This article is part of the Missourian's 2012 general election voters guide.
WHAT'S THE JOB? The Missouri House of Representatives comprises of 163 members, one for each of the state’s House districts.
State representatives must be at least 24, be a qualified voter of the state for two years and be a qualified voter of the district they wish to represent for one year.
Representatives currently earn $35,915 annually and can serve four two-year terms in the House.
District 49 includes southern Callaway County and a portion of Cole County.
Jeanie Riddle (R)
Personal: Riddle, 58, is married to Randy Riddle. The Riddles have two children, Randee Rae Phelps and Thomas Riddle, and have two grandchildren.
Facebook Page: facebook.com/JeanieForMissouri
Education: McCluer High School and bachelor’s in education and teaching certificate from Drury University in Springfield.
Occupation: Before being elected to represent House District 20 in 2008, Riddle was a longtime teacher and coach in the South Callaway School District until she retired in 2006. According to her website, before moving to Callaway County in 1977, Riddle was an accounting department supervisor for Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. in St. Louis.
Previous experience: In her last term as representative, Riddle served on both the Ethics and Utilities committees, and as the assistant majority floor leader. During her previous two terms, she sponsored and co-sponsored House bills covering issues such as child abuse, the “Abortion-inducing Drugs Safety Act” and Second Amendment rights. Although Riddle currently serves in District 20, she is running in District 49 in 2012 because of redistricting. Besides the statehouse, Riddle is involved in many organizations, including the Missouri Retired Teachers Association, Chamber of Commerce of Callaway County, Missouri Farm Bureau, the National Rifle Association and the Rotary Club of Fulton. She is the treasurer of Women Legislators of Missouri.
Top priority: In a telephone interview, Zachary Monroe, Riddle’s legislative assistant, said Riddle hopes to bring nuclear energy development into Callaway County, which she believes will be a “huge economic development” for the mid-Missouri area. Monroe also said Riddle plans to remain a strong advocate for Second Amendment rights, as well as work on anti-abortion legislation.
Pamela Murray (D)
Personal: Age 58, married with four stepchildren and six grandchildren
Education: Murray has some college experience but no degree.
Previous experience: Murray has held positions on the Holts Summit Board of Aldermen (seven years), Holts Summit Community Betterment Association (seven years, currently president and newsletter editor), Mid Missouri Regional Planning Commission (12 years combined on boards and committees), Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (five years) and Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce. She was honored by the chamber in 2007 with the Chamber Loyal Subject award. She was also a Callaway County election judge for six years, and has worked in both the public and private health sectors.
Top priority: Murray emphasizes the importance of education in economic improvement. “I’d like to see our School Foundation Formula fully funded,” Murray said in an interview. “That’s the mechanism that has been given out to K-12 throughout the state. It’s designed to be fair if it’s fully funded, but it’s never been fully funded.” The funding was cut off when the economic downturn occurred, reducing the budget. Murray said urban schools have seen progress but said she hopes to improve the rural educational system, as well.