Ann WagnerAnn Wagner – MO2

Current Position: US Representative for MO District 2 since 2003
Affiliation: Republican

Ann Louise Wagner (née Trousdale, September 13, 1962) is an American politician and diplomat serving as the U.S. Representative for Missouri’s 2nd congressional district since 2013. A member of the Republican Party, she was the United States Ambassador to Luxembourg from 2005 to 2009.

Her district, based in St. Louis County, is heavily suburban and the state’s wealthiest. It includes most of St. Louis’s southern and western suburbs as well as some of the northern exurbs in St. Charles County and the northern part of Jefferson County. Before her diplomatic post, Wagner chaired the Missouri Republican Party from 1999 until 2005; she co-chaired the Republican National Committee for four years, starting in 2001.

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Missouri’s 1st, 2nd Districts could be redistricting targets
Associated Press, SUMMER BALLENTINEAugust 13, 2021 (Short)

COLUMBIA, Mo (AP) — The exodus from St. Louis city to the suburbs could mean changes for the area’s congressional seats when it comes time for redistricting.

An Associated Press analysis shows Missouri’s 1st Congressional District was among the top 10 nationally in declining population based on U.S. Census Bureau data tracking changes between 2010 and 2020. The reported population declined from 748,616 in 2010 to 714,746.

Missouri’s 3rd District, which includes some of St. Louis’ outer suburbs, saw the biggest growth in the state, from 748,615 people in 2010 to 804,485 in 2020.

The population changes confirm a steady departure of residents from the city of St. Louis, which is heavily Democratic, to its outer suburbs.

Missouri State University sociology and demography expert Kyler Sherman-Wilkins said millennials who finally have the money to buy homes are leaving urban areas and driving suburban growth.

University of Missouri-St. Louis political scientist David Kimball said population changes in the St. Louis area could mean U.S. Rep. Cori Bush’s St. Louis seat is redrawn to include more people.

And he said Republicans could redraw Rep. Ann Wagner’s 2nd District seat, which also saw a population bump, to make it more difficult for Democratic challengers to pull off an upset.

“That coincides with the Republican aims to make the 2nd District a safer Republican district,” Kimball said.

Missouri’s 2nd District covers mostly middle class and affluent parts of the St. Louis suburbs. The 2nd District hasn’t sent a Democrat to Congress since 1990, but Wagner faced strong challenges in 2018 and 2020.

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Current Position: US Representative for MO District 2 since 2003
Affiliation: Republican

Ann Louise Wagner (née Trousdale, September 13, 1962) is an American politician and diplomat serving as the U.S. Representative for Missouri’s 2nd congressional district since 2013. A member of the Republican Party, she was the United States Ambassador to Luxembourg from 2005 to 2009.

Her district, based in St. Louis County, is heavily suburban and the state’s wealthiest. It includes most of St. Louis’s southern and western suburbs as well as some of the northern exurbs in St. Charles County and the northern part of Jefferson County. Before her diplomatic post, Wagner chaired the Missouri Republican Party from 1999 until 2005; she co-chaired the Republican National Committee for four years, starting in 2001.

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Missouri’s 1st, 2nd Districts could be redistricting targets
Associated Press, SUMMER BALLENTINEAugust 13, 2021 (Short)

COLUMBIA, Mo (AP) — The exodus from St. Louis city to the suburbs could mean changes for the area’s congressional seats when it comes time for redistricting.

An Associated Press analysis shows Missouri’s 1st Congressional District was among the top 10 nationally in declining population based on U.S. Census Bureau data tracking changes between 2010 and 2020. The reported population declined from 748,616 in 2010 to 714,746.

Missouri’s 3rd District, which includes some of St. Louis’ outer suburbs, saw the biggest growth in the state, from 748,615 people in 2010 to 804,485 in 2020.

The population changes confirm a steady departure of residents from the city of St. Louis, which is heavily Democratic, to its outer suburbs.

Missouri State University sociology and demography expert Kyler Sherman-Wilkins said millennials who finally have the money to buy homes are leaving urban areas and driving suburban growth.

University of Missouri-St. Louis political scientist David Kimball said population changes in the St. Louis area could mean U.S. Rep. Cori Bush’s St. Louis seat is redrawn to include more people.

And he said Republicans could redraw Rep. Ann Wagner’s 2nd District seat, which also saw a population bump, to make it more difficult for Democratic challengers to pull off an upset.

“That coincides with the Republican aims to make the 2nd District a safer Republican district,” Kimball said.

