KANSAS CITY, Mo. – State Rep. Greg Razer announced via email on Wednesday that he will run for state senate in 2020.
“For many of us, last night was a tough pill to swallow – myself included,” Razer wrote. “We lost elected officials and candidates who worked hard, had proven track records, and most importantly were right on the issues.”
Razer won an uncontested second term on Tuesday, representing Kansas City in the Missouri House. He succeeded former-Rep. Jeremy LaFaver.
During his first term, he worked across the aisle with Rep. Tom Hannegan, R-St. Charles, to push for the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act (MONA). He co-sponsored the bill in both 2017 and 2018.
“Right now we need leaders in Jefferson City who are unafraid to stand up for Missouri’s core values,” Razer said. “Leaders who can effectively work to ensure all Missourians have access to quality, affordable healthcare. Leaders who stand up for working men and women of this state, for the rights of women, for sensible gun laws, for better education for all our kids, and for the rights and dignity of LGBT Missourians.”
Razer’s former employer, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, once served the state from the House seat he now represents. Prior to his legislative duties, Razer was the Deputy Regional Director for McCaskill from 2008-2016.
Razer has also been active on the transportation, budget, and higher education committees.
He graduated from Cooter High School in Cooter, Missouri. He received his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2000.
The Senate seat is currently held by state Senator Jason Holsman, who is termed out in 2020.
HIS FULL EMAIL:
For many of us last night was a tough pill to swallow – myself included. We lost elected officials and candidates who worked hard, had proven track records, and most importantly were right on the issues.
However, despite those losses, Missourians have shown that they are with us on the issues. In the past three months Missouri voters have overwhelmingly rejected Right to Work, voted to increase the minimum wage, legalize medical marijuana, and clean up politics in Jefferson City.
Those Missourians – YOU – deserve a strong, effective voice in Jefferson City.
That’s why today I’m announcing my candidacy for the Missouri State Senate.
Right now we need leaders in Jefferson City who are unafraid to stand up for Missouri’s core values. Leaders who can effectively work to ensure all Missourians have access to quality, affordable healthcare. Leaders who stand up for working men and women of this state, for the rights of women, for sensible gun laws, for better education for all our kids, and for the rights and dignity of LGBT Missourians.
We also need leaders who know when it’s time to put partisan politics aside, work across the aisle and get things done for our state. During my time in the House, I have done just that. Working with Democrats and Republicans, I have worked to rebuild our state’s infrastructure, support higher education, end obstacles that limit young people in underserved areas in our city from fully participating in their education, and ensure our neighbors in rural Missouri have access to transportation, health care, and broadband.
It has been an honor of a lifetime these past few years to represent the men and women of the 25th House District. Make no mistake, that responsibility will continue to be my priority over the next two years. However, I feel that my voice, my perspective, and my abilities can even more effectively serve Kansas City and the state of Missouri in the Senate.
2020 feels like a long way off, and we have much to do between now and then. But I wanted you to be the first to know that I’m ready from day one to continue fighting for you.
I appreciate all of your help in each of our previous campaigns, and thank you in advance for your support in the future. I ask you show that support today by making a financial contribution, signing up to host a house party, or taking a yard sign when the time comes at www.GregRazer.com.
Rachael Herndon was the editor at The Missouri Times and also produced This Week in Missouri Politics, published Missouri Times Magazine, and co-hosted 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.