Personal Life of Ed Emery
A native of Vernon County, Emery was born on May 25, 1950. During his formative years, Emery worked with his father and grandfather in their feed and grain business. He earned an engineering degree from the University of Missouri-Rolla. He worked in the oil and gas industry before returning to Missouri in 1994. Emery and his wife Rebecca live in Lamar, Missouri. They have four children: Elizabeth, Samuel, Daniel and Paul.
Political Career of Ed Emery
Emery served as a Missouri state representative from 2003 to 2011. Though he ran for the 28th District Missouri state senate seat in 2010, his fellow Republican Mike Parson defeated him in the primary. Emery ran for the 31st District Missouri state senate seat in 2012 and took over 63 percent of the vote to defeat Democrat Charles A. Burton.
As a Missouri state representative, Emery served as chairman of the Utilities Committee and chairman of the Special Committee on Immigration Reform. He also belonged to several committees, including Children and Families, Job Creation and Tax Reform.
As a Missouri state senator, Emery serves as chairman of the Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy and the Environment committee, and chairman of the Senate Interim Committee on Utility Regulation and Infrastructure Investment. He also belongs to the following committees: Education;
Government Reform; Gubernatorial Appointments; Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence; Joint Committee on Government Accountability; Administrative Law Judge Review; and the Senate Interim Committee on Tax Administration Practices.
Emery opposes Medicaid expansion and the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. He’s also a vocal supporter of school choice. He believes parents are more apt to get involved in their children’s education if they have choices, and that public schools tend to focus on the “strength of the institution,” instead of student achievement.
Emery has sponsored several bills, including: SB 565, which would establish the Missouri Empowerment Scholarship Accounts Program; SB 641, which would allow a court to place a person on electronic monitoring with victim notification if a person has been charged with, or found guilty of, violating an order of protection; SB 642, which would modify provisions relating to ratemaking for public utilities; SB 643, which would require the State Board of Education to develop a simplified annual school report card for each school attendance center; SB 690, which would require that all school shower rooms, locker rooms, and restrooms accessible for use by multiple students shall be designated for, and used by, male or female students only; SB 725, which would create the “Academic Freedom and Whistleblower Protection Act”; SCR 33, which would urge the federal government to return certain lands to western states where such lands are located; and SCR 34, which would urge the United States Congress to propose the Regulation Freedom Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Organizations and Awards
Emery is a member of Lamar First Baptist Church, Missouri Farm Bureau, National Rifle Association, Gun Owners of America, Veterans of Foreign Wars Men’s Auxiliary, Barton County Excel, Greenfield Chamber of Commerce, and the Air Force Academy Association of Graduates. He also served as executive director of Missouri Fair Tax.
Emery has received the following awards and honors: 2010 Legislator of the Year, Missouri Republican Assembly; 2009 William Wilberforce Award, Concerned Women for America, Missouri Chapter; 2008 Legislator of the Year, Missouri Cable Telecommunications Association; 2008 Legislator of the Year, Missouri Energy Development Association; 2008 Leadership Award, Missouri Telecommunications Industry Association; and 2006 Legislator of the Year, American Legislative Exchange Council.