Jay Nixon

Running, Democrat for Mo. Governor (encumbant)

Jay Nixon

Jay Nixon running for Mo Governor

 

Full Name: Jeremiah 'Jay' W. Nixon Click here for Voting Records
Current Office: Governor, Democratic  
First Elected: 11/04/2008  
Last Elected: 11/04/2008  
Next Election: 2012  
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for Governor  
General Nov. 6, 2012  
Primary Aug. 7, 2012  
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Georganne; 2 Children: Jeremiah, Willson
Birth Date: 02/13/1956
Birth Place: De Soto, MO
Home City: Jefferson City, MO
Religion: Methodist
Bio:

Gov. Jay Nixon is providing steady leadership during challenging times for Missouri and the nation, fighting every day to create new jobs and educational opportunities, while balancing the budget without raising taxes on families or businesses.  Nixon has worked across the aisle to make state government smarter, more open, more accountable and more efficient – saving the taxpayers millions.

When Gov. Nixon took office in 2008, we were at the height of the worst national economic meltdown in generations. While too many Missouri families continue to struggle making ends meet, Nixon has taken decisive action to save and create jobs, and we’re now turning the corner and moving in the right direction.  Gov. Nixon brought Democrats and Republicans together to pass legislation credited with saving thousands of jobs and revitalizing Missouri’s hard-hit auto industry.  In 2011, the Governor signed a bill to completely eliminate the franchise tax on businesses, and he continues to champion efforts to make Missouri a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship.

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Nixon firmly believes that to thrive in the 21st-Century economy, our workers must have the skills needed to compete and get ahead. That’s why Nixon launched initiatives like Training for Tomorrow and dramatically expanded the A+ Scholarship program so that thousands more students can graduate and enter the workforce debt-free.

Even as other states were cutting funding for their universities and raising tuition by double digits, the Governor reached a historic agreement to freeze tuition rates for the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 school years.

Nixon believes that just as Missouri families balance their budgets, state government must do the same.  That’s why upon taking office, Nixon worked diligently to identify areas where government could be smarter and more efficient – saving the taxpayers millions.  Nixon cut spending, consolidated government services, downsized the bureaucracy, better-used technology and made the tough decisions needed to keep our fiscal house in order.  In total, the Governor has cut more than $1.8 billion from the state budget – balancing it each year without raising taxes.

Prior to becoming Governor, Jay Nixon was elected to a record four terms as Missouri’s Attorney General, beginning in 1992. Inheriting an office tainted by scandal, Nixon restored integrity to the Attorney General’s Office by cleaning up corruption, cracking down on crime, and protecting consumers and the environment. Under his leadership, the Attorney General’s Office became one of the most efficient and effective in state government.

As Attorney General, Nixon earned a reputation for taking on the toughest fights and winning. Nixon himself argued before the United States Supreme Court in Nixon v. Shrink, a landmark victory that reinstated Missouri’s campaign contribution limits and cleared the way nationally for campaign finance reform. His lawsuit against the big tobacco companies continues to collect billions of dollars for Missourians, and his settlements with the insurance industry and hospitals led to the formation of two of the largest health care foundations in state history. One of Nixon’s most successful programs, Missouri’s popular No-Call List, has become a model for states across the nation to stop unwanted telemarketing calls.

A native of De Soto, Missouri, Gov. Nixon was raised in a family of public servants. His mother, the late Betty Nixon, was a teacher and served as president of the local school board. His father, Jerry Nixon, was elected mayor of De Soto and was a judge for the community.

Growing up in a home with these strong examples, Nixon learned at a young age that faith and family come first – and giving back to the community comes next. It is a philosophy that has guided him throughout his career in public service.

After earning both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Gov. Nixon returned to DeSoto to practice as an attorney. In 1986, he was elected to his first term in the Missouri State Senate, where he would represent the people of Jefferson County for six years. As a State Senator, Gov. Nixon reached across the aisle to pass several major pieces of legislation, including an expansion of pre-natal care for expectant mothers.

Gov. Nixon and his wife, Georganne Wheeler Nixon, have two sons, Jeremiah and Willson. They belong to the First United Methodist Church in Jefferson City.

