Mike Kehoe, a Republican, is a Missouri state senator. He represents the 6th District, which is comprised of Cole, Gasconade, Maries, Miller, Moniteau, Morgan, and Osage Counties. He is the majority floor leader.
Personal Life of Mike Kehoe – Missouri State Senator
The youngest of six children, Kehoe was born in St. Louis on Jan. 17, 1962. He was raised by his mother. At the age of 15, he began working as a car washer at Dave Sinclair Ford. He worked his way up to sales management.
A few years later, Kehoe took the opportunity to lead Osage Industries in Linn, Missouri. Under his leadership, Osage Industries expanded its product distribution from two states to all of North America, and more than doubled its workforce. In 1992, Kehoe sold the company to its employees. He subsequently bought Ford and Lincoln-Mercury franchises and ran them for two decades.
Mike and his wife Claudia have four children: Carol, Michael, Maggie, and Claire. They own a farm, which is located on the Gasconade River in Phelps County. They’re active in the Diocese of Jefferson City and the Jefferson City Catholic school system. They also support a number of civic and charity organizations, including the United Way, the American Cancer Society, the Heart Association, the Central Missouri 4-H, the Helias Foundation, the Jefferson City Veterans Council, the Boy Scouts of America, and St. Mary’s Hospital.
Political Career of Mike Kehoe
In 2005, Missouri Governor Matt Blunt appointed Kehoe to serve on the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission. Four years later, Kehoe was elected to be chairman of the commission.
In 2010, Kehoe ran for the 6th District Missouri State Senate seat. In the primary, Kehoe took nearly 40 percent of the vote to defeat three fellow Republicans: Harry Otto, Bill Deeken and Kenny Jones. Kehoe ran unopposed in the general election. As the incumbent in the 2014 general election, Kehoe took more than 79 percent of the vote to defeat Democrat Mollie Freebairn.
Kehoe serves as chairman of the Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics committee, and chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Capital Improvements. He serves as vice-chairman of the Administration committee, and vice-chairman of the Gubernatorial Appointments committee. Kehoe is a member of the Local Government and Elections committee, the Blue Ribbon Panel on Immigration, the Joint Committee on Capitol Improvements, and the Joint Committee on Corrections.
Kehoe has sponsored the following bills: SB 849, which would prohibit public bodies from entering into certain contracts; SB 868, which would exempt from property tax land that is an out-of-service rail corridor being used as a trail under federal law; and SB 869, which would modify provisions relating to employment security.
Organizations and Awards
Kehoe has served for several organizations, to include the Ford Motor Company’s National Dealer Council, the Linn State Technical College Board of Regents, the Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce, the USS Missouri Commissioning Committee, the Central Missouri United Way, and the Jefferson City Diocese Jubilee Committee.
Kehoe has received several awards, including: the Small Business Administration’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award; the Automotive Hall of Fame’s Young Leader in Excellence Award; the Missouri Electric Cooperatives’ Legislative Leadership Award; and the St. Louis Business Journal’s 2011 Legislative Award. In 2011, Jefferson City Magazine readers voted Kehoe the “Best Elected Official.”