Missouri ALEC Politicians

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For a list of politicians with known ALEC ties, please see ALEC Politicians.

This is a partial list of Missouri politicians that are known to be involved in, or previously involved in, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). It is a partial list. (If you have additional names, please add them with a citation. The names in this original list were verified as of posting.)

Legislators who have cut ties with ALEC publicly are also listed here.

Missouri Legislators with ALEC Ties

House of Representatives

  • Rep. Dorthy (Dottie) Bailey (R-110), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1], celebrated as a part of "women of #ALEC19in19" campaign on Twitter, [2]
  • Rep. Ben Baker (R- );State Chairman, Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1]
  • Rep. Jason Chipman (R-120), registered member
  • Rep. Phil Christofanelli (R-105), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1], registered member
  • Rep. Bruce DeGroot (R-101), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1], [3] June 4, 2018 ALEC Legislator of the week[4]
  • Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-98)[5]
  • Rep. Justin Hill (R-108), State Chair, attended ALEC's 2020 States and Nation Policy Summit where he participated in "Communications and Technology Subcommittee Meeting", "Civil Justice Committee and Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Subcommittee Joint Meeting", "State Chair Meeting", "Task Force Chairs Meeting", "Workshop: Reducing Red Tape: Lessons Learned from Successful State Strategies", "Process Working Group", "Workshop: AB5/ABC/Prop-22... What’s Happening, What’s Next and What you Need to Know in the States and DC?", "General Session - Morning", "Communications and Technology Task Force Meeting", "Thursday General Session - Afternoon", "Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force Meeting", "Training: Let's Talk About Workforce Development with Frank Luntz" and “Jefferson Awards Ceremony”[6], attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1]
  • Rep. Barry Hovis (R-146), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1]
  • Rep. David Gregory (R-99), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1]
  • Rep. Derek Grier (R-100), attended ALEC's 2020 States and Nation Policy Summit where he participated in ”Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force Meeting”[6], Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1]
  • Rep. David Griffith (R-60), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1]
  • Rep. Jim Murphy (R-194), attended 46th Annual ALEC meeting[7][1]
  • Rep. Don Rone (R-149)[8]
  • Rep. Lyle Rowland (R-155)[9]
  • Rep Bruce Sassmann (R-62), attended ALEC's 2020 States and Nation Policy Summit where he participated in ”Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Meeting”[6]
  • Rep. Nick Schroer (R-107)[10]
  • Rep. Cody Smith (R-163), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1][10]
  • Rep. Dan Stacy (R-31), registered member
  • Rep. Jered Taylor (R-139)[10][8]
  • Rep. Cheri Toalson (R-44)[8]
  • Rep. Curtis Trent (R-133), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1], registered member
  • Rep. Rob Vescovo (R-112), registered member
  • Rep. John Wiemann (R-103), disclosed $1,499.25 in expenses to attend the ALEC States and Nation Policy Summit in Phoenix, AZ on December 5, 2015[11]

Senate

  • Sen. Ed Emery (R-126), attended ALEC's 2020 States and Nation Policy Summit where he participated in "Task Force Chairs Meeting", "Process Working Group", "General Session - Morning", "Training: TPUSA: Saving America’s Academic Institutions: One Student Regent at a Time. What They Are, Why They Matter, How You Can Help", "Workshop: Against Critical Theory’s Onslaught: Reclaiming Education and the American Dream", "Thursday General Session - Afternoon", "Education and Workforce Development Task Force Meeting", "Jefferson Awards Ceremony", "Friday General Session - Morning", "Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Meeting", "Friday General Session - Afternoon", "Health and Human Services Task Force Meeting" and "Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Meeting"[6]attended 2019[1] and 2020[12] ALEC Annual Meetings, former State Chairman,[13][14][15][16], attended 2013 ALEC Annual Meeting,[17] attended a steakhouse dinner paid for by lobbyists at the 2014 ALEC meeting that was the subject of a Missouri Ethics Commission report.[18][19]
  • Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-21)[20][8]
  • Sen. Andrew Koenig (R-15), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1]; Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force[21]
  • Sen. Bob Onder (R-02)[22] Spoke at the 2018 ALEC conference, Named Legislator of the week Aug 20, 2018[23][1]
  • Sen. Paul Wieland (R-22), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[1][24][8]
  • Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer (R-34)[25]

Former Representatives

Former Senators

  • Sen. Dan Brown (R-16)[9]
  • Sen. Jason Crowell (R-27)[9]
  • Sen. Jane D. Cunningham (R-7); Education Task Force.[35] Between 2001-2010, Cunningham attended more than 30 ALEC board meetings and conferences, with ALEC providing more than $33,000 in travel expenses, according to Progress Missouri.[24]
  • Sen. and later U.S. Rep. Pat Danner (R)[9]
  • Sen. Ronnie DePasco (Senate Majority Leader)[47]
  • Sen. Bob Dixon (R-30)[9]
  • Sen. Steven E. Ehlman (R), currently County Executive, St. Charles County. [43]
  • Sen. Jack Goodman (R-29) (Assistant Majority Floor Leader), spoke on "Saving Dollars and Protecting Communities: State Successes in Corrections Policy" at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[48] (ineligible to run for reelection in 2012; ran for presiding judge of the 39th judicial circuit and won)
  • Sen., now U.S. Rep. Sam Graves (R-6)[9]
  • Sen. John Griesheimer (R-26); Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force[28]
  • Sen. Chuck Gross (R-23),[9] now vice president at UMB Bank
  • Sen. David Klindt (R),[9] now vice president of and lobbyist for the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives[49]
  • Sen. John Lamping (R-24)[9]
  • Sen. Jim Lembke (R-1); International Relations Task Force[42]
  • Sen. John Loudon (R-Chesterfield),[9] briefly attempted lobbying, then worked briefly for homebuilding contractors group in California and, with his wife Gina Loudon, was on "Wife Swap" in March 2013[50]
  • Sen. Robert Mayer (R-25); Civil Justice Task Force[32] (ineligible to run for reelection in 2012; ran for presiding judge of the 35th judicial circuit and won)
  • Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-18)[9]
  • Sen. Brian D. Nieves (R-98)[16]; Civil Justice Task Force[32]
  • Sen. Gary Nodler (R-32)[9]
  • Sen. Mike L. Parson (R-28); Public Safety and Elections Task Force[36]
  • Sen. David Pearce (R-21)[9]
  • Sen. Ron Richard (R-129); Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force[33][8]
  • Sen. Luann Ridgeway (R-17),[9] now Clay County Eastern Commissioner
  • Sen. David Sater (R-29)[9]
  • Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-27); [51] attended a steakhouse dinner paid for by lobbyists at the 2014 ALEC meeting that was the subject of a Missouri Ethics Commission report.[18][19]
  • Sen. Jay Wasson (R-20)[9]

Additional Former Officials

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