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  • DID YOU KNOW THE FOLLOWING ABOUT Missouri

    When the Missouri Territory first applied for statehood, a debate ensued over the government’s right to restrict slavery. The Missouri Compromise granted Maine entrance into the Union as a free state while allowing Missouri permission to enter without restrictions on slavery. An amendment was added that prohibited slavery in the remaining Louisiana Purchase territory north of latitude 36°30’, but the Missouri Compromise was ultimately ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 1857.

    On Oct. 27, 1838, after Mormons attacked a militia believed to be an anti-Mormon mob, Governor Lilburn Boggs issued an “Extermination Order,” which directed General John Clark to treat all members of the Mormon Church as enemies that must either be exterminated or removed from the state of Missouri. Governor Christopher Bond officially rescinded the order in 1976.

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    In 1873, Susan Elizabeth Blow opened the first public kindergarten in the United States in St. Louis after having become interested in the kindergarten methods of philosopher Friedrich Froebel while traveling in Germany a few years earlier. Blow later established a training school for kindergarten teachers.

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    Charles Lindbergh’s flight from Long Island to Paris May 20-21, 1927, took 33 and one half hours to complete and was the first nonstop solo transatlantic flight in history. Named The Spirit of St. Louis in recognition of the St. Louis, Missouri, businessmen who funded its construction, Lindbergh’s single-engine plane had a 46-foot wingspan and weighed 2,150 pounds when empty.

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    The Gateway Arch in St. Louis is the country’s tallest manmade monument at 630 feet. Completed in 1965, the structure was built to commemorate the city’s importance in settling the west following President Thomas Jefferson’s Louisiana Purchase in 1803.

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    During the Civil War, Missourians were split in their allegiances, supplying both Union and Confederate forces with troops.

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    State of Missouri Quick Facts
    • Current Population:6,083,672
    • Voter Registration Deadline: 27 days before an election
    • Election Day Voter Registration: No
    • Early Voting: No
    • Absentee Voting: Yes
    • Voter ID: Yes
    • Electoral Colleges: 10
    • Congressional Districts: 8
    • Date of Statehood: August 10, 1821
    • Size: 69,702 square miles
    • Nickname(s): Show Me State
    • Tree: Flowering Dogwood
    • Flower: White Hawthorn Blossom
    • Bird: Bluebird

    Missouri State Government

    Missouri Constitution

    PREAMBLE

    We, the people of Missouri, with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, and grateful for His goodness, do establish this Constitution for the better government of the state.

    The Executive Branch
    Aerial photograph of the Missouri State Capitol Building.

    Executive Power

    The supreme executive power shall be vested in a governor.

    Missouri Executive Offices
  • The Governor (Elected)
  • The Lieutenant Governor (Elected)
  • The Attorney General (Elected)
  • The Secretary Of State (Elected)
  • Legislative Branch
    Aerial photograph of the Missouri State Capitol Building.

    Legislative Power

    The legislative power shall be vested in a senate and house of representatives to be styled "The General Assembly of the State of Missouri."

    The senate, acting independently, has no power to create committees to sit after adjournment of the general assembly but both houses of the general assembly acting jointly by resolution may create such committees.

    The senate shall consist of thirty-four members elected by the qualified voters of the respective districts for four years.

    Judicial Branch
    Missouri Supreme Court Building

    Judicial Power

    The judicial power of the state shall be vested in a Supreme Court, a Court of Appeals consisting of districts as prescribed by law, and circuit courts.

    Missouri Current Partisan Composition
    State Representatives(163)
    (46)(117)
    State Senators(34)
    (9)(25)
    US Representatives(8)
    (2)(6)
    US Senators(2)
    (1)(1)
    State Executives
    Governor
    Lt. Governor
    Att. General
    Sec. Of State

    State Officials Terms, Authority,Salary, and Qualitications

    Missouri Executive Offices
    The Governor
    Authority

    The governor shall take care that the laws are distributed and faithfully executed, and shall be a conservator of the peace throughout the state.

    Qualifications

    The governor shall be at least thirty years old and shall have been a citizen of the United States for at least fifteen years and a resident of this state at least ten years next before election.

    Election

    Missouri elects governors in the presidential elections, that is, in leap years

    Term of Office

    The Governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality

    Limit on Tenure

    Missouri governors are restricted to two terms in office during their lifetime.

    Salary

    $133,821.

    Qualification age

    The governor shall be at least thirty years old.

    The Lieutenant Governor
    Authority

    In committee of the whole he may debate all questions, and shall cast the deciding vote on equal division in the senate and on joint vote of both houses.

    Qualifications

    There shall be a lieutenant governor who shall have the same qualifications as the governor and shall be ex officio president of the senate.

    Election

    Missouri elects lieutenant governors in the presidential elections, that is, in leap years.

    Term of Office

    The lieutenant governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality.

    Limit on Tenure

    Has no specific term limit.

    Salary

    $86,484.

    Qualification age

    Shall be at least thirty years old.

