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Senate Committees:

74th General Assembly – Agriculture; Appropriations; Conservation, Parks, Forestry and Natural Resources; Correctional Institutions; and State Departments.

75th General Assembly – Conservation, Parks and Forestry (vice chairman); Agriculture; Appropriations; Banks and Financial Institutions; Fiscal Affairs; and State Budget Control.

E. Richard Southern served the people of the 18th District (Audrain, Clark, Knox, Lewis, Marion, Monroe, Putnam, Ralls, Schuyler, Scotland and Shelby counties). Born in Madison, he received his education from Madison public schools; Moberly Junior College; and the University of Missouri, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1958 and a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1960. Senator Southern was employed in the Office of Budget and Comptroller from 1957-1958; Office of State Auditor from 1958-1959; and the Sales Use Tax Division within the Department of Revenue from 1959-1961. He also worked as an attorney and partner at law firms in Palmyra, Hannibal and Monroe City. Senator Southern was elected to the House of Representatives to serve Monroe County in 1960 at the age of 24, and re-elected in 1962 and 1964. He was elected to the Senate in 1966, and at the time, served as the youngest senator since 1908. In the 75th General Assembly, Senator Southern served as Majority Caucus Secretary. (Democrat)

Official Manual of the State of Missouri: 1969-1970