Missouri’s 2nd District covers mostly middle class and affluent parts of the St. Louis suburbs. The 2nd District hasn’t sent a Democrat to Congress since 1990, but Wagner faced strong challenges in 2018 and 2020.

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Ann Wagner’s career is both deep and broad in service to her hometown, state and nation with over 30 years of work in the private sector, community and public service, and the political arena.

The 2nd District has always been home for Ann. It is where she and her husband of over thirty years, Ray, grew up, went to school, raised their children, work, volunteer, and go to church. This community has given her extraordinary opportunities to make a difference.

At an early age, Ann started working in the family business, a retail carpet store called Carpetime in Manchester. Working beside her parents she learned the value of a dollar, a strong work ethic, honesty, integrity, and that government should stay off the backs and out of the way of hard-working Americans trying to make a living.

Ann then took that experience to the University of Missouri-Columbia and received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Logistics. After college, Ann went to work in the private sector and held management positions at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City and Ralston Purina in St. Louis.

Ann’s most important jobs, however, have always been as a wife, mother, and now grandmother. Ann and Ray have three children: Raymond, an Army Captain who recently welcomed his first child, Isabella, into the world with his wife Julia; Stephen, a Client Services Manager for a St. Louis area financial management company; and Mary Ruth, a recent college graduate who moved back to the 2nd District and is working as a Business Development Coordinator.

Ann Wagner’s public service began at the grassroots level. She served for nine years as a local committeewoman in Lafayette Township and went on to Chair the Missouri Republican Party, delivering historic Republican gains. She also served as Co-Chairman of the Republican National Committee during the first term of President George W. Bush.

In 2005, following nomination by President Bush and confirmation by the U.S. Senate, Ann was sworn in as the 19th U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. She served as U.S. Ambassador for four years before returning to her home in Ballwin, Missouri.

Ann then decided to put her own name on the ballot and won her first Congressional race with over 60% of the vote, receiving more votes that election cycle than any other Republican Congressional candidate in Missouri. She took office in January of 2013 and was selected by both her freshman and sophomore class to be their representative on the Elected Leadership Committee.

As your representative from the 2nd District, Congresswoman Wagner serves as Vice Ranking Member on both the House Financial Services Committee and House Foreign Affairs Committee. She has worked tirelessly to demand transparency and accountability from federal regulators, while continuing to investigate waste, fraud, and abuse. During her time in Congress, Representative Wagner has been committed to regulatory reform, authoring bills such as the Retail Investor Protection Act which protects access to retirement savings for middle class families.

Ann has made combating sex trafficking and online exploitation of women and children major legislative priorities. She authored the SAVE Act, which amended the Federal criminal code to allow prosecutions of those who knowingly advertise sex slavery, along with the Put Trafficking Victims First Act and the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA). FOSTA became law in April of 2018 and is the most significant anti-trafficking law Congress has passed in nearly 20 years, finally giving local, state, and federal prosecutors the tools they need to hold websites accountable when they profit from the sale of sex trafficking victims.

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Blaine LuetkemeyerBlaine Luetkemeyer – MO3

Current Position: US Representative for MO District 3 since 2009
Affiliation: Republican

William Blaine Luetkemeyer (/ˈluːtkəmaɪ.ər/ LOOT-kə-my-ər; born May 7, 1952) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Missouri’s 3rd congressional district, a seat he has held since 2009.

He is a member of the Republican Party.

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Blaine Luetkemeyer, Ann Wagner back Spire STL Pipeline
The Missouri Times, Cameron GerberAugust 27, 2021 (Medium)

As the fate of the Spire STL Pipeline hangs in the balance, members of Missouri’s congressional delegation advocated for the pipeline’s continued service in the St. Louis region.

Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer and Congresswoman Ann Wagner penned a letter to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Richard Glick this week, calling on the commission to approve Spire’s application to continue operations as winter approaches. The duo pointed to February’s winter storms, which led to increased prices and strain on the grid. Luetkemeyer and Wagner warned the St. Louis region would face devastating consequences in similar situations if the pipeline were shut down — an argument Spire has made as well.

“Shutting down the Spire STL Pipeline would have a devastating effect on the local communities in and surrounding St. Louis during the cold winter months,” the pair said. “In February of 2021, severe winter storms led to massive natural gas supply disruptions, historic spikes in the cost of natural gas, and widespread service outages throughout the United States. These winter storms proved how critical it is to have a robust and diverse natural gas supply to uphold citizen safety and keep Missourians warm.”

