Senator David Schatz, a Republican, represents the 26th Senatorial District. He was elected to the Senate during the November 2014 general election and was sworn in on Jan. 7, 2015. He had previously served two terms in the Missouri House of Representatives, where he was elected to his first two-year term in November 2010.

In addition to his legislative duties, Sen. Schatz is vice president of Schatz Underground, Inc., a family-run business. He has started and operated several businesses in his community.

Sen. Schatz is a member of the Temple Baptist Church and a Life Member of the NRA. He has served on the Spring Bluff School District Board and volunteered in area youth sports as a coach.

Sen. Schatz is a 1982 graduate of Sullivan High School.

Born November 28, 1963 in Sullivan, Sen. Schatz currently resides there with his wife, Chara. Sen. Schatz and Chara have five children, David, his wife, Stephanie, Daniel, Devon, Dana, and Dailiee, and one grandchild, Caden.