Executive Actions

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
July 12, 2012 HB 1758 Relating to Amending the Laws Regarding Child Custody and Visitation Rights and Adoption Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 12, 2012 HB 1250 Relating to Authorizing Certain Third Class Cities to Cancel any Primary Election for the Office of Mayor and Councilman Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 12, 2012 SB 837 Relating to Franchises Between Alcohol Wholesalers and Suppliers Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 12, 2012 HB 1329 Relating to Amending the Laws Regarding Motor Vehicles Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 12, 2012 SB 635 Relating to Financial Institutions, School Funds, Private Roads, Real Estate Appraisal, Agricultural Education Programs, Liens, and State Purchasing Preferences Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 12, 2012 SB 607 Relating to Establishing Procedure for Resetting Billboards During Periods of Highway Construction Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 12, 2012 SB 569 Relating to Elections, Law Enforcement Districts, and Transit Authority Taxes Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 12, 2012 SB 566 Relating to Requiring Dogs and Cats to be Vaccinated Against Rabies Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 12, 2012 SB 749 Authorizes Employers to Exempt Contraception from Healthcare Coverage Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 12, 2012 SB 715 Relating to Authorizing the Adjutant General to Waive the Age Limit for Service in the State Militia and Repeals a Complaint Procedure for the State Militia Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 10, 2012 HB 1540 Prohibits Employees from Suing Co-Workers for Job Injuries Signed - Executive
Sign
June 27, 2012 HB 1789 Relating to amending the Laws Regarding Travel Hardships for Public School Students Vetoed - Executive
Veto
June 22, 2012 HB 2004 Relating to Appropriations for the Department of Revenue and Department of Transportation Vetoed - Executive
Line Item Veto
June 22, 2012 HB 2010 Relating to Appropriations for the Department of Mental Health, Board of Public Buildings, and Department of Health and Senior Services Vetoed - Executive
Line Item Veto
June 22, 2012 HB 2007 Relating to Appropriations for the Departments of Economic Development; Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration; and Labor and Industrial Relations Vetoed - Executive
Line Item Veto
June 20, 2012 HB 1900 Relating to Executive Branch Reorganization, Tax Increment Financing, and Establishing the Iran Energy Divestment Act Vetoed - Executive
Veto
March 16, 2012 HB 1219 Workplace Discrimination Amendments Vetoed - Executive
Veto
March 16, 2012 SB 572 Amends Worker's Compensation Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 12, 2011 HB 73 Drug Testing Of Welfare Recipients Signed - Executive
Sign
July 8, 2011 HB 184 Compensation for Road District Commissioners Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 8, 2011 SB 220 Statute of Limitations for Actions Against Land Surveyors Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 8, 2011 SB 282 Elections and Public Contracts Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 8, 2011 HB 256 Extends Expiration Date of Basic Civil Legal Services Fund Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 8, 2011 HB 430 Transportation Amendments Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 8, 2011 HB 484 Establishes the Missouri State Transit Assistance Program Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 8, 2011 HB 1008 Infrastructure Improvement Agreements Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 7, 2011 SB 163 Composition of School Boards Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 6, 2011 SB 118 Long-Term Care Facilities Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 5, 2011 HB 465 Amends Statutes Pertaining to Financial Institutions Vetoed - Executive
Veto
June 17, 2011 SB 3 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Vetoed - Executive
Veto
June 10, 2011 HB 10 Appropriations for the Department of Mental Health Vetoed - Executive
Line Item Veto
May 2, 2011 HB 193 Congressional Redistricting Plan Vetoed - Executive
Veto
May 2, 2011 HB 209 Relating to Nuisance Actions Vetoed - Executive
Veto
April 29, 2011 SB 188 Amends Statutes Pertaining to Employment Discrimination Vetoed - Executive
Veto
April 27, 2011 SB 113 Regulating Animal Care Facilities Signed - Executive
Sign
July 19, 2010 HB 1 Public Retirement Systems Signed - Executive
Sign
July 15, 2010 HB 2 Manufacturing Jobs Act Signed - Executive
Sign