FERC granted the project a certificate of convenience and necessity (CCN) in 2018, giving the green light for the construction and operation of the 65-mile interstate pipeline. The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) sued FERC, Spire, and the pipeline the following year, arguing the commission failed to prove the pipeline’s benefits would outweigh any adverse effects before granting its approval.

Three judges on the federal appellate court vacated the approval in June and remanded the issue back to FERC.

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Current Position: US Representative for MO District 3 since 2009
Affiliation: Republican

William Blaine Luetkemeyer (/ˈluːtkəmaɪ.ər/ LOOT-kə-my-ər; born May 7, 1952) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Missouri’s 3rd congressional district, a seat he has held since 2009.

He is a member of the Republican Party.

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Blaine Luetkemeyer, Ann Wagner back Spire STL Pipeline
The Missouri Times, Cameron GerberAugust 27, 2021 (Medium)

As the fate of the Spire STL Pipeline hangs in the balance, members of Missouri’s congressional delegation advocated for the pipeline’s continued service in the St. Louis region.

Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer and Congresswoman Ann Wagner penned a letter to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Richard Glick this week, calling on the commission to approve Spire’s application to continue operations as winter approaches. The duo pointed to February’s winter storms, which led to increased prices and strain on the grid. Luetkemeyer and Wagner warned the St. Louis region would face devastating consequences in similar situations if the pipeline were shut down — an argument Spire has made as well.

“Shutting down the Spire STL Pipeline would have a devastating effect on the local communities in and surrounding St. Louis during the cold winter months,” the pair said. “In February of 2021, severe winter storms led to massive natural gas supply disruptions, historic spikes in the cost of natural gas, and widespread service outages throughout the United States. These winter storms proved how critical it is to have a robust and diverse natural gas supply to uphold citizen safety and keep Missourians warm.”

FERC granted the project a certificate of convenience and necessity (CCN) in 2018, giving the green light for the construction and operation of the 65-mile interstate pipeline. The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) sued FERC, Spire, and the pipeline the following year, arguing the commission failed to prove the pipeline’s benefits would outweigh any adverse effects before granting its approval.

Three judges on the federal appellate court vacated the approval in June and remanded the issue back to FERC.

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As the Representative of the 3rd Congressional District of Missouri, Blaine is committed to representing the interests of hard-working people by being a strong voice for them in Congress.

Representing the 13 counties that make up the 3rd Congressional District of Missouri, Blaine is a native of St. Elizabeth, MO where his family has lived for four generations.

Along with his strong agriculture background, Blaine is a small businessman, having been in the banking and insurance industry for over 30 years. He also served as a bank regulator for the state of Missouri earlier in his career.

From 1999 to 2005, Blaine was elected to the Missouri State House of Representatives. During his time in the Legislature, he served as Chairman of the Financial Services Committee and was elected by his colleagues to be the House Republican Caucus Chairman. After leaving office, he was appointed by Gov. Matt Blunt to serve as the Director of the Missouri Division of Tourism.

Blaine has represented the 3rd Congressional District of Missouri in the United States House of Representatives since 2009. In the 117th Congress, he serves on the House Financial Services Committee, as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and as the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Small Business.

In the 116th Congress, he served on the House Financial Services Committee, as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions and on the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis.

In the 115th Congress, Blaine served on the House Financial Services Committee as Chairman of Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee and as Vice Chairman of the House Small Business Committee.

In the 113th Congress, Blaine was ranked Missouri’s most effective lawmaker. The Legislative Effectiveness Project, run by professors at the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University, measures how successful a given representative is at getting things done. The average score for members of Congress was 1.0. Blaine received a 2.344.

Blaine is a member of the Knights of Columbus, Eldon Chamber of Commerce, Missouri Farm Bureau, National Rifle Association and a lifelong member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church. He is a graduate of Lincoln University in Jefferson City, MO, where he earned a degree with distinction in political science and a minor in business administration.

Blaine and his wife, Jackie, have three children and six grandchildren.

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Vicky Hartzler  Vicky Hartzler – MO4

Current Position: US Representative for MO District 4 since 2011
Affiliation: Republican

Vicky Jo Hartzler (née Zellmer, October 13, 1960) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Missouri’s 4th congressional district since 2011. A member of the Republican Party, she served as the Missouri State Representative for the 124th district from 1995 to 2000.

Hartzler’s district comprises a large swath of western-central Missouri, anchored in Columbia and stretching to the eastern and southern Kansas City suburbs, including a sliver of Kansas City. The district also includes Sedalia, Warrensburg, Moberly, and Lebanon.

She is a candidate in the 2022 United States Senate election in Missouri.

