Josh Hawley

A Republican will hold the office of Missouri attorney general for the first time in 24 years when Josh Hawley is sworn in next month. He defeated Democratic challenger Teresa Hensley in November while styling himself as a constitutional scholar instead of a prosecutor.

As St. Louis Public Radio reported before the election, he stressed his credentials as a constitutional scholar. He served as a law clerk for U.S. Appeals Court Judge Michael McConnell of the 10th circuit and U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. More recently, Hawley worked as a law professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Josh Hawley
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Josh Hawley has declared victory in his quest for Missouri’s next attorney general, celebrating with supporters Tuesday night in Springfield.

At the time of the remarks, with 70 percent of precincts reporting, the Republican candidate led Democratic opponent and prosecutor Teresa Hensley by close to 30 points. 

“I am pleased to say that we believe we have won this race tonight,” stated Hawley.

Every Missouri attorney general since 1969 has sought higher office at the conclusion of their term, just as gubernatorial candidate Chris Koster is doing this year. Even so, the race to be the next attorney general hasn’t received much attention. Perhaps it should; this year’s two major candidates have completely different ideas about what the job even is.

Sen. Roy Blunt
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Springfield played host to several Republican victory speeches Tuesday night, including two candidates for statewide office and another two for U.S. Congress.

Republican nominees for Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, U.S. House District 7 Billy Long and U.S Senate Roy Blunt thanked supporters from the stage at Classic Rock Coffee after convincing victories.

Josh Hawley
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By a nearly 30 percent margin, Josh Hawley won the Missouri attorney general nomination of the Republican Party Tuesday night.

“Erin and I are so honored by your confidence that you have placed in us,” said Hawley during his victory speech at Springfield’s Metropolitan Grill. “And we are honored to be able to carry the Republican message into the fall. It’s going to be a clear contrast in the fall.”