Missouri House of Representatives
|Missouri House of Representatives|
|Missouri General Assembly|
|4 terms (8 years)|
New session started
|January 6, 2016|
Speaker pro Tempore
Denny Hoskins (R)
Since January 7, 2015
Jacob Hummel (D)
Since January 7, 2015
Length of term
|Authority||Article III, Missouri Constitution|
|Salary||$35,915/year + per diem|
November 4, 2014|
November 1, 2016|
House of Representatives Chamber|
Missouri State Capitol
Jefferson City, Missouri
|Missouri House of Representatives|
The Missouri House of Representatives is the lower chamber of the Missouri General Assembly. It has 163 members, representing districts with an average size of 37,000 residents. House members are elected for two-year terms during general elections held in even-numbered years.
In 1992 Missouri approved a constitutional amendment providing term limits (previously there were no limits). No Representative may serve more than eight years in the House. Each candidate for the office must be at least twenty-four years old, a registered qualified voter in the state for at least two years, and a resident of his or her district for at least one year.
Missouri's house is the fourth largest in the United States although the state ranks 18th in population. Legislation was introduced in 2011 to cut its size to 103 in 2020. Bigger legislatures in the United States are New Hampshire (400), Pennsylvania (203) and Georgia (180).
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
|January 27, 2015||44||1||162||1|
|May 15, 2015||116||161||2|
|June 23, 2015||43||160||3|
|November 3, 2015||117||45||163||0|
|February 17, 2016||116||162||1|
|August 12, 2016||115||161||2|
|August 19, 2016||114||160||3|
|Latest voting share||71.25%||28.13%||0.63%|
|Speaker of the House||Todd Richardson||Rep||152|
|Speaker Pro Tem||Denny Hoskins||Rep||54|
|Majority Leader||Mike Cierpiot||Rep||30|
|Assistant Majority Floor Leader||Kevin Austin||Rep||136|
|Majority Whip||Delus Johnson||Rep||9|
|Caucus Chair||Shelley Keeney Taylor||Rep||145|
|Caucus Secretary||Mike Bernskoetter||Rep||59|
|Minority Leader||Jacob Hummel||Dem||81|
|Assistant Minority Floor Leader||Gail McCann Beatty||Dem||26|
|Minority Whip||John Rizzo||Dem||19|
|Caucus Chair||Gina Mitten||Dem||83|
|Caucus Vice-Chair||John Carpenter||Dem||15|
|Caucus Secretary||Karla May||Dem||84|
Members of the Missouri House of Representatives, 2013–2015
|9||Delus Johnson||Rep||St. Joseph|
|10||Pat Conway||Dem||St. Joseph|
|14||Kevin Corlew||Rep||Kansas City|
|18||Lauren Arthur||Dem||North Kansas City|
|19||John Rizzo||Dem||Kansas City|
|22||Brandon Ellington||Dem||Kansas City|
|23||Randy Dunn||Dem||Kansas City|
|24||Judy Morgan||Dem||Kansas City|
|25||Jeremy LaFaver||Dem||Kansas City|
|26||Gail McCann Beatty||Dem||Kansas City|
|27||Bonnaye Mims||Dem||Kansas City|
|30||Mike Cierpiot||Rep||Lee's Summit|
|31||Sheila Solon||Rep||Blue Springs|
|32||Jeanie Lauer||Rep||Blue Springs|
|34||Rebecca Roeber||Rep||Lee's Summit|
|35||Gary L. Cross||Rep||Lee's Summit|
|36||Daron McGee||Dem||Kansas City|
|38||TJ Berry||Rep||Excelsior springs|
|39||Joe Don McGaugh||Rep||Carrollton|
|42||Bart Korman||Rep||High Hill|
|49||Travis Fitzwater||Rep||Holts Summit|
|59||Mike Bernskoetter||Rep||Jefferson City|
|60||Jay Barnes||Rep||Jefferson City|
|64||Robert Cornejo||Rep||St. Peters|
|65||Anne Zerr||Rep||St. Charles|
|66||Tommie Pierson||Dem||St. Louis|
|70||Bill Otto||Dem||St. Charles|
|71||Sue Meredith||Dem||St. Louis County|
|72||Mary Nichols||Dem||Maryland Heights|
|73||Courtney Allen Curtis||Dem||Berkeley|
|75||Rochelle Walton Gray||Dem||Black Jack|
|76||Joshua Peters||Dem||St. Louis|
|77||Kimberly Gardner||Dem||St. Louis|
|78||Penny Hubbard||Dem||St. Louis|
|79||Michael Butler||Dem||St. Louis|
|80||Mike Colona||Dem||St. Louis|
|81||Jacob Hummel||Dem||St. Louis|
|82||Michele Kratky||Dem||St. Louis|
|83||Gina Mitten||Dem||St. Louis|
|84||Karla May||Dem||St. Louis|
|85||Clem Smith||Dem||St. Louis|
|86||Joe Adams||Dem||University City|
|87||Stacey Newman||Dem||St. Louis|
|88||Tracy McCreery||Dem||St. Louis|
|89||Dean Plocher||Rep||Town and Country|
|91||Jeanne Kirkton||Dem||Webster Groves|
|92||Genise Montecillo||Dem||St. Louis|
|93||Bob Burns||Dem||St. Louis|
|94||Cloria Brown||Rep||St. Louis|
|95||Marsha Haefner||Rep||St. Louis|
|96||Mike Leara||Rep||St. Louis|
|97||John McCaherty||Rep||High Ridge|
|102||Kurt Bahr||Rep||St. Charles|
|103||John Wiemann||Rep||St. Peters|
|104||Kathie Conway||Rep||St. Charles|
|105||Mark Parkinson||Rep||St. Charles|
|106||Chrissy Sommer||Rep||St. Charles|
|108||Justin Hill||Rep||Lake St. Louis|
|111||Shane Roden||Rep||Cedar Hill|
|119||Dave Hinson||Rep||St. Clair|
|138||Don Phillips||Rep||Kimberling City|
|145||Shelley Keeney||Rep||Marbel Hill|
|147||Kathryn Swan||Rep||Cape Girardeau|
|152||Todd Richardson||Rep||Poplar Bluff|