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Hartzler endorsed by Penny Nance of Concerned Women for America
The Missouri Times, KAITLYN SCHALLHORN September 1, 2021 (Long)

Penny Young Nance, president and CEO of Concerned Women for America (CWA) has backed Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler in her bid for U.S. Senate.

Nance, who was a member of former President Donald Trump’s Life Advisory Council, called Hartzler a “courageous warrior who fights for Missouri families.” The pair have become both friends and political allies over the years since Hartzler first ran for Congress, Nance said.

“She is a woman of great faith and deep conviction. I have watched Vicky fight tirelessly for the people of her district, and now I am excited to support her as she seeks to represent the entire state of Missouri,” Nance said. “Vicky’s values are unwavering; her heart is true, and her spirit is joyfully resolute. She is a dedicated public servant who cares not for the swamp but instead stands courageously for values and the people of Missouri.”

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Current Position: US Representative for MO District 4 since 2011
Affiliation: Republican

Vicky Jo Hartzler (née Zellmer, October 13, 1960) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Missouri’s 4th congressional district since 2011. A member of the Republican Party, she served as the Missouri State Representative for the 124th district from 1995 to 2000.

Hartzler’s district comprises a large swath of western-central Missouri, anchored in Columbia and stretching to the eastern and southern Kansas City suburbs, including a sliver of Kansas City. The district also includes Sedalia, Warrensburg, Moberly, and Lebanon.

She is a candidate in the 2022 United States Senate election in Missouri.

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Hartzler endorsed by Penny Nance of Concerned Women for America
The Missouri Times, KAITLYN SCHALLHORN September 1, 2021 (Long)

Penny Young Nance, president and CEO of Concerned Women for America (CWA) has backed Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler in her bid for U.S. Senate.

Nance, who was a member of former President Donald Trump’s Life Advisory Council, called Hartzler a “courageous warrior who fights for Missouri families.” The pair have become both friends and political allies over the years since Hartzler first ran for Congress, Nance said.

“She is a woman of great faith and deep conviction. I have watched Vicky fight tirelessly for the people of her district, and now I am excited to support her as she seeks to represent the entire state of Missouri,” Nance said. “Vicky’s values are unwavering; her heart is true, and her spirit is joyfully resolute. She is a dedicated public servant who cares not for the swamp but instead stands courageously for values and the people of Missouri.”

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Vicky Hartzler proudly represents the good people of Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District, which is comprised of 24 counties in West Central Missouri.

The beginning…

Vicky is a wife, mother, life-long farmer, small business owner and a former public school teacher with a passion for life and for serving God and others.  She grew up on a farm in Cass County, learned the value of hard work, graduated from Archie High School, then received a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Missouri.  She later earned a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Central Missouri.

She taught family and consumer sciences for 11 years in Lebanon and Belton, MO, coaching track for six years while at Belton and serving as co-director of a program for at-risk teens in addition to her regular teaching responsibilities.

Running for office…

Vicky began her public service in 1994 when she successfully ran for State Representative in the Missouri General Assembly. She served six years in the state house, representing parts of Cass and Johnson Counties.

She was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010 and serves on the House Armed Services and Agriculture Committees. On the House Armed Services Committee, she serves as the Ranking Member of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee and is a member of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee. On the House Agriculture Committee, she serves on the Livestock & Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee and the Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research Subcommittee. She also chairs the House Values Action Team. An advocate for traditional Missouri values, strong national defense, and sound fiscal discipline, Vicky has used her position in Congress to advance these principles and fight for the interests of her constituents in the Fourth district.

Fighting for Missouri…

Since entering Congress in 2011, Vicky has proven to be an effective legislator in Washington and a tireless advocate for her constituents at home. Vicky returns home on weekends and congressional work periods to listen and learn from those who elected her to represent them.

During her time in Congress, Vicky has effectively advanced legislation and initiatives reflective of Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District.

Parts of Missouri’s 4th District have been devastated by natural disasters in recent years and its communities have struggled to deal with the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) with its bureaucratic maze of the federal government. Aware of this, Vicky introduced H.R. 1117, the FEMA Relief Improvement Act, which requires FEMA to provide victims better guidance, more accurate information, and greater service from FEMA during emergencies and natural disasters.  The measure passed both the House and the Senate and was signed into law in 2017.

Recently, the National Human Trafficking Hotline reported that Missouri ranked 17th in the nation for reported human trafficking cases, with many of these cases involving minors. That is why Vicky introduced H.R. 2480, the Empowering Law Enforcement to Fight Sex Trafficking Demand Act, which opens up more Department of Justice grant funding to fight the heinous crime of sex trafficking. The House passed Vicky’s bill in 2017.

