Missouri State Senate
Biography for Senator Days

Senator Rita Heard Days was born on Oct. 16, 1950, in Minden, Louisiana, located approximately 40 minutes west of Shreveport.  She graduated from Webster High School in 1968 and received a music degree from Lincoln University in 1972.

With an open House seat for the 71st District in Missouri, Sen. Days ran for the position and was elected as a representative for the district in a special election in November 1993.  Three years later, Sen. Days was elected by her peers as House Majority Whip and retained that position for the remainder of her time in the Missouri House of Representatives. 

During her time in the House, Sen. Days sponsored and co-sponsored legislation that addressed osteoporosis (1995), elections (1996), early childhood education (1997), bonds for sewer improvement (1997), education reform (1998), creating the Neighborhood Preservation Pilot Program (1999), and enacting the Missouri Universal Health Assurance Program (2000).

Senator Days was elected to the Missouri Senate in 2002 where she currently serves on more than 10 committees, commissions, and councils.  In her years in the Senate, she has drafted legislation addressing discrimination (2003), early childhood special education (2004), property taxes (2005), advanced voting systems for elections (2006), children’s mental health (2007), and ballot requirements for elections (2008).

Some of Sen. Days’ legislative accomplishments include serving on the Commission on the Future of Higher Education, Joint Commission for Court Automation, Southern Legislative Conference Education Committee, Re-appointment Task Force Committee on the Assembly on State Issues of the National Conference of State Legislatures, Election Task Force, and the Council of State Government.

Sen. Days is the proud mother of three wonderful children: Elliot, Natalie, and Evelyn.

Return to Senator's Main Page