Chuck Purgason, a Republican candidate from Missouri for U.S. Senate, was born in West Plains in 1960.
He graduated from high school in 1978 but never went on to earn a degree. Despite never sitting at a desk at a university, Purgason found a desk that fit him in the Missouri General Assembly.
PERSONAL: From Caulfield. Age 50. Married to Janet Purgason. Three children, Robert, Tracey and Cory.
PARTY AFFILIATION: Republican
OCCUPATION: Missouri Senator in the 33rd District, owner of Ozark Wings Hatchery and Hunting Preserve
EDUCATION: Graduated from West Plains High School, 1978
BACKGROUND: Member of Laclede County Community Drug Issues Task Force, West Plains Chamber of Commerce, Mountain View Chamber of Commerce and Willow Springs Chamber of Commerce.
He served in the Missouri House of Representatives from 1996 to 2004 before being elected to the Missouri Senate in 2004 and 2008.
Like many of his challengers, Purgason made the decision to run for the U.S. Senate after becoming fed up with the Obama administration's handling of health care and the national debt.
“I’m deeply concerned about the deficit and the debt that we’re passing down to our children,” he said. “It really doesn’t matter which party is in charge. There still seems to be a culture of spending, corruption and greed.”
With 14 years of experience in working with a balanced budget, Purgason said he hopes to take his knowledge to the federal level and help enforce this concept. He considers immigration, the economy and job creation to be the main issues.
“We’ve got to find ways of stimulating the economy through promoting job growth in the private sector,” he said.