Combatting drug abuse…

Another challenge facing our district is the drug epidemic, which has reached startling proportions throughout the country. Vicky launched the “Drug Free MO Initiative” to fight against drug abuse, working with counties to establish drug courts and talking to teenagers about the danger of drugs. Working with law enforcement, parents who have lost their child to drug overdoses, and motivational speakers, she organizes high school assemblies where young people are challenged to be the generation which chooses to be live drug-free.  Informational resources are provided to help teens overcome opioid and drug abuse.

Serving rural communities…

Our district is blessed with many rural areas that make Missouri a special place to live. Vicky has worked to ensure our rural communities have access to the resources and services needed to ensure quality of life for families. With that in mind, Vicky introduced H.R. 3242, the Expanding Rural Investment in Jobs and Infrastructure Act, which allows more community colleges, hospitals, technical schools, and other training centers to access federal funding for rural infrastructure improvements.  Additionally, she successfully advocated for the repeal of the Waters of the U.S. rule, which would have potentially put up to 99% of Missouri land under federal jurisdiction.

In other efforts to help our communities, Vicky introduced and the House passed legislation to protect our school children. The Police Officers Protecting Children Act allows off-duty and retired law enforcement officers to carry a concealed firearm while in a school zone if local schools choose to allow it. This is especially important for schools in our rural communities where law enforcement may take a significant amount of time to respond to an emergency. As a former teacher, Vicky understands the challenges our educators and students face on a day-to-day basis. From school safety to academics to the rising costs that come with having kids in school, she is working on common sense solutions. In fact, in the fall of 2017 the House passed Vicky’s school lunch affordability amendment that would restore local control over school lunch prices, enabling school boards and localities to set their own prices based on need.

Providing for our men and women in uniform…

As a leader on the House Armed Services Committee, Vicky has played an instrumental role in drafting the annual National Defense Authorization Act. This includes working to fund critical modernization programs for the B-2 bomber at Whiteman Air Force Base, providing funding for a new hospital facility at Ft. Leonard Wood, securing much needed support for the Army’s Ammunition Production Plants like the one located at Lake City, and authorizing 24 additional F-18 Super Hornets to address the Navy’s severe strike fighter shortfall. As a former teacher, Vicky understands the importance of investing in our children, which is why she worked to secure additional impact aid for military-connected schools, such as the school districts surrounding Ft. Leonard Wood and Whiteman Air Force Base. In addition to her work on the House Armed Services Committee, Vicky is a co-chair of the bipartisan Long Range Strike Caucus, which advocates for the health and longevity of the Air Force bomber fleet, including investments in the new B-21 bomber.

Serving those who have served…

Missouri’s Fourth District is also home to a large concentration of veterans, so it is essential that its VA hospitals effectively serve the needs of those who served. Aware that VA hospitals across America are struggling to recruit and retain nurses and doctors because of outdated hiring restrictions, Vicky introduced H.R. 3754, the REHIRE Act, which would empower these hospitals with the flexibility to hire and compete with other medical providers. This measure will help improve Missouri’s VA facilities and ensure that its veterans receive the highest quality and most responsive care possible.

Vicky feels very honored to represent the good people of the Fourth District. Whether working for local interests, pushing back on government regulations or fighting for the Show Me State in Washington, Vicky Hartzler is putting Missouri first.

Life at home…

Vicky, her husband Lowell, and their daughter, Tiffany, reside on a working farm near Harrisonville in Cass County.

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Sam GravesSam Graves – MO6

Current Position: US Representative for MO District 6 since 2001
Affiliation: Republican

Samuel Bruce Graves Jr. (born November 7, 1963) is the United States Representative for Missouri’s 6th congressional district, serving since 2001. He is a member of the Republican Party. The district stretches across most of the northern third of the state, from the Kansas border to the Illinois border.

The bulk of its population lives in the northern part of the Kansas City area, including the northern fourth of Kansas City. Graves is the dean of Missouri’s House delegation.

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Elections data: Herzog, out-of-state committees top Graves donor list
St. Joseph News-Press, Matt HoffmannAugust 27, 2021 (Medium)

The latest federal elections data shows the majority of donors to Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., continue to come from out of state.

To date this year, the top listed donor to Graves was WinRed, a Republican Party fundraising platform that processes donations to campaigns.

The political action committee for car manufacturer Toyota, Toyota/Lexus PAC, donated $2,500 to Graves’ campaign. Henry Martin, a Democrat hoping to unseat Graves, told News-Press NOW he won’t accept money from that PAC. Martin was defeated in the 2020 Democratic primary and was defeated by Graves directly in 2018.