July 14, 2010 SB 777 Relating to the Sale of Certain Financial Products Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 14, 2010 HB 1903 Relating to Funds in the State Treasury Established to Receive Federal Funds Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 14, 2010 HB 1741 Relating to Board Meetings of Corporations Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 14, 2010 HB 1831 Relating to Real Property Donated To School Districts Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 14, 2010 HB 2317 Relating to State Properties and the Conveyance Thereof Vetoed - Executive
Veto
June 17, 2010 HB 2007 Economic Development, Insurance, Financial Institutions, Professional Registration, Labor and Industrial Relations Appropriations Vetoed - Executive
Line Item Veto
June 17, 2010 HB 2002 2010-2010 Education Budget Signed - Executive
Sign
June 17, 2010 HB 2010 2010-2011 Department of Mental Health and Department of Health and Senior Serices Budget Signed - Executive
Sign
June 17, 2010 HB 2011 2010-2011 Department of Social Services Budget Signed - Executive
Sign
June 17, 2010 HB 2003 Higher Education Appropriations Signed - Executive
Sign
June 10, 2010 HB 1311 Coverage for Individuals Diagnosed with Autism Signed - Executive
Sign
July 13, 2009 SB 216 Relating to Debt Settlement Providers Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 13, 2009 HB 116 Relating to Assault of a Law Enforcement Officer or Certain Other Officials Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 13, 2009 HB 148 Relating to Property Taxation Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 13, 2009 HB 171 Relating to Rent Payment when a Leased Residence is Destroyed Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 13, 2009 HB 251 Relating to the Sale of Milk Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 13, 2009 HB 544 Increasing Legislative Oversight of Federal Funds Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 13, 2009 HB 620 Relating to Bingo Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 13, 2009 HB 644 Relating to Motor Vehicle Licensing and Registration Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 13, 2009 HB 751 Relating to Propane Education and Research Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 13, 2009 SB 37 Relating to the Public Defender System Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 13, 2009 SB 153 Relating to the Marketing of Commodities Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 13, 2009 SB 156 Relating to Travel Clubs Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 13, 2009 SB 242 Relating to Sewer Districts Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 13, 2009 SB 243 Relating to Sales Associated with Certain Loan Transactions Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 13, 2009 SB 147 Relating to the Missouri Health Workplace Recognition Program Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 13, 2009 SB 235 Relating to Manufactured Homes Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 13, 2009 SB 411 Relating to Public Employee Retirement Systems Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 13, 2009 SB 464 Relating to Regulation of Insurance Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 13, 2009 SB 291 Education Provision Modifications Signed - Executive
Sign
July 2, 2009 HB 373 Relating to the General Education Development Revolving Fund Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 2, 2009 SB 542 Relating to the State Treasurer Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 2, 2009 SB 202 Relating to Operation of Motorcycles Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 2, 2009 HB 306 Relating to Certain Hotel and Motel Taxes Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 2, 2009 HB 89 Relating to Traffic Violations Vetoed - Executive
Veto
June 25, 2009 HB 21 Equipment, Planning, Expenses, and Capital Improvements Departmental Appropriations Vetoed - Executive
Line Item Veto
June 25, 2009 HB 11 Social Services Budget Signed - Executive
Line Item Veto
June 25, 2009 HB 13 Departmental Property Appropriations Vetoed - Executive
Line Item Veto
June 25, 2009 HB 12 Governor, Legislators, and Other Officials Appropriations Vetoed - Executive
Line Item Veto
June 25, 2009 HB 3 Higher Education Appropriations Vetoed - Executive
Line Item Veto
June 25, 2009 HB 10 2009-10 Health Budget Signed - Executive
Line Item Veto
June 25, 2009 HB 8 Department of Public Safety Appropriations Vetoed - Executive
Line Item Veto
June 25, 2009 HB 9 Department of Corrections Appropriations Vetoed - Executive
Line Item Veto
June 25, 2009 HB 22 Capital Improvements Bill Signed - Executive
Line Item Veto
June 25, 2009 HB 4 Department of Revenue and Transportation Appropriations Vetoed - Executive
Line Item Veto
June 25, 2009 HB 2 2009-10 Education Budget Signed - Executive
Line Item Veto
June 25, 2009 HB 6 Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Conservation Appropriations Vetoed - Executive
Line Item Veto
June 4, 2009 HB 191 Law Changes Regarding Taxation Signed - Executive
Sign
Jan. 29, 2009 HCR 5 Rejecting Pay Increases for Elected Officials and Judges Signed - Executive
Sign