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Missouri State Senate
Missouri General Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Type Upper house
Term limits 2 terms (8 years)
New session started January 6, 2016
Lt. Governor Peter Kinder, (R)
since January 10, 2005
President Pro Tempore of the Senate Ron Richard, (R)
since January 7, 2013
Majority Leader Mike Kehoe, (R)
since January 7, 2013
Minority Leader Joe Keaveny, (D)
since January 5, 2015
Members 34
Political groups

Governing party

  •      Republican (24)

Opposition party

  •      Missouri Democratic Party (8)


  •       Vacant (2)
Length of term 4 years
Authority Article IV, Missouri Constitution
Salary $35,915/year + per diem
Last election November 4, 2014
(17 seats)
Next election November 1, 2016
(17 seats)
Redistricting Legislative Control
Meeting place
State Senate Chamber
Missouri State Capitol
Jefferson City, Missouri
Missouri State Senate

The Missouri Senate is the upper chamber| of the Missouri General Assembly. It has 34 members, representing districts with an average population of 174,000. Its members serve four-year terms, with half the seats being up for election every two years.


After the 2014 elections, the party representation in the Senate was:

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Republican Democratic Vacant
End of previous legislature 23 9 34 2
Begin 25 9 34 0
August 7, 2015 24 33 1
August 23, 2015 8 32 2
Latest voting share 75% 25%


Standing Committees

Committee Chair Vice-Chair
Administration Tom Dempsey Ron Richard
Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources Brian Munzlinger Doug Libla
Appropriations Kurt Schaefer Ryan Silvey
Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy and the Environment Mike Kehoe Ed Emery
Education David Pearce Gary Romine
Financial and Governmental Organizations and Elections Jay Wasson Mike Cunningham
General Laws Rob Schaaf Paul Wieland
Governmental Accountability and Fiscal Oversight Mike Cunningham Ryan Silvey
Gubernatorial Appointments Tom Dempsey Ron Richard
Jobs, Economic Development and Local Government Eric Schmitt Dan Hegeman
Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Bob Dixon Bob Onder
Progress and Development Joseph Keavney Gina Walsh
Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics Ron Richard Tom Dempsey
Seniors, Families and Pensions David Sater Jeanie Riddle
Small Business, Insurance and Industry Mike Parson
Transportation Doug Libla Dave Schatz
Veterans' Affairs, Pensions and Urban Affairs Dan Brown Rob Schaaf
Ways and Means Will Kraus Wayne Wallingford

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