“If a company feels that they need to donate to people who voted not to certify the election, to me they are people who don’t believe in our democracy,” Martin said. “And I won’t be taking any money from those PACs under any circumstance unless they can prove through their actions that they do support the democracy.”

In a statement, Graves defended the donations he received and said he’s “happy to have the support” of the Toyota PAC.

“I’ve received the support of thousands of North Missouri patriots over the years and look forward to their continued support if an opponent emerges from the primary,” Graves said in a statement. “I’ll continue fighting back in Congress as liberals push to bankrupt our kids and grandkids.”

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Current Position: US Representative for MO District 6 since 2001
Affiliation: Republican

Samuel Bruce Graves Jr. (born November 7, 1963) is the United States Representative for Missouri’s 6th congressional district, serving since 2001. He is a member of the Republican Party. The district stretches across most of the northern third of the state, from the Kansas border to the Illinois border.

The bulk of its population lives in the northern part of the Kansas City area, including the northern fourth of Kansas City. Graves is the dean of Missouri’s House delegation.

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Elections data: Herzog, out-of-state committees top Graves donor list
St. Joseph News-Press, Matt HoffmannAugust 27, 2021 (Medium)

The latest federal elections data shows the majority of donors to Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., continue to come from out of state.

To date this year, the top listed donor to Graves was WinRed, a Republican Party fundraising platform that processes donations to campaigns.

The political action committee for car manufacturer Toyota, Toyota/Lexus PAC, donated $2,500 to Graves’ campaign. Henry Martin, a Democrat hoping to unseat Graves, told News-Press NOW he won’t accept money from that PAC. Martin was defeated in the 2020 Democratic primary and was defeated by Graves directly in 2018.

“If a company feels that they need to donate to people who voted not to certify the election, to me they are people who don’t believe in our democracy,” Martin said. “And I won’t be taking any money from those PACs under any circumstance unless they can prove through their actions that they do support the democracy.”

In a statement, Graves defended the donations he received and said he’s “happy to have the support” of the Toyota PAC.

“I’ve received the support of thousands of North Missouri patriots over the years and look forward to their continued support if an opponent emerges from the primary,” Graves said in a statement. “I’ll continue fighting back in Congress as liberals push to bankrupt our kids and grandkids.”

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Congressman Sam Graves is a lifelong resident of Missouri’s Sixth Congressional District. As a small businessman and a sixth-generation family farmer, Sam has spent his life working to make Missouri a better place to live, work, and raise a family.

In Congress, Sam serves as the Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. As Ranking Member, Sam leads the Republicans on the Committee as it has jurisdiction over all modes of transportation – our aviation system, highways and bridges, transit and rail transportation, pipelines, and maritime and waterborne transportation. Sam’s role in transportation is critical as he works on behalf of Missouri’s 34,000 highway miles and 10,400 bridges in need of maintenance and repair as well as the 6th Congressional District’s two major rivers – the Missouri and the Mississippi.

Sam is also a member of the House Committee on Armed Services. Missouri has a $15 billion military footprint and plays a critical role in ensuring our troops have the resources they need. Sam remains determined to protect Missouri’s various military installations and all of the brave men and women who serve in uniform.

Congressman Graves was born in Tarkio, Missouri on November 7, 1963. He graduated from Tarkio High School in 1982 and attended college at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he received his degree in Agronomy from the School of Agriculture.

In 1992, Sam won his first race for State Representative. In 1994, he was elected State Senator for the 12th Senatorial District and was subsequently re-elected in 1998.

Sam’s leadership has been recognized by organizations like the Missouri Chamber of Commerce, the Missouri Farm Bureau, the Missouri Hospital Association and the National Federation of Independent Businesses. As a father, grandfather, farmer, businessman, and former State legislator, Sam knows the values, hopes, and beliefs of the hard-working people of the Sixth District, and continues to work tirelessly for Missouri families in the United States House of Representatives.

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Billy LongBilly Long – MO7

Current Position: US Representative for MO District 7 since 2011
Affiliation: Republican

William Hollis Long II (born August 11, 1955) is an American auctioneer and politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Missouri’s 7th congressional district since 2011. The district includes much of the southwestern quadrant of the state and is anchored in Springfield. It also includes Joplin and Branson.

A member of the Republican Party, Long was elected to fill the district’s vacant seat in the 2010 after Roy Blunt was elected to the U.S. Senate.