    The Attorney General
    Authority

    The executive department shall consist of all state elective and appointive officials and employees except officials and employees of the legislative and judicial departments. In addition to the governor and lieutenant governor there shall be a state auditor, secretary of state, attorney general.

    Qualifications

    In order to serve as attorney general, an individual must be a U.S. citizen (number of years not specified) and have been a state resident for at least one year.

    Election

    Missouri elects attorneys general in the presidential elections, that is, in leap years.

    Term of Office

    Seves term of 4 years.

    Limit on Tenure

    There are no term limits on the position.

    Salary

    $116,437.

    The Secretary Of State
    Authority

    The secretary of state shall be custodian of the seal of the state, and authenticate therewith all official acts of the governor except the approval of laws.

    Qualifications

    Must be a citizen of the United States,Must be a legal resident of the state for one year immediately preceding election or appointment,Is not delinquent in the payment of any state income taxes, personal property taxes, real property taxes on the place of residence as stated in the declaration of candidacy, Is not a past or present corporate officer of any fee office that owes any taxes to the state, Has not been found guilty of or pled guilty to a felony or misdemeanor under the federal laws of the United States of America, Has not been convicted of or found guilty of or pled guilty to a felony under the laws of Missouri

    Election

    The office of Secretary of State is an elected position with elections held every four years.

    Term of Office

    The office of Secretary of State is an elected position with elections held every four years.

    Limit on Tenure

    There are no term limits for this office.

    Salary

    $107,746.

    Missouri State Congress
    The State House
    Authority

    The Speaker of the House is the presiding officer of the body. Duties of the speaker include preserving order and decorum, speaking on points of order, and making parliamentary rulings.

    Qualifications

    Each representative shall be twenty-four years of age, and next before the day of his election shall have been a qualified voter for two years and a resident of the county or district which he is chosen to represent for one year, if such county or district shall have been so long established, and if not, then of the county or district from which the same shall have been taken.

    Election

    The house of representatives shall consist of one hundred sixty-three members elected at each general election.

    Term of Office

    Term of 2 years.

    Limit on Tenure

    That initiative said that Missouri house are subject to term limits of no more than four two-year terms, or a total of eight years.

    Salary

    $35,915/year + per diem.

    Qualification age

    Each representative shall be twenty-four years of age.

    The State Senate
    Authority

    The Lieutenant Governor serves as President of the Senate.

    Qualifications

    Each senator shall be thirty years of age, and next before the day of his election shall have been a qualified voter of the state for three years and a resident of the district which he is chosen to represent for one year, if such district shall have been so long established, and if not, then of the district or districts from which the same shall have been taken.

    Election

    For the election of senators, the state shall be divided into convenient districts of contiguous territory, as compact and nearly equal in population as may be.

    Term of Office

    The senators serve four-year terms.

    Limit on Tenure

    Limit of two terms.

    Salary

    $35,915/year + per diem

    Qualification age

    Each senator shall be thirty years of age .

    Missouri State Courts
    The Supreme Court
    Authority

    The Supreme Court shall be the highest court in the state. Its jurisdiction shall be coextensive with the state. Its decisions shall be controlling in all other courts. It shall be composed of seven judges, who shall hold their sessions in Jefferson City at times fixed by the court.

    Qualifications

    Judges of the supreme court and of the court of appeals shall have been citizens of the United States for at least fifteen years, and qualified voters of the state for nine years next preceding their selection. Such judges shall be at least thirty years of age.

    Election

    The Missouri Appellate Judicial Commission selects supreme court judges according to the Missouri Plan.

    Term of Office

    Judges of the Supreme Court and of the court of appeals shall be selected for terms of twelve years

    Limit on Tenure

    Must win their retention elections to remain on the court.

    Chief salary

    $179,883

    Associates salary

    $172,017

    Qualification age

    Such judges shall be at least thirty years of age.

    The Court Of Appeal
    Authority

    The court of appeals handles appeals from the circuit courts. In Missouri, the appellate court system is divided into three districts: eastern, western and southern.

    Qualifications

    licensed to practice in Missouri; a U.S. citizen for at least 15 years; a qualified state voter for at least nine years; a resident of the district over which the judge presides; at least 30 years old and at most 70 years old.

    Election

    The judges of the Court of Appeals are selected under the Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan.

    Term of Office

    All judges serve 12-year terms.

    Limit on Tenure

    Salary

    $157,242

    Qualification age

    At least 30 years old.

    The Circit Court
    Authority

    The circuit courts are the trial courts of general jurisdiction in the state.

    Qualifications

    a U.S. citizen for at least 10 years; a qualified state voter for at least three years; a resident of the circuit for at least one year; licensed to practice law in the state; and at least 30 years old.

    Election

    The chief judge of each court is elected by the circuit and associate judges from among the sitting circuit judges.

    Term of Office

    The 141 judges of the Missouri Circuit Courts are elected to a six-year term in partisan elections.

    Limit on Tenure

    At the end of their terms, judges must face re-election.

    Salary

    $127,020

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