Lobbyist Report – 2018

ACEC Missouri
August 10, 2018



UNITED STATES SENATEMissouri Republican Attorney General Josh Hawley will face incumbent Democrat Senator Claire McCaskill in November’s election. Hawley garnered 57% of the vote cast for the eleven Republicans on the ballot.  McCaskill’s vote totaled 83% of the votes cast for the seven Democrats vying for the nomination.

MISSOURI STATE AUDITORThe State Auditor’s race is the only other statewide office up for election this year.  Incumbent Democrat Auditor Nicole Galloway was unopposed in the primary.  Galloway was appointed to the office in 2015 by then Governor Jay Nixon to fill the unexpired term of Thomas Schweich.  Republican Saundra McDowell defeated three other Republicans garnering 33% of the vote.  McDowell, an attorney, previously worked in the Securities Division of the Missouri Secretary of State’s office and as an assistant attorney general.

MISSOURI CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTSAll eight of Missouri’s incumbent members of the U.S. House easily won their primary contests.  Three members of Congress (Cleaver-District 5, Graves-District 6, and Smith-District 8) were unopposed.

MISSOURI STATE SENATEDemocrat State Senator Jacob Hummel lost his bid for re-election to State Rep. Karla May in the urban St. Louis 4th District.  May will face Republican Robert Crump in the November contest.  Other key races include:

  • District 14 (St. Louis) – This race featured three well known Democrats. Brian Williams, a former aide to Congressman Lacy Clay, bested his two challengers with 40% of the vote. There is no Republican opposition in the general election.
  • District 16 (Rolla and mid-Missouri) – Republican Justin Brown garnered 40% of the primary vote against two well-known state representatives. Brown, a veterinarian, is the son of Senator Dan Brown who was term limited. He will face Democrat Ryan Dillon in the general election.
  • District 18 (Northeast Missouri) – This Republican race featured three state representatives and a newcomer businesswoman. Republican Cindy O’Laughlin garnered 37% of the vote to win the nomination.  She will face Democrat Crystal Stevens in the general election.
  • District 32 (Southwest Missouri) – State Representative Bill White won the nomination against Joplin Chamber of Commerce CEO Rob O’Brian, garnering 64% of the vote. White will face Democrat Carolyn McGowan in November.
  • District 34 (Platte and Buchanan Counties) – Republican attorney Tony Luetkemeyer won the nomination with 54% of the vote against Buchanan County Presiding Commissioner Harry Roberts (46%). He will face Democrat Martin Rucker II in the general election contest.

: All of Missouri’s 163 House districts were up for election on Tuesday. Key Results include: 

  • A total of 112 incumbents (73 Republicans and 39 Democrats) won their primary races. Of those incumbents, 24 have no general election contest (12 Republicans and 12 Democrats). Additionally, 12 candidates who won primary races in open seats have no general election race.
  • There are 55 open seats in the House due to term limits or the incumbent deciding not to run for re-election.
  • State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal, who was term-limited in the Senate, won her bid for the House with 50% of the vote. There is no Republican running in the general election.
  • Two former state representatives won their primary races and are returning to the House: Sheila Solon (R-St. Joseph) and Rep. Ron Hicks (St. Peters).  Hicks won his primary by 4 votes.

PROPOSITION A – RIGHT TO WORK: The initiative petition to make Missouri a Right to Work state failed spectacularly with 67% voting against the measure and 33% voting in favor.

INITIATIVE PETITION MEASURES ON THE NOVEMBER 6 BALLOT:  Voters will have the opportunity to decide seven measures in the November 6th election.

  • Constitutional Amendment 1, known as “Clean Missouri” would:
    • Change the process and criteria for redrawing legislative districts during reapportionment;
    • Change limits on campaign contributions that candidate for the legislature can accept from individuals or entities;
    • Establish a $5 limit on gifts that state legislators and their employees can accept from individuals or entities;
    • Prohibit state legislators, and their employees, from serving as paid lobbyists for two years following the end of their last legislative session;
    • Prohibit political fundraising by candidates for or members of the state legislature on state property; and
    • Requires all legislative records and proceedings to be subject to the state open records and meetings laws.
  • Constitutional Amendment 2 would allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes and create a licensing and certification process for marijuana and marijuana facilities. Additionally, it would impose a 4% tax on retail sale of marijuana with the funds to be used by the Missouri Veterans Commission to administer the program to license, certify and regulate marijuana and marijuana facilities.
  • Constitutional Amendment 3 would allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes and create a licensing and certification process for marijuana and marijuana facilities. It imposes a 15% tax on the retail sale of marijuana and a tax on the wholesale sale of marijuana flowers and leaves per dry weight ounce to licensed facilities. The proceeds of the taxes are to be used to fund a state research institute with the purpose of developing cures and treatments for cancer and other incurable diseases.
  • Constitutional Amendment 4 would amend the Missouri constitution to: remove language limiting bingo game advertising that a court ruled unenforceable; and allow a member of a licensed organization conducting bingo games to participate in the management of bingo games after being a member of the organization for six months instead of the current two years. State and local governmental entities estimate no costs or savings from this proposal.
  • Proposition B would create statutes to increase the state minimum wage to $8.60 per hour with 85 cents increase per year until 2023 when the state minimum wage would be $12 per hour. Government employers are exempted from the provisions. The petition contains penalty provisions for employers who do not follow the minimum wage law.
  • Proposition C would remove state prohibitions on personal use and possession of medical marijuana with written certification by a physician who treats a patient diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition. It would also remove state prohibitions against growth, possession, production and sale of medical marijuana by licensed and regulated facilities. It imposes a 2% tax on the retail sale of marijuana with the funds from the tax to be used for veterans’ services, drug treatment, early childhood education and for public safety in cities with a medical marijuana facility.
  • Proposition D would fund Missouri state law enforcement by increasing the motor fuel tax by 2½ cents per gallon annually for four years beginning July 1, 2019, exempt Special Olympic, Paralympic, and Olympic prizes from state taxes, and to establish the Emergency State Freight Bottleneck Fund. If passed, this measure will generate at least $288 million annually to the State Road Fund to provide for the funding of Missouri state law enforcement and $123 million annually to local governments for road construction and maintenance.

To see the complete list of results of the August 7th primary election, click here.


August 28, 2018 – Legislation enacted during the 2016 legislative session becomes effective unless the legislation carried a specific date or emergency clause.
September 12, 2018 – Annual Veto Session in Jefferson City.
November 6, 2018 – Missouri General Election Day.
December 1, 2018 – First day to pre-file legislation for the 2019 legislative session.
January 9, 2019 – 2019 legislative session begins.