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The delta variant continues to surge in the U.S.. The country is now experiencing more than 100,000 new infections a day. One of the places hit particularly hard is Missouri, where only 42 percent of eligible people are fully vaccinated, while the state has recorded more than 20,000 new cases during the last seven days. Republican Missouri Rep. Billy Long joins William Brangham to discuss.

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Current Position: US Representative for MO District 7 since 2011
Affiliation: Republican

William Hollis Long II (born August 11, 1955) is an American auctioneer and politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Missouri’s 7th congressional district since 2011. The district includes much of the southwestern quadrant of the state and is anchored in Springfield. It also includes Joplin and Branson.

A member of the Republican Party, Long was elected to fill the district’s vacant seat in the 2010 after Roy Blunt was elected to the U.S. Senate.

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The delta variant continues to surge in the U.S.. The country is now experiencing more than 100,000 new infections a day. One of the places hit particularly hard is Missouri, where only 42 percent of eligible people are fully vaccinated, while the state has recorded more than 20,000 new cases during the last seven days. Republican Missouri Rep. Billy Long joins William Brangham to discuss.

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Congressman Long was born and raised in Missouri’s 7th Congressional District where he proudly serves his constituents today.

Congressman Long has always believed we need more lawmakers in Washington, D.C. with real-world experience. He owned and operated auction and real estate businesses in southwest Missouri before running for office.

Voted ‘Best Auctioneer in the Ozarks’ 9 years straight, it’s no surprise he has been inducted into both the National Auctioneers’ Association Hall of Fame and the Missouri Professional Auctioneers’ Association Hall of Fame. His motto in the Auction business was “When you want it done right” and that attitude holds today. While he’s known for his unconventional, out of the box thinking, it all gets back to trying to do his best whether that’s selling grandma’s antiques or negotiating with his colleagues on Capitol Hill for the best outcome for his constituents. He’s known for his good nature and humor in Washington which both serve him well when negotiating with colleagues on the other side of the isle.

For six years, he co-hosted the top rated morning drive time radio call in show ‘Morning Line’ with his co-host Bonnie Bell’ in Springfield on AM560 KWTO “Keep Watching The Ozarks” – which covered 95 counties and part of four states. Engaging with folks for 30 years while booking auctions, selling real estate and taking their calls on air gave him a vast knowledge of what was on folks minds and what was important to them.

Billy has always believed that the principles of life, liberty, freedom and the power of the individual are values that we need to protect. As a result of his conservative track record, he has received countless awards from organizations such as the American Conservative Union, FreedomWorks, the National Federation of Independent Businesses, Safari Club International and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. As the awards continue to pile up, he considers the true reward is being in a position to help people.

Congressman Long sits on the House Energy and Commerce Committee where he serves on three crucial subcommittees: Communications and Technology, Health, and Oversight and Investigations.

A few of Congressman Long’s legislative priorities and accomplishments are listed below.

Protecting Table Rock Lake homeowners
Congressman Long has introduced legislation aimed to protect homeowners on Table Rock Lake from being forced to remove existing structures due to the Army Corps of Engineers boundary lines changing over time.

Reducing Diesel Emissions
Congressman Long worked across the aisle with Congresswoman Doris Matui to reauthorize the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA). DERA has proven to be a cost effective way to reduce harmful emissions from old diesel engines.

Stopping Bad Robocalls
During the 116th Congress, Congressman Long and his colleagues on the Energy and Commerce Committee worked to bring H.R. 3375 (Stopping Bad Robocalls Act) to the House floor – legislation that expands protections for consumers, increases the length of time the FCC can catch illegal robocallers and allows the federal government to issue penalties up to $10,000 per violation.

Rural Broadband Deployment
Congressman Long has championed legislation aimed to strengthen Internet access in rural and other underserved areas by promoting more Internet Exchanges across the country.

Congressman Long worked with Congressman Donald McEachin, Congressman Dave Loebsack, and Congressman Bob Latta to pass legislation that improves the accuracy of broadband maps throughout the nation. A key first step in the buildout of rural broadband infrastructure

Suicide Prevention
Congressman Long worked with Congressman Emanuel Cleaver on legislation that would give states funding for emotional wellbeing, mental health and suicide prevention training for school personnel in elementary and secondary schools.

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Jason SmithJason Smith – MO8

Current Position: US Representative for MO District 8 since 2013
Affiliation: Republican

Jason Thomas Smith (born June 16, 1980) is an American businessman and politician who is the U.S. Representative for Missouri’s 8th congressional district, serving since 2013. The district comprises 30 counties, covering just under 20,000 square miles of southeastern and southern Missouri.

