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Capitol Perspectives: Rural Dominance in MO’s Legislature

CapitolPerspectives_WPOne of the more fascinating legislative patterns I’ve watched over the decades has been the dominance of rural Missouri in the state’s General Assembly — particularly in the Senate.

Back four decades ago, rural legislators firmly were in control. They were a pretty conservative lot, more interested in limiting government than expanding it.

Highways were the one exception. An adequate highway system in rural Missouri was almost sacred. Those rural

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