The main role of members of the Missouri House of Representatives is to write and pass state laws.
House districts are drawn based on population. Each district in Missouri has approximately 31,000 residents.
There are 163 representatives; five are from the Columbia area. Boone County and Columbia fall within the 9th, 21st, 23rd, 24th and 25th districts.
Members serve two-year terms. A representative can only serve four terms, or eight years, in the House. Sessions begin in January and run about 4 1/2 months. A veto session is in September. Special sessions can be called at any time of year and can't exceed 60 days.
The annual salary for representatives is $35,915.
To be eligible to run, candidates must:
- Be at least 24 years old.
- Be a qualified voter of the state for two years.
- Be a qualified voter of the district he or she would represent for one year.