Jeanie Riddle

Jeanie Riddle is a Missouri-born politician who is currently serving as a member of Missouri Senate from the 10th District and previously served as a member of the Missouri House of Representatives.  Riddle was appointed to her current position in 2014 and began serving in 2015.  She is up for reelection in fall of 2018.  Riddle is a member of the Republican party.

Personal Life of Jeanie Riddle

Riddle was born in 1952 in Missouri.  She currently resides in Mokane, Missouri.  In her teenage days, Riddle studied at McCluer High School in Florissant, Missouri, graduating in 1972.  She then went on to further her education at Drury College in Springfield, Missouri.  Riddle graduated from Drury College in 1976 with a Bachelor’s Degree in education.

Jeanie Riddle, Missouri State Senator
Jeanie Riddle, Missouri State Senator

From there, Riddle made the move to Callaway County in Missouri where she began to work as a school teacher and coach for the South Callaway R-II school district.  Riddle taught in this position for 28 years.

Riddle currently lives in Mokane and has a son, daughter and four grandchildren.  She is a member of the Callaway County Chamber of Commerce, Missouri Farm Bureau, Missouri-Retired Teachers Association, National Rifle Association and the Rotary Club of Fulton.

Career

Riddle’s political career began in 2008 when she ran, and successful won, in the election to the Missouri House of Representatives.  Riddle’s run was unopposed and was thus an easy victory for the new politician.  Her campaign was heavily supported by the Missourians Needing Educational Alternatives group, Bill Lester, the Missourians for Hobbs, Jerry Danuser and TNR Inc.

In 2010, Riddle ran for reelection for her position as a member of the Missouri House of Representatives.  Riddle won the reelection and remained in her position.  Her campaign in that year was heavily supported by donors including Rightchoice Managed Care, Ameren, Lester, Bill & Mary and C Bar K Ranch.  In total, her run for reelection collected over $146,000 in donations.  During this time, she served as serve as the Assistant Majority Floor Leader, as well as vice-chair of the Public Safety committee, a member of the Tax Reform, Energy and Environment committees and the Appropriations-Public Safety and Corrections subcommittee.  In 2012, Riddle was elected into the position for a third term, defeating Democratic candidate Pamela Murray with 70.2% of the total votes.

In 2014, Riddle ran for election into the Missouri State Senate.  Both Riddle and Democratic candidate Ed Schieffer were unopposed in the primary elections.  In the general election, Riddle defeated Schieffer, receiving 67.6% of the vote while Schieffer only received 32.4% of the 42,727 votes.  During her campaign for election into the Missouri State Senate, Riddle raised $465,998 in donations.

On January 12, 2015, Riddle’s tenure as a member of Missouri State Senate, District 10 began.  Currently, she serves as Chairwoman of the Joint Committee on Capitol Security, Chairwoman of the Joint Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect, Chairwoman of the Professional Registration Committee, and Vice-Chairwoman of the Seniors, Families and Children Committee.  She is up for reelection in fall of 2018 and her current term will end in January 2019.

Additional information: SENATE.MO.Gov profile – Missouri General Assembly

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By Alexandra R. Fasulo – published on STL.News by St. Louis Media, LLC (MS)

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