Joshua David Hawley was born on December 31, 1979 and is an American attorney and politician serving as the 42nd Attorney General of Missouri. He was officially sworn into office on January 9th, 2017 and in October 2017, he declared his candidacy for the Republican nomination in Missouri’s 2018 U.S. Senate election. Hawley is a conservative constitutional attorney and the first Republican Attorney General in Missouri since 1993.
Early Career of Missouri Attorney General, Josh Hawley
Hawley grew up in Lexington, Missouri, and graduated from Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated with high honors from Stanford University with a B.A. degree in History. He attended Yale Law School and received a J.D. degree as well as leading the college branch of the Federalist Society.
After law school, Hawley went on to become a judicial clerk at the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He subsequently served as a law clerk at the U.S. Supreme Court with John Roberts. During this year, Hawley met his wife, Erin Morrow, a fellow Supreme Court clerk. They have 2 sons.
After Hawley’s clerkships, he worked as an appellate litigator at Hogan Lovells US LLP in Washington D.C. He has offered his services as senior counsel to The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. As senior counsel to the Becket Fund, Hawley litigated First Amendment cases before the Supreme Court of the United States, in the federal circuit courts and state courts of last resort. Some noteworthy cases he was involved with included Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church & School v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2012. Hawley has also served as an associate professor at the University of Missouri Law School. At the University of Missouri Law School, Hawley taught constitutional law, constitutional theory and legislation.
Hawley is widely known as a constitutional lawyer and a recognized national expert on the Constitution. He has litigated in the Supreme Court of the United States, most of the federal courts of appeals, federal district courts and state courts across the country. Hawley is also a former professor of law at the University of Missouri.
In 2016, Hawley ran for Attorney General of Missouri. On August 2nd, he defeated Kurt Schafer in the Republican primary 64-36%. He faced Democrat Teresa Hensley in the general election on November 8th. Hawley soared to victory with 58.50% of the vote to Hensley’s 41.50%.
In October 2017, Hawley declared his candidacy for the Republican nomination in Missouri’s 2018 U.S. Senate election. The seat is currently held by incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill.
Since becoming Missouri’s Attorney General, Hawley has made ethics reform, fighting Washington overreach, and defending Missouri consumers and families his top priorities.
His first official act was to implement the strictest ethics policy of any Attorney General’s office in America. Under his leadership, Missouri has become a national leader in the fight for small business and against the job-killing Washington bureaucracy. The mission of Hawley’s Office is focused on protecting Missouri consumers and families from those who pose a threat to them.
UPATE (November 2018): As reported by STL.News‘, Jill Enders, Hawley was elected to the United States Senate on November 6, 2018, succeeding Claire McCaskill, and will assume office in Washington on January 3, 2018.