JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Sen. Jacob Hummel has resigned from the Missouri state Senate.

“After a decade of service in the Missouri House and Senate, I look forward to continuing to fight for workers’ rights, fair wages, and a strong economy through my role as Secretary-Treasurer for the Missouri AFL-CIO,” Hummel said. “If in the future, this position or any other requires filing with the MEC, I want to ensure that I am able to do so.

Hummel has been a tireless advocate for the working class and labor. He just finished his first term in the state Senate after winning a landslide defeat against Prop A, otherwise known as “Right-to-Work.”

Hummel has served as the secretary-treasurer of Missouri AFL-CIO since 2014. 

The Senator was elected in a special election to replace former-Sen. Joe Keaveny in 2016 and had the support of then-Governor Jay Nixon, who said, “There is no stronger advocate than Rep. Jake Hummel when I have gone to the floor and needed an ally,” he said.

Before serving in the state Senate, Hummel was a state representative and served as the House Minority Leader.

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“It’s been an honor to serve 8 years alongside Sen. Hummel in both the House and Senate,” said fellow Democratic Senator John Rizzo. “I’ve been able to watch him grow into a great leader within the Democratic Party, working to protect working families and to make St. Louis better every day.”

Hummel will be replaced in January by Sen.-elect Karla May, who was elected in November.

Rachael Herndon is the editor at The Missouri Times, and also produces This Week in Missouri Politics, publishes Missouri Times Magazine, and co-hosts the #moleg podcast. She joined the Missouri Times in 2014, returning to political reporting after working as a campaign and legislative staffer.

Rachael studied at the University of Missouri – Columbia. She lives in Jefferson City with her husband, Brandon, and their two children.

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