|154||Shawn Rhoads||Rep||West Plains|
|155||Lyle Rowland||Rep||Cedar Creek|
|157||Mike Moon||Rep||Ash Grove|
|158||Scott Fitzpatrick||Rep||Shell Knob|
|162||Charlie Davis||Rep||Webb City|
These are the yearly recurring committees that hold hearings on legislation filed by Representatives. Once filed, legislation is assigned to one of the following committees by the Missouri Speaker of the House. Legislation is typically assigned to the committee whose province envelopes the subject matter of the bill. However, there are frequently multiple relevant committees to which a bill can be assigned, and it is at the Speaker's discretion to choose which committee receives the bill. Politics can also play a part, as the Speaker may assign a bill he or she wants to fail to a committee with an unfriendly chair or membership, or may select a more friendly committee if he or she wishes the bill to pass.
The partisan makeup of each committee is intended to reflect as closely as possible the partisan makeup of the entire House. Each Party caucus selects which of its members will serve on the Standing Committees, and the Chair of each committee is chosen by the Speaker of the House.
Budget Committee and Subcommittees
Tradition in the Missouri General Assembly is that all appropriations bills initiate in the Missouri House rather than the Senate. So each year, the Chair of the House Budget Committee files legislation establishing the spending plan for the state of Missouri. This plan, which in 2007 exceeded $20 billion, may differ greatly from the Governor's budget recommendations, issued at the State of the State address given in late January.
The budget legislation is assigned to the House Budget Committee, which then assigns each bill to its respective subcommittee. After the subcommittee makes its recommendations, the full Budget Committee runs through the entire appropriations package, makes its desired changes, and sends the bill to the full House for consideration.
Joint Committees contain members from both the Missouri House and Senate. These committees may be permanent and study ongoing issues, or may be temporary and intended to come up with suggested legislation to address a one-time issue. The Chair of these committees typically alternates annually between a Representative and a Senator to prevent unfairness to one chamber.
- Joint Committee on Administrative Rules
- Joint Committee on Capital Improvements and Leases Oversight
- Joint Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect
- Joint Committee on Corrections
- Joint Committee on Education
- Joint Committee on Gaming and Wagering
- Joint Committee on Government Accountability
- Joint Committee on Legislative Research
- Joint Committee on Life Sciences
- Joint Committee on Missouri's Promise
- Joint Committee on MO Health Net
- Joint Committee on Public Employee Retirement
- Joint Committee on Tax Policy
- Joint Committee on Transportation Oversight
- Joint Legislative Committee on Court Automation
- Joint Review Committee on Downtown and Rural Economic Stimulus Act
- Missouri Job Training Joint Legislative Oversight Committee
In 1992 Missouri voters approved a constitutional amendment placing term limits on the Missouri House of Representatives. A Representative can serve no more than four two-year terms in the house. The first time term limits prevented someone from running again was in 2002.
- Missouri Legislature
- Missouri Senate
- Government of Missouri
- American Legislative Exchange Council members
- "Hoskins wins Speaker Pro Tem role in caucus election". The Missouri Times. 17 August 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
- FAQs, Missouri House of Representatives
- "termlim". House.mo.gov. Retrieved April 5, 2011.
- CHRIS BLANK/The Associated Press. "Missouri Senate OKs shrinking number of House members". Columbia Missourian. Retrieved April 5, 2011.
- brenda erickson (October 11, 2007). "Population and Size of Legislature". Ncsl.org. Retrieved April 5, 2011.
- Republican Noel Torpey (HD-29) resigned in December 2014, before the start of the session.
- Former Democrat Keith English of Florissant filed to be an Independent.
- Speaker John Diehl resigned.
- Democrat Kevin McManus resigned to take a seat on the Kansas City City Council.
- Democrats Rory Rowland and Daron McGee and Republican Dean Plocher succeeded Torpey, McManus, and Diehl, respectively.
- Republican Don Gosen resigned on February 17, 2016
- Republican Ron Hicks resigned.
- Republican Tony Dugger.
- "Appeals court rules special election will take place Friday in 78th district". KMOV.com. September 13, 2016.
- Don Gosen resigned on Feb. 17, 2016
- Ron Hicks resigned
- Tony Dugger resigned
- Missouri House of Representatives
- "Missouri House of Representatives". House.mo.gov. Retrieved April 5, 2011.