Brian Munzlinger, a Republican, is a Missouri state senator who represents the 18th District. The district is made up of Adair, Chariton, Clark, Knox, Lewis, Linn, Macon, Marion, Pike, Ralls, Randolph, Schuyler, Scotland, and Shelby Counties. He is the majority caucus whip.
Personal Life of Brian Munzlinger – Missouri State Senator
Though he was born in Quincy, Illinois on April 24, 1956, Munzlinger was raised in Lewis County, Missouri. In 1978, he graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Science degree in general agriculture and a teaching certificate in agriculture.
Munzlinger is a third-generation Missouri farmer and owns a farm near Williamstown, Missouri, where he lives with his wife Michele and their two children. The family attends Monticello United Methodist Church.
Political Career of Brian Munzlinger
In 2002, Munzlinger ran for the 1st District Missouri House of Representatives seat. He took over 55 percent of the vote to defeat Democrat Paul Campbell. He was reelected three more times, but Missouri’s term limits prevented him from running in 2010.
But that same year he ran for the 18th District Missouri State Senate seat. He ran unopposed in the primary, and took over 58 percent of the vote to defeat incumbent Democrat Wes Shoemyer in the general election. He ran unopposed in the 2014 general election.
Munzlinger is the chairman of the Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources committee, and belongs to the following committees and commissions: Government Reform; Gubernatorial Appointments; Small Business and Industry; Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety; Joint Committee on Legislative Research; Joint Committee on Life Sciences; Joint Committee on Transportation Oversight; Senate Interim Committee on Labor Reform; and the Missouri Emergency Response Commission.
Munzlinger has sponsored the following bills: SB 547, which would modify provisions relating to industrial hemp; SB 682, which would allow students enrolled in virtual institutions to participate in the Access Missouri Financial Assistance Program; SB 774, which would modify provisions relating to vacancies in certain elected offices; SCR 36, which would designate the month of August as Shingles Awareness and Prevention Month; SJR 19, which would modify the membership composition and terms of service of the commissioners on the Conservation Commission; and SJR 20, which would amend the Constitution to require that the sales tax dedicated to conservation purposes be resubmitted to the voters for approval every 10 years.
Organizations and Awards
Munzlinger is a member of the following organizations: Missouri Farm Bureau; Missouri Corn Growers; Missouri Soybean Association; Missouri Cattlemen’s Association; the National Federation of Independent Business; Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity; State Fair Foundation; University of Missouri Alumni Association; and the National Rifle Association. He serves on the advisory board to the University of Missouri’s Greenley Research Center and the board of directors for the NEMO Grain Processors Co-op. Munzlinger served as a rifle and pistol instructor for the 4-H.
Munzlinger has been recognized or honored by the Missouri Association of Career and Technical Education and the Missouri Chamber of Commerce. He received the Legislative Award from the Missouri Police Chiefs Association, and he was named “Senator of the Year” by the Missouri Sheriff’s Association.