Senator Ed Emery, a Republican, was elected to the Missouri state Senate in November 2012. He represents the 31st District comprising Barton, Bates, Cass, Henry and Vernon counties.
Senator Emery’s committee assignments include serving as vice chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence, which has the task of reviewing legislation pertaining to Missouri’s criminal justice and legal system. He also serves on three additional committees: Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy and the Environment; Education; and Ways and Means.
Senator Emery previously served four terms (2003-2010) in the Missouri House representing the former 126th District, which was composed of Barton and Dade counties and portions of Jasper and Polk counties.
While there, he served on several House committees including Children and Families, Job Creation and Tax Reform. He also chaired the House Utilities Committee and the Special Committee on Immigration Reform.
Senator Emery is a native of Vernon County, Mo., where he worked with his father and grandfather in their feed and grain business. He graduated from The University of Missouri-Rolla with a degree in engineering and worked in the oil and gas industry until returning to Missouri in 1994. Senator Emery and his wife, Rebecca, reside in Lamar, Mo. They have four children, Elizabeth, Samuel, Daniel and Paul, and one grandchild.
Senator Emery is a member of Lamar First Baptist Church, Missouri Farm Bureau, National Rifle Association, Gun Owners of America, VFW Men’s Auxiliary, Barton County Excel, a number of Chambers of Commerce, and the Air Force Academy Association of Graduates. He also served as executive director of Missouri Fair Tax.
Awards and Honors presented to Senator Emery while serving in the House include:
- 2010 Legislator of the year — Missouri Republican Assembly
- 2009 William Wilberforce Award — Concerned Women for America, Missouri Chapter
- 2008 Legislator of the year — Missouri Cable Telecommunications Association
- 2008 Legislator of the year — Missouri Energy Development Association
- 2008 Leadership award — Missouri Telecommunications Industry Association
- 2006 Legislator of the year —American Legislative Exchange Council