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture in 1968. Representative Shively served in United States Air Force, and taught vocational agriculture at northeast Missouri schools for over three decades.[3] When not involved with legislative duties Shively works with one of his sons in a cattle and row crop farming operation. Tom Shively and his wife Rose are the parents of three children.

Political history[edit]

Tom Shively first ran for the Missouri House of Representatives in 2002, losing to Chris Shoemaker. He ran for the House again in 2004, losing to Kathy L. Chinn. On his third attempt in 2006 Tom Shively was finally victorious, defeating Chinn in a rematch from 2004.[4] He was subsequently reelected in 2008 and 2010. New Missouri House district boundaries meant that Shively faced Republican Lindell Shumake whose 6th district seat had also been affected by redistricting. Shively lost the November general election 56 to 44 percent.

Missouri 8th District State Representative Election 2002
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Chris Shoemaker 7,019 57.9 Winner
Democratic Tom Shively 5,104 42.1
Missouri 8th District State Representative Election 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Kathy L. Chinn 8,361 51.7 Winner
Democratic Tom Shively 7,809 48.3
Missouri 8th District State Representative Election 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Kathy L. Chinn 6,482 49.0
Democratic Tom Shively 6,734 51.0 Winner
Missouri 8th District State Representative Election 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mike Austin 7,327 45.8
Democratic Tom Shively 8,655 54.2 Winner
Missouri 8th District State Representative Election 2010
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican William Jesse Foster 5,067 40.5
Democratic Tom Shively 7,444 59.5 Winner
Missouri 5th District State Representative Election 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Lindell Shumake 9,093 56 Winner
Democratic Tom Shively 7,140 44

Legislative assignments[edit]

Representative Shively will serve on the following committees during the 96th General Assembly:

  • Agriculture Policy
  • Appropriations - Agriculture and Natural Resources subcommittee
  • Budget
  • Elementary and Secondary Education


  1. ^ "Member biography". Missouri House of Representatives. Retrieved 2011-04-21. 
  2. ^ "State Representative District 5 Summary". Missouri Secretary of State website. 6 November 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Tom Shively bio". Citizens for Shively. Retrieved 2011-04-21. 
  4. ^ "Find your candidates". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 2011-04-21.