Before being elected to Congress, Smith served four full terms and one partial term in the Missouri House of Representatives, serving as the Majority Whip during the 96th Missouri General Assembly[3] and as Speaker Pro Tem during the 97th Missouri General Assembly.

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Congressman Smith visits WPH Ranch in Mountain View
Ozark Radio News, Nate HudsonSeptember 6, 2021 (Short)

TEXAS COUNTY, MO – On Tuesday, August 31st, Congressman Jason Smith (R-MO) visited the WPH Ranch in Mountain View. He toured the farm, Airbnb cabin and event hall and spent time discussing the current challenges that cattlemen are facing.

“Nearly six decades and still going strong! WPH Ranch has been providing Missourians with everything from horses to beef and even cabins to rent for nature lovers. That’s why it’s important for the policies coming from Washington to empower ranchers like WPH so that they can continue their legacy for generations to come.

“Like so many of our small businesses, Monty and Georgia Williamson are concerned about the Biden administration’s plans to create a second death tax and make it difficult to pass their farm on to the next generation. I’m proud to sponsor legislation that will repeal the death tax in its entirety, and will keep fighting Washington overreach on behalf of family farms,” said Rep. Jason Smith.

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Current Position: US Representative for MO District 8 since 2013
Affiliation: Republican

Jason Thomas Smith (born June 16, 1980) is an American businessman and politician who is the U.S. Representative for Missouri’s 8th congressional district, serving since 2013. The district comprises 30 counties, covering just under 20,000 square miles of southeastern and southern Missouri.

Before being elected to Congress, Smith served four full terms and one partial term in the Missouri House of Representatives, serving as the Majority Whip during the 96th Missouri General Assembly[3] and as Speaker Pro Tem during the 97th Missouri General Assembly.

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Congressman Smith visits WPH Ranch in Mountain View
Ozark Radio News, Nate HudsonSeptember 6, 2021 (Short)

TEXAS COUNTY, MO – On Tuesday, August 31st, Congressman Jason Smith (R-MO) visited the WPH Ranch in Mountain View. He toured the farm, Airbnb cabin and event hall and spent time discussing the current challenges that cattlemen are facing.

“Nearly six decades and still going strong! WPH Ranch has been providing Missourians with everything from horses to beef and even cabins to rent for nature lovers. That’s why it’s important for the policies coming from Washington to empower ranchers like WPH so that they can continue their legacy for generations to come.

“Like so many of our small businesses, Monty and Georgia Williamson are concerned about the Biden administration’s plans to create a second death tax and make it difficult to pass their farm on to the next generation. I’m proud to sponsor legislation that will repeal the death tax in its entirety, and will keep fighting Washington overreach on behalf of family farms,” said Rep. Jason Smith.

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Jason Smith is a seventh-generation Missourian, a citizen-legislator, and a champion for the rights and values of rural Missourians.

Jason was raised in Salem, Missouri, where he still owns the same family farm that was started by his great grandfather. He attended Salem High School, where he was an active member of FFA. At the University of Missouri-Columbia, Jason earned degrees in Agricultural Economics and Business Administration. After receiving degrees from both programs in three years, he attended law school at Oklahoma City University before returning home to serve his community. Back home in Missouri Jason began running the family farm and practicing law. It was during this time that he recognized the harm that the overbearing government was inflicting on Missourians and our economy. This inspired Jason to run for office himself so he could begin to undo the damage.

Jason was elected to the Missouri General Assembly in a special election in 2005.

In the General Assembly, Jason fought to shrink the size of state government, eliminate burdensome rules and regulations, increase government transparency, protect property rights, require drug testing for welfare recipients, and defend Missouri agriculture. Thanks to his efforts, Jason’s colleagues selected him to serve in leadership: first as the Majority Whip and then as Speaker Pro Tem—one of the youngest in state history.

During a special election in June of 2013, Jason was elected to represent Missouri’s Eighth Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. He was re-elected in November 2014.

As a member of the 115th Congress, Jason serves on the Ways and Means Committee and the Budget Committee. In Washington Jason has made a name for himself as a strong defender of rural Missouri and all of rural America. Jason is committed to fighting intrusive government regulations, increasing markets for farmers and ranchers, and protecting his constituents’ rural way of life. For the 115th Congress Smith was elected by his peers to serve as Conference Secretary. Jason will use this role as a platform to be a strong advocate for holding government and Washington accountable to the folks of Missouri.

Jason has earned 100% ratings from the American Conservative Union and the Chamber of Commerce; he is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, pro-life and supports traditional values.

Jason attends Grace Community Church in Salem.

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