Senator Gary Romine was elected to serve Missouri’s 3rd Senate District (Iron, Reynolds, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Washington counties and part of Jefferson County) in November 2012.

In addition to his legislative duties, Sen. Romine currently serves as President and CEO of Show-Me-Rent-To-Own, a business he founded more than 25 years ago. The company began as a single store in Leadington, Mo.; it now includes nine stores throughout the state that employ many outstanding men and women from southeast Missouri. He has served as chairman of the board for the Ste. Genevieve-based MRV Banks since its opening in 2007, and was the president of the Mineral Area College Board of Trustees, of which he had been a member for several years.

Senator Romine served as the legislative liaison for the Missouri Rental Dealers Association and has been a member of the Association of Progressive Rental Organizations for 24 years. During his time with the latter organization, Sen. Romine has served as President, Public Relations Chairman, and participated in Federal Trade Commission and Congressional hearings, an experience that gave him unique insight in navigating the federal legislative process.

Before his election to the Missouri Senate, Sen. Romine served as former Sen. Bill Alter’s Chief of Staff for one year and former Sen. Kevin Engler’s Chief of Staff for two years. He was also a member of the Government Relations Committee for the Missouri Bankers Association.

Prior to starting his own business, Sen. Romine taught high school in the Branson and Farmington school districts.

After graduating from Poplar Bluff High School, Sen. Romine attended Three Rivers Community College and received his Associates in Applied Sciences degree (Business Mid-Management). In 1978, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree (Marketing/Education) from Central Missouri State University.

Senator Romine and his wife, Kathy, raised five children in the southeast Missouri area. They currently reside in Farmington, where they enjoy spending time with their 10 grandchildren and are active members of their church and the community.