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Home of Maya Angelou, Mark Twain, and blues music (along with Mississippi and Louisiana), Missouri is a southwestern state that shares borders with eight others. During westward expansion in the 1800s, most settler trails started in Missouri, which is now memorialized by St. Louis’s Gateway Arch. Less known are the city’s ties to culinary invention – both iced tea and the ice cream cone were invented during the St. Louis World’s fair of 1904. Missouri is one of 22 states where Republicans control the governorship, the house, and the senate (also known as a trifecta).

State capital

Jefferson City

Population 2017

6113532

Largest city

Kansas City

Year entered union

1821

State flower

Crataegus punchtata

Motto

"Salus populi suprema lex esto"

  • Rep

    Governor

  • 34 Total Seats

    State Senate

    • 24
    • 10
    • 0
    • 0
    163 Total Seats

    State Assembly

    • 116
    • 47
    • 0
    • 0

    Democrats

    Republicans

    Independent

    Vacancies

    Policies & Political Updates

    • Missouri State Senate passes measure banning abortion eight weeks into pregnancy

      Abortion

      16/05/2019

    • State Republican is trying to reduce judges' power to impose death sentences

      Capital Punishment, Justice and the courts

      22/04/2019

    • Medical marijuana laws find success in Missouri, failure in Kansas

      Drug policy

      1/04/2019

    • Missouri House plan would undo "mandatory minimum" sentences for some nonviolent offenses

      Incarceration and recidivism

      14/01/2019

    • Even in Missouri, arranged marriages should be outlawed

      Civil Rights

      6/01/2019

    • How Activists Helped Change St. Louis: An Interview with Cassandra Gould

      Justice and the courts

      19/12/2018

    • State GOP's attempt to undermine new anti-gerrymandering law

      Republican politics, Voting and electoral systems

      8/12/2018

    • Efforts to Legalize Marijuana Move Forward in many states

      Drug policy

      9/11/2018

    • Marijuana Legalization Wins in 3 of 4 States

      Drug policy

      7/11/2018

    • Gerrymandering Opponents Win Key Victories

      Voting and electoral systems

      7/11/2018

    • Why Amendment 1 would clear up Missouri politics

      Campaign finance, State government

      31/10/2018

    • What voting yes to the state's gas tax measure means

      State elections, Taxation, Transport and infrastructure

      30/10/2018

    • The Missouri 2018 ballot is a monster

      State elections

      25/10/2018

    • Missouri House Speaker will step down to oversee state’s Medicaid program

      State government

      22/10/2018

    • Amendment to change Bingo regulations on Missouri ballot this November

      Business and industrial policy

      22/10/2018

    • Missouri Supreme Court rules that secondary non-photo ID cab be used to vote

      Voting and electoral systems

      22/10/2018

    • Right wing-funded organisation posts signs opposing Amendment 1

      Campaign finance

      20/10/2018

    • Confused situation on Voter ID ahead of elections

      Voting and electoral systems

      17/10/2018

    • Comparing and contrasting marijuana proposals on Missouri ballot

      Drug policy

      14/10/2018

    • Missouri down to 1 abortion clinic amid legal battle

      Abortion

      3/10/2018

    • St. Louis public transportation needs to get on track

      Transport and infrastructure

      25/09/2018

    • Abortion Ruling Could Limit Access in Missouri

      Abortion

      9/09/2018

    • Missouri report: Blacks 85 percent more likely to be stopped

      Civil Rights, Policing

      1/06/2018

    State Facts and Figures

    • Governor

      • Governor
        Mike Parson
      • Governor's Party
        Republican
      • Running for re-election?
        TBD
      • General Election
        Nov 3 2020
      • Primary Election
        2020
      • Open or Closed Primary
        Open
      • Governor and Lieutenant Governor on same ticket
        No
    • Lieutenant Governor

      • Lieutenant Governor
        Mike Kehoe
      • Lieutenant Governor's Party
        Republican
      • General Election
        Nov 3 2020
      • Primary Election
        2020
      • Open or Closed Primary
        Open
    • Attorney General

      • Attorney General
        Josh Hawley
      • Attorney General Party
        Republican
      • General Election
        Nov 3 2020
      • Primary Election
        2020
    • State Senate

      • Length of Term (Years)
        4
      • Term Limits
        2
      • Scheduled Session 2018
        Jan 3 - May 18
      • Total Members
        34
      • Number who are Democrats
        10
      • Number who are Republicans
        24
      • Number who are POC
        3
      • Percentage who are POC
        9%
      • Number who are men
        25
      • Percentage who are men
        74%
      • Number who are women
        7
      • Percentage who are women
        21%
      • General Election
        Nov 6 2018
      • Primary Election
        Aug 7 2018
    • State Assembly

      • Length of Term (Years)
        2
      • Term Limits
        4
      • Scheduled Session 2018
        Jan 3 - May 18
      • Total Members
        163
      • Number who are Democrats
        47
      • Number who are Republicans
        116
      • Number who are POC
        20
      • Percentage who are POC
        12%
      • Number who are men
        120
      • Percentage who are men
        74%
      • Number who are women
        39
      • Percentage who are women
        24%
      • General Election
        Nov 6 2018
      • Primary Election
        Aug 7 2018
    • Representation in Congress

      • Senior Senator
        Roy Blunt
      • Party
        Republican
      • Next Election
        2022
      • Junior Senator
        Josh Hawley
      • Junior Senators Party
        Republican
      • Next Election Year
        2024
      • U.S. House Democrats
        2
      • U.S. House Republicans
        6
    • Demographics

      • Female, percent
        50.9%
      • White alone, percent
        83.1%
      • Black or African American alone, percent
        11.8%
      • American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent
        0.6%
      • Asian alone, percent
        2.1%
      • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent
        0.1%
      • Two or More Races, percent
        2.3%
      • Hispanic or Latino, percent
        4.2%
      • Number of Veterans, 2012-2016
        438,100
      • Percentage of foreign born persons, 2012-2016
        3.9%
      • Language other than English spoken at home, percent of persons aged 5+, 2012-2016
        6%
      • Number of Homeless
        6,037
      • Number of Kids in Foster Care, 2015
        12,160
      • Percentage in Foster Care for 5 or more years
        4%
      • Number in Foster Care per Thousand
        5
    • Economy

      • Minimum wage level in 2018 (Dollars per hour)
        7.85
      • Annual state budget in Dollars (2016)
        24,628,000,000
      • State Credit Rating as of 2017
        AAA
      • State Debt in Dollars (2014)
        19,350,325,000
      • Maximum State Income Tax Level, Percent
        6%
    • Top Export by value, 2017

      • Top 1
        Vehicles
      • Top 2
        Civilian aircraft engines and parts
      • Top 3
        Motorcycles
    • Healthcare

      • Children's Uninsured Rate
        4.5%
      • Parents' Uninsured Rate
        11%
      • Medicaid Expansion
        No
    • Policy

      • Capital punishment
        Yes
      • Legalization of cannabis
        Decriminalized, medicinal and recreational
      • Assisted dying and euthanasia
        No
      • Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16 years+, 2012-2016
        23.4
      • Persons in Poverty, Percent
        14%
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