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Meet the freshmen: St. Louis Area

April 02, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

This is the second installment of our week-long, six part series,
“Meet the Freshmen.” 

 

Rep. Bob Burns, D-St. Louis

Rep. Bob Burns, D-St. Louis

Bob Burns, D-St. Louis —

Hometown: St. Louis

Political career highlight: “I’ve been involved in public service for 40 years with the Affton School Board and working for Congressman Dick Gephardt and Sen. Claire McCaskill.”

Key Issues: “I have a labor background, so protecting workers is important to me.”

What people don’t know: “I had my own band for the four years I was in high school. Played music from 1960-1998. I played the bass guitar, and our band played old time rock and roll. Our band was called the Castaways, and we had a very nice Motown style to us.”

Rep. Robert Cornejo, R-St. Peters

Rep. Robert Cornejo, R-St. Peters

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Robert Cornejo, R-St. Peters —

Education: Washington University and the University of Missouri

Career Highlights: A partner in the law firm of Kespohl, McCrary, & Cornejo.

Key Issues: Taxation Issues.

What People Don’t Know About You: Robert played college football at Washington University and never lost a conference game. He served as captain.

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Rep. Keith English, D-Florissant

Rep. Keith English, D-Florissant

Keith English, D-Florissant — 
Hometown: Florissant

Education: Saint Louis University (graduated from the IBEW Joint Apprenticeship Training Center)

Political career highlight: Living his “lifetime dream of representing my constituents on a statewide level. … Taking public service to the next level.”

Key issue: Cutting fraud and representing both sides of the aisle.

What people don’t know about you: Cage fighter, number one hobby is gardening (flower pots and salsa ingredients).

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Rep. Kim Gardner, D-St. Louis

Rep. Kim Gardner, D-St. Louis

Kimberly Gardner, D-St. Louis —

Hometown: O’Fallon

Education: B.S. in Health Care Administration from Harris Stowe University, Master’s in Nursing and her J.D. from St. Louis University.

Career Highlight: “Being here and being able to meet people that also want to help their citizens like I do.”

Key Issues: Medicaid expansion and education

What people don’t know: Gardner is a track runner, and the first and only African American woman to win first place in the state.

Rep. Ron Hicks, R-St. Peters

Rep. Ron Hicks, R-St. Peters

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Ron Hicks, R – St. Peters —

Education: Homeschooled

Career Highlights: After being a business owner in California, he helped run his wife’s family company.

Key Issues: 2nd Amendment Issues and Economic Development.

What People Don’t Know About You: Hicks stars in professional hunting videos.

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Rep. TJ McKenna , D-Festus

Rep. TJ McKenna , D-Festus

TJ McKenna, D-Festus —

Hometown: Festus

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Mizzou.

Career Highlight: Winning by 89 votes out of 15,000 cast.

Key Issue: Transportation.

What People Don’t Know: “I’m the fourth generation of my family to serve in the legislature.”

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Rep. Sue Meredith, D-St. Louis

Rep. Sue Meredith, D-St. Louis

Sue Meredith, D-St. Louis —

Hometown: Unincorporated St. Louis County

Education: B.S. Political Science and Masters in Legal Studies from Webster University

Career Highlight: “Getting elected to represent my hometown area.”

Key Issues: Health care

What people don’t know: “I am an awesome mom.”

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Gina Mitten, D-St. Louis —

Rep. Gina Mitten, D-St. Louis

Rep. Gina Mitten, D-St. Louis

Hometown: Richmond Heights

Education: B.S. in Political Science and Philosophy from University of Missouri — St. Louis, J.D. from Washington University

Career Highlight: “Being here and being able to put talents to use to hopefully benefit others.”

Key Issues: Health care.

What people don’t know: “I’m a big movie buff and can quote many of them.”

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Chrissy Sommer, R-St. Charles —

Rep. Chrissy Sommer, R-St. Charles

Rep. Chrissy Sommer, R-St. Charles

Hometown: St. Charles

Education: Associate’s degree in Business Administration from St. Louis Community College, bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Business Marketing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Political career highlight: “After winning a very close special election and then having a very successful primary and general in 2012, I think the highlights so far include being able to work in our beautiful Capitol, learning about the needs of my constituents as well as those around the state.”

Key issue: “HB162 Firearms Freedom Act, HB52 Joint Committee on the Tenth Amendment, HB54 CCW plus and HB528 Gifted Education Advisory Board.  I am also concerned about Education issues, the Economy and issues that are important to my constituents and our State.”

What people don’t know about you: “I studied Art in College in addition to Business and that if I had more free time I would love to draw and paint and take photos more than I am able to do.  Also that I adopt rescue animals and currently have 3 black labs, 1 cat and a chinchilla (who is at least 23 years old).”


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