Sandy Crawford is a Republican politician and Missouri state senator who represents the 28th District. The district is made up of Benton, Cedar, Dallas, Hickory, Missouri, Laclede, Pettis, Polk, and St. Clair Counties.
Personal Life of Sandy Crawford
Sandy Crawford was born in Buffalo, Missouri, on October 1, 1957. She graduated from Buffalo High School in 1975. Ten years later, while working in the banking industry, Crawford began taking college classes at night. In 1995, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Southwest Missouri State University. She earned an advanced degree from the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado in 1998.
She worked at O’Bannon Bank in Buffalo for 30 years before starting her public service career.
Crawford’s husband John runs their livestock production operation. Crawford assists John with the business when she isn’t conducting her legislative duties.
A lifelong resident of Dallas County, Crawford belongs to the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Lebanon and teaches Sunday school class there.
Political Career of Sandy Crawford
Crawford served as the chairperson of the Dallas County Republican Central Committee before narrowly defeating fellow Republican Warren Love in the August 2010 primary. In the general election three months later, she took 60 percent of the vote, defeating Democrat John L. Wilson and Constitution Party candidate Raymond Kish to become the representative for the 119th District.
All Missouri House of Representative districts were re-drawn following the 2010 census, and Crawford’s home became part of the newly-created 129th District. In 2012, she ran for that house seat and took just over 55 percent of the vote, defeating her fellow Republican Randy Angst. In the general election, she faced Democratic opponent John L. Wilson, who she had defeated in 2010. She won the seat with 75 percent of the vote.
At the start of the 97th General Assembly session in 2010, Crawford’s fellow Republicans chose her to serve as the house majority whip. She served as house majority whip until August 2017, when she was elected senator of the 28th District in a special election.
She serves on all house committees in an ex-officio role and also belongs to the following committees: Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources; Insurance and Banking;
Local Government and Elections; and Veterans and Military Affairs.
Crawford has sponsored a number of bills, to include: SB 623, which would modify provisions relating to foreclosure proceeds; SB 624, which would modify provisions relating to outdoor advertising; SB 917, which would modify provisions relating to coal ash; and SB 951, which would modify provisions relating to hospital regulations.
Crawford is a professional division member of the Future Business Leaders of America and an honorary member of the Lebanon Rotary. She also belongs to the Dallas County Cattlemen, National Rifle Association, Farm Bureau, State Fair Foundation, and the Buffalo, Lebanon, Bolivar, El Dorado Springs, and Stockton Chamber of Commerce.
Crawford serves on the Lebanon Technical and Career Center advisory board, and she belongs to the Buffalo Area Community Housing Corporation board.