Senator Kurt U. Schaefer was elected to the Missouri Senate in 2008 representing the citizens of the 19th senatorial district. Senator Schaefer is the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and serves on the Senate Committees on Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence and Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy and the Environment.

In addition to his legislative duties, Senator Schaefer is the former General Counsel and Deputy Director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Special Counsel to the Governor, Special Counsel to the Missouri Department of Agriculture, Missouri Assistant Attorney General and Special Assistant United States Attorney.

As General Counsel and Deputy Director at DNR, he was responsible for all legal aspects of the State's Environmental Regulatory and Enforcement Agency, which also owns and manages the State's 83 state parks and historic sites, including litigation management, environmental, administrative, employment, personal injury, Sunshine Law and open records/meetings, contracts, and constitutional law.

Sen. Schaefer has litigated bench and jury trials of all kinds and complexities in numerous circuit and federal courts throughout Missouri and elsewhere. He has handled approximately 100 appellate actions before all three districts of the Missouri Court of Appeals and Missouri Supreme Court, and more than 90 administrative proceedings before various state permitting and licensing agencies and the Missouri Public Service Commission.

Senator Schaefer and his wife Stacia have three children and live in Columbia. He is a partner in the law firm of Lathrop and Gage LLP.

Schaefer has received the following awards for his legislative achievements:


• Outstanding Legislator Award Missouri Pork Association and the Missouri Pork Industry


• State Historical Society's "Trustees' Appreciation Award"
• Freedometer Award from the Concerned Women for America of Missouri
• Conservation Federation of Missouri - Conservation Legislator of the Year
• Missouri Lawyers Weekly - Influential Lawyer 2014 Award


• Emerging Issues & Trends in Real Estate Forum
• Boys and Girls Clubs of the Columbia Area


• University of Missouri Graduate Professional Council Award
• Alzheimer’s Association Leadership of the Year Award
• ASUM Legislator of the Year Award
• Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons Health Legislative Award
• University of Missouri Flagship Council Award
• Service Award from the City of Columbia
• Missouri Sheriffs’ Association Senator of the Year Award
• St. Louis RCGA Statesman Award
• Missouri Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association Award for Service and Dedication to Missouri Agriculture Education

Click here to view Senator Schaefer's Legislative Recognitions