COMO YOU KNOW: Stephen Webber

Monday, April 21, 2014 | 6:15 p.m. CDT; updated 6:35 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 9, 2014

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Rep. Stephen Webber, D-Columbia, was born in West Virginia on June 8, 1983. He became the youngest state representative in the Missouri House of Representatives in 2008 when he won his first term running unopposed.

Webber, son of David Webber — a retired political science professor at MU, graduated from Hickman High School in 2001, and is an Eagle Scout recipient. He served as a Marine on tour in Iraq in 2004, where he was stationed at Abu Ghraib prison. He worked on security for the prison and was not involved in the prisoner abuse.

Webber served another tour in Iraq in 2007, going to Fallujah after graduating from Saint Louis University in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in economics.

After his two tours of duty, Webber became an aide for U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. He ran for state representative unopposed in 2008, becoming the youngest member of the House at the age of 25. For re-election in 2010, he beat Paul Szopa by a margin of 68 percent to 32 percent of the vote. In 2012, Webber beat Fred Berry by a margin of 65 percent to 35 percent.

Webber graduated from the MU School of Law in 2013.

He sponsored a bill last session to revise the Missouri statute on discrimination to include unfair treatment based on sexual orientation or gender identity. It did not pass, but he plans on introducing it again this year.

Updated: April 21, 2014

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