by Taylor Beck
Senate appropriations chairman Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, announced Sept. 18 on a conservative radio talk show that he will seek the Republican nomination for Missouri Attorney General in 2016.
Last week House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, confirmed his intension to run for attorney general in 2016 as well, but he has yet to make an official announcement.
Schaefer was first elected in 2008 and is serving his second term in the state Senate. He was an assistant attorney general under Jay Nixon from 1995 to 1999. He was counsel and deputy director of the Department of Natural Resources from 2005 to 2007 under Republican Gov. Matt Blunt.
The current attorney general – Democrat Chris Koster – has announced plans to seek his party’s nomination for governor in 2016. The last Republican attorney general was Bill Webster, who left the post in 1993.
Schaefer was not immediately available for comment. Jones said he did not think a campaign between the top House leader and the Senate’s top budget writer would create tensions.
Instead, Jones said, he would concentrate on his legislative tasks.
“I really haven’t given much more thought to it than that, and I hope Kurt does a great job on the budget and continues to represent the people of Columbia as well as he’s done in the past,” he said.