Chris Koster

Running, Democrat for Mo. Attorney General

Chris Koster

Chris Koster running for Missouri Attorney General

 

Full Name: Chris Koster Click here for Voting Records
Current Office: Attorney General, Democratic  
First Elected: 11/04/2008  
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for Attorney General  
General Nov. 6, 2012  
Primary Aug. 7, 2012  
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 08/31/1964
Birth Place: Saint Louis, MO
Home City: Harrisonville, MO

 

Bio:

On January 12th, 2009, ChrisKoster_SenateFloor Koster was sworn in as the 41st Attorney General of the state of Missouri. Koster campaigned on a platform of prosecuting fraudulent Medicaid providers; cracking down on violations of workers' rights; aggressively enforcing Missouri's environmental laws; and supporting law enforcement in fighting the spread of methamphetamines and preventing urban crime.

From 2004 to 2008, Koster represented the 31st district in the Missouri Senate, which covers Cass, Johnson, Bates and Vernon Counties.

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During his time in the General Assembly, Koster played key roles in the debates over stem cell research, tort reform, and the elimination of Medicaid fraud. Additionally, in 2006 Koster successfully carried legislation in the Senate to dramatically overhaul Missouri's eminent domain laws.

Prior to his election to the Missouri Senate, Koster served as Cass County Prosecuting Attorney for ten years. He was first elected prosecutor in 1994 and was re-elected in 1998 and 2002 by wide margins.

As prosecutor, Koster supervised a staff of twenty individuals dedicated to enforcing Missouri's criminal laws. Additionally, his office served as the civil counsel for all non-criminal matters before the county government.

During his tenure, Koster supervised litigation in thousands of cases. He led investigations into many of Kansas City's most notorious criminal cases, including the investigation and prosecution of serial killer John E. Robinson. He has extensive trial experience and has personally argued and won cases before the Missouri Supreme Court.

Prior to becoming prosecuting attorney, Koster practiced law with the Kansas City law firm of Blackwell Sanders. He also served as an Assistant Attorney General from 1991 to 1993.

Koster was born and raised in St. Louis. He received a liberal arts degree from the University of Missouri in 1987 and his law degree from University of Missouri School of Law in 1991. Additionally, Koster earned a Masters in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis in 2002.

Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Sept. 10, 2008 SB 873 Voting Student Curator on the University of Missouri Board of Curators Veto Override Failed - Senate
(16 - 17)
Yea
May 16, 2008 HB 1549, 1771, 1395, 2366 Undocumented Immigrants Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(27 - 7)
Yea
May 1, 2008 HB 2393 Mega-Project Tax Credits Bill Passed - Senate
(24 - 8)
Yea
April 24, 2008 SB 817 Physicians' Billing Practices Bill Passed - Senate
(22 - 8)
Yea
April 16, 2008 SA 1 to HB 2007 Mega-Project Fund Appropriation Amendment Rejected - Senate
(11 - 22)
Nay
April 3, 2008 SB 858 Restrictions on Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - Senate
(26 - 7)
Yea
March 6, 2008 SB 778 HPV Immunization Bill Passed - Senate
(22 - 8)
Yea
Feb. 27, 2008 HB 1066 Teacher Certification Bill Passed - Senate
(25 - 5)
Did Not Vote
Feb. 21, 2008 SB 1038 Repealing Campaign Contribution Limits Bill Passed - Senate
(24 - 9)
Yea
Aug. 29, 2007 SCS HCS HB 1 Economic Development Bill Passed - Senate
(25 - 7)
Yea
May 11, 2006 HJR 55 Salaries and State Pensions for Public Officials Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(25 - 9)
Yea
May 11, 2006 CCS2 HCS SS2 SCS SB 1014 Voter Identification and Poll Regulation Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(23 - 10)
Yea
May 11, 2006 CCS SCS HCS HB 1270 Missouri Renewable Fuel Standard Act Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(29 - 4)
Yea
May 11, 2006 SA 1 Restrictions on salaries and state pensions for public officials Amendment Adopted - Senate
(18 - 16)
Nay
May 11, 2006 CCS SS HCS HB 1900 Campaign Finance and Lobbying Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(28 - 5)
Yea
May 1, 2006 SCS HCS HB 1022 State College and University Appropriations Bill Passed - Senate
(22 - 10)
Yea
April 27, 2006 SCS HB 1865 Access Missouri Scholarship Program Bill Passed - Senate
(27 - 4)
Yea
April 24, 2006 SS2 SCS SB 1014 Voter Identification and Poll Regulation Bill Passed - Senate
(23 - 9)
Yea
April 20, 2006 SS SCS SB 1236 Dam and Reservoir Safety Bill Passed - Senate
(28 - 4)
Yea
Feb. 27, 2006 SA 5 Renewable Energy Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(10 - 22)
Nay