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Missouri House of Representatives
Missouri General Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type Lower house
Term limits 4 terms (8 years)
New session started January 6, 2016
Leadership
Speaker of the House Todd Richardson, (R)
since May 15, 2015
Speaker pro Tempore Denny Hoskins, (R)
since January 7, 2015
Majority Leader Mike Cierpiot, (R)
since May 15, 2015
Minority Leader Jacob Hummel, (D)
since January 7, 2015
Structure
Members 163
Missouri state legislature diagram house of representatives.svg
Political groups

Governing party

  •      Republican (116)

Opposition party

  •      Democratic (45)
  •      Independent (1)
Length of term 2 years
Authority Article III, Missouri Constitution
Salary $35,915/year + per diem
Elections
Last election November 4, 2014
(163 seats)
Next election November 1, 2016
(163 seats)
Redistricting Legislative Control
Meeting place
Missouri Capitol 1979.jpg
Missouri State Capitol
Jefferson City, Missouri
Website
Missouri House of Representatives

The Missouri House of Representatives is the lower chamber of the Missouri General Assembly. It has 163 members, representing districts with an average size of 37,000 residents. Members of the House are elected for a two-year term during general elections held in even-numbered years.

In 1992 Missouri approved a constitutional amendment providing term limits (before this there were no limits). No Representative may serve more than eight years in the House. Each candidate for the office must be at least twenty-four years old, a qualified registered voter in the state for at least two years, and a resident of his or her district for at least one year.

Missouri's house is the fourth largest in the United States although the state ranks 18th in population. Legislation was introduced in 2011 to cut its size to 103 members in 2020. States with larger legislatures in the United States are New Hampshire (400), Pennsylvania (203) and Georgia (180).

Composition

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Republican Democratic Independent Vacant
Begin 116 45 162 1
January 27, 2015 44 1 162 1
May 15, 2015 116 161 2
June 23, 2015 43 160 3
November 3, 2015 117 45 163 0
February 17, 2016 116 45 163 1
Latest voting share 71.17% 27.61% 0.61%

Term Limits

In 1992 Missouri voters approved a constitutional amendment placing term limits on the Missouri House of Representatives. A Representative can serve no more than four two-year terms in the house (a total of eight years). The first time term limits prevented someone from running again was in 2002.

Salary

As of March 2008, members of the Missouri House of Representatives receive an annual salary of $35,915.44.

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