Doug Libla, a Republican, is a Missouri state senator who represents the 25th District. The district is made up of Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Shannon, and Stoddard counties.
Personal Life of Doug Libla – Missouri State Senator
Libla was born in Greenville, Missouri in 1952. After graduating Greenville High School in 1970, Libla attended Three Rivers College until 1973. During that time he became the owner and operator of Doug’s Sinclair and Tire. In addition to fuel sales, the business maintained, repaired and washed cars.
In 1977, Libla and his brother David formed a business partnership that created a number of successful companies in the manufacturing, trucking, telecommunications, heavy construction, automotive product, industrial supply, commercial real estate and industrial real estate sectors. In 2012, Libla retired from Mid Continent Nail Corporation, the family’s flagship company.
Libla and his wife, Elaine Duncan, live in Poplar Bluff. They have a daughter, a son-in-law, and three grandchildren. Libla and Elaine belong to the First Baptist Church in Poplar Bluff. They support the Baptist Children’s Home, the Boys and Girls Club of Poplar Bluff, Haven House, Ozark Family Resource Center, Southeast Missouri Fellowship of Christian Athletes and other charities and organizations.
Political Career of Doug Libla
In 2012, Libla ran for the 25th District Missouri state senate seat. He ran unopposed in the primary, and took over 56 percent of the vote in the general election to defeat Democrat Terry Swinger. As the incumbent in the 2016 general election, Libla took nearly 70 percent of the vote to defeat Democrat Bill Burlison.
Libla serves as the chairman of the Small Business and Industry committee, and vice-chairman of the General Laws committee. He also belongs to the following committees: Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources; Education; Gubernatorial Appointments; Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety; Joint Committee on Transportation Oversight; and the Seismic Safety Commission.
Libla supports gun rights and opposes abortion and tax increases. Improving education and job training are among his legislative goals. In an effort to attract businesses and create jobs in Missouri, Libla co-sponsored the Noranda/steel mill bill. The legislation enables the Missouri Public Service Commission to offer special electrical power rates to steel mills, aluminum smelters and other large consumers of electricity. Missouri Governor Eric Greitens approved the bill, which had broad bi-partisan support.
Libla has also sponsored the following bills: SB 579, which would modify provisions relating to certain crimes against emergency service providers; SB 581, which would repeal provisions requiring a landlord to keep security deposits in a trust; SB 800, which would modify provisions relating to termination of parental rights and consent to adopt petitions in juvenile courts; SB 894, which would create certain provisions relating to computer science; and SB 919, which would modify provisions relating to licensure to operate certain motor vehicles.
Libla serves on the board of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the board of Three Rivers College Endowment Trust. Libla is the Troop E director of the Missouri Association of State Troopers Emergency Relief Society. He also served as a charter member and president of that organization.