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Freshmen to Watch: Rep. Adam Schnelting


With his strong religious sentiments driving a pro-life agenda, Rep. Adam Schnelting has a vision for how to propel Missouri forward.

Schnelting, a former pastor and legislative assistant, hopes to bring a more traditional perspective, coupled with a strong economic presence, to Missouri during his time in office. He vowed to defend the traditional values he deems pertinent as a lawmaker.

“I ran for two reasons. The first is to defend our values, and the second is to make Missouri competitive again,” Schnelting said. “We’re living in a time [when] some of our politicians would rather change our values than defend them. I disagree with that approach.”

Schnelting isn’t the first in his family to be a part of government. His 10th great-grandfather, Augustine Warner, was the Speaker of the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1676.

Aside from his family background, Schnelting can point to a number of things that served as a catalyst for his decision to run for office — including his faith.

“One of the things that’s important to me as a Christian is that I believe my faith should inform everything that I do, and politics or policy is not exempt from that,” he said.

With that in mind, Schnelting has made an effort to focus on conservative issues including pro-life legislation. Schnelting has steadfastly kept an eye on HB 126, a bill that would limit abortion services upon the appearance of a fetal heartbeat, as it passed out of the House and was sent to the Senate. Schnelting worked on the bill with Reps. Nick Schroer and Mary Elizabeth Coleman, he said.

Schnelting is also co-sponsoring HB 643 which would allow individuals with concealed carry permits to bring firearms on public transit.

Legislation aside, Schnelting said he’s come to know many people in state government who he is happy to serve alongside with.

“You hear a lot of talking points outside of politics about how all these politicians are so terrible, but in getting to know so many people on either side of the aisle, you realize we’ve got some very decent, good-hearted people in this building,” Schnelting said.