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Meet The New Missouri Lawmakers From Kansas City And Beyond

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Gov. Mike Parson will oversee his first General Assembly session starting Jan. 9. He won't be alone: There are dozens of new state lawmakers.

All over Kansas City, its suburbs and outlying areas, new Missouri lawmakers will be taking their seats this week in Jefferson City. Who are the people representing you? Read on.

Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer
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Samuel King
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KCUR 89.3

Age: 34
Party: Republican
Resides: Parkville
Job: Attorney
Represents: District 34 (Platte and Buchanan counties)
Top issues: Establishing a prescription drug monitoring program, adjusting term limits

Rep. Vic Allred
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Vic Allred

Party: Republican
Age: 56
Resides: Parkville
Job: Restaurateur; former president of Missouri Restaurant Association
Represents: District 13 (Platte County, including Parkville and East Leavenworth)
Top issues: Tourism, education, workforce development

Rep. Jeff Coleman
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Jeff Coleman

Party: Republican
Age: n/a
Resides: Grain Valley
Job: Financial adviser and insurance broker, Grain Valley School Board member, former Grain Valley city alderman
Represents: District 32 (eastern Jackson County, including Grain Valley and portions of Blue Springs and Oak Grove)
Top issues: Economic growth, infrastructure funding, workforce development

Rep. Keri Ingle
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Keri Ingle

Party: Democrat
Age: n/a
Resides: Lee’s Summit
Job: Social worker
Represents: District 35 (Kansas City, portions of Lee’s Summit)
Top issues: Public safety programs, job growth, education

Rep. Ashley Bland Manlove
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Ashley Bland Manlove

Party: Democrat
Age: 32
Resides: Kansas City
Job: Accounting
Represents: District 26 (Kansas City)
Top issues: Criminal justice reform, economic development, education

Rep. Jon Patterson
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Jon Patterson

Party: Republican
Age: 39
Resides: Independence
Job: Surgeon
Represents: District 30 (Kansas City, portions of Independence)
Top issues: Health care, infrastructure, workforce development

Rep. Doug Richey

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Samuel King
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KCUR 89.3

Party: Republican
Age: 45
Resides: Excelsior Springs 
Job: Senior pastor, Pisgah Baptist Church
Represents: District 38 (Clay County, including Excelsior Springs and portions of Liberty)
Top issues: Education, public safety

Rep. Wes Rogers
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Wes Rogers

Party: Democrat
Age: 36
Resides: Kansas City
Job: Attorney; former Clay County assistant prosecutor
Represents: District 18 (Clay County, including portions of Kansas City and North Kansas City)
Top issues: Education, health care, workers’ rights

Rep. Matt Sain
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Matt Sain

Party: Democrat
Age: 28
Resides: Kansas City
Job: Law clerk
Represents: District 18 (Platte and Clay Counties, including Riverside and Platte Woods)
Top issues: Education funding, affordable health care, ethics reform

Rep. Robert Sauls
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Robert Sauls

Party: Democrat
Age: 38
Resides: Independence
Job: Attorney; former Jackson County prosecutor, former Buchanan County public defender
Represents: District 21 (eastern Jackson County, including Independence)
Top issues: Criminal justice reform, education, Medicaid expansion

Rep. Brenda Shields
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Brenda Shields

Party: Republican
Age: 56
Resides: St. Joseph Job: Retired; former CEO of the United Way of Greater St. Joseph, former teacher
Represents: District 11 (Platte and Buchanan counties, including Edgerton and West Platte)
Top issues: Early childhood education, workforce development

Samuel King is the Missouri government and politics reporter at KCUR 89.3. Follow him on Twitter: @SamuelKingNews

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