Did You Know: Facts about Missouri, the State Capitol, General Assembly, Senate and Senators

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Term Limits

Missouri’s 34 state senators hail from a variety of diverse backgrounds including business, law, education, and agriculture.Term limits for state lawmakers were approved by voters in November 1992 and became effective Dec. 3, 1992.
Many lawmakers in the Senate started their legislative careers in the Missouri House of Representatives. Currently, 27 state senators previously served in the House.State senators are limited to two four-year terms and representatives are limited to four two-year terms. The constitution was amended in 2002 to add provisions for partial terms served.
The average age of those currently serving in the Missouri Senate is approximately 50. The oldest senator is 68 years old and the youngest is 33.

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The initial effect of term limits occurred during the 2002 election when 12 senators and 73 House members were ineligible to run for re-election.

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