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Missouri Government

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Missouri Government has three branches of government: Executive, Legislative and JudicialMissouri Government has three branches of government: Executive, Legislative and Judicial and state agencies which consists of Administration, Agriculture, Conservation, Corrections, Economic, Development, Elementary and Secondary Education, Health and Senior Services, Higher Education, Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration (DIFP), Labor and Industrial Relations, Mental Health, Natural Resources, Public Safety, Revenue, Social Services and Transportation.

Executive Branch of Missouri

The Executive Branch consists of the Governor, the Secretary of State, the State Auditor, the Treasurer, the Commissioner of Agriculture and the Attorney General.


The Governor of the State of Missouri is the head of the executive branch of Missouri Government. The Governor is elected every four years by a plurality. There is no limit to the number of terms that can be served. The governor may also call for special sessions if the need arises. The Governor can remit fines and penalties and grant reprieves and pardon person convicted of certain crimes.

Contact Details
P.O. Box 720
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: (573) 751-3222

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Lieutenant governor

The lieutenant governor acts as governor when there is a position in the office of governor or if the Governor is not present in the state. The lieutenant governor acts as commissioner of the Recreation and Tourism, Missouri Department of Culture, and has such other responsibilities and duties as the Governor shall assign.

Contact Details
Office of the Lieutenant Governor
State Capitol Building - Room 224
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Phone: 573.751.4727
Fax: 573.751.9422

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Secretary of State

The Secretary of State heads the Department of State and is the state’s chief election officer. He oversees parish registrars of voters, certifies and prepares the ballots for all elections, administering the voter registration laws, administering the election laws, announcing election returns and buying, keeping, checking and maintaining voting machines. The Secretary of State distributes and publishes the acts of the legislature, conserving the official records of the state and keeping the Great Seal and attaching it to official state documents.

Contact Details
600 West Main Street
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Main Office: (573) 751-4936

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Attorney General

The Attorney General is the chief of the Department of Justice and is the state’s chief legal officer. He defends the interest and rights of the state. He or she has the authority to arbitrate in any civil action in which the state has significance. The Attorney General's office protects Missouri laws against constitutional disputes in federal court.

Contact Details
Missouri Attorney General's Office
Supreme Court Building
207 W. High St.
P.O. Box 899
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: 573-751-3321
Fax: 573-751-0774

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The Treasurer is the chief of the Department of the Treasury and is the guardian of state finances. The Treasurer expends unrestricted money as requisites by law and keeps a record of the money. The Treasurer works as the banker of the state and endows amount in the bank that are not presently needed in the state. The Treasurer also acts as primary chief of the State Bond Commission and is a part of the Interim Emergency Board.

Contact Details
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Main Office Capitol Office
Main Phone: (573) 751-8533
Main Fax: (573) 751-0343
Capitol Phone: (573) 751-2411
Capitol Fax: (573) 751-9443

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State Auditor

The State Auditor is the payroll officer and chief accountant. The Auditor promotes the state of Missouri's financial accountability. Assisting agencies to account for public money responsibly and promoting transparency in the State’s finances are top priorities.

Contact Details
Jefferson City Office Building
301 West High Street
Office 880
P.O. Box 869
Jefferson City, Missouri 65102
Phone: (573) 751-4213
Email: moaudit@auditor.mo.gov

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Missouri Legislative Branch

The Missouri General Assembly is the state legislature of the State of Missouri and is composed of two chambers: the House of Representatives and the Senate. The General Assembly is responsible for creating laws for governing the State of Missouri.

House of Representatives

The Missouri House of Representatives has 163 members. Delegates serve two-year terms with all of the seats in the House up for election every two years. Find house of representatives here.

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The Missouri Senate has 34 members, and each senator is limited to two four-year terms. The Missouri Senate meets each year from early January to mid-May for the regular legislative session. In the weeks during this time, the Missouri Senate typically meets from mid-afternoon Mondays to mid-afternoon Thursdays. The same