Wayne Wallingford

Background of Missouri State Senator, Wayne Wallingford, 27th District

Wayne Wallingford is a Republican U.S. State Senator representing the 27th District of Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Madison, Perry, Scott, and Wayne Counties in Missouri.  Born in 1946 in Geneva, Illinois, he graduated from Geneva Community High School in 1964.  He went on to study Business Administration at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, and graduated with his Bachelor’s of Science in 1968.  To further his education, Senator Wallingford attended graduate school at Central Michigan University, where he received his Master’s of Art in Management Supervision, specializing in Health Care Administration, in 1983.  Senator Wallingford is a combat veteran of Vietnam, Desert Storm, and Desert Shield, serving in the United States Air Force for 25 years.  Before he retired a Lt. Colonel, Senator Wallingford became a highly decorated officer.  After completing five tours in Vietnam and six tours in Desert Storm, he received the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Force Commendation Medal for Heroism, and several other awards and honors.

Legislative History of Wayne Wallingford

Senator Wallingford began his legislative career in 2010 when he was first elected to the Missouri State House of Representatives.  After serving one term, he ran for the Missouri State Senate and won his election to represent the 27th Senatorial District.  After a successful first term in the Senate, he was reelected by his constituents in 2016 to serve a second term.  As a member of the Missouri State Senate, Senator Wallingford is an active member, sitting on several committees such as the Appropriations Committee, the Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy, and the Environment, the Committee on Progress and Development, and the Committee on Small Business and Industry, to name a few.  In addition, Senator Wallingford serves as the Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, and the Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs.


Senator Wallingford and his wife Susan reside in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.  Following his extensive educational background in business administration and management supervision, Wallingford spent 11 years as a general manager, a multi-unit manager, a staffing manager, and a training coach with Taco Bell Corporation.  Currently, he is the Chief People’s Officer at McDonald’s of Southeast Missouri.  In addition to his work as a legislator and his professional business occupation with McDonald’s, Senator Wallingford is extremely active in his community.  Along with membership in his local church parish, Senator Wallingford sits on the Board of Directors on several high-profile organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, the Samaritan Regional Health Clinic, the P-20 Education Council, Project Charlie, and the Lewis and Clark Heritage Foundation.

Senator Wallingford has used his background and experience as a highly decorated Air Force Lt. Colonel and education in business to prove an effective leader for his constituents in the 27th Senatorial District of Missouri.  Currently, in the middle of his second term, Senator Wallingford has found success as an advocate for military veterans, small business owners, children, seniors, and those in need.  His endless list of military accolades, leadership positions in civilian life, and committee memberships in the Missouri State Senate has contributed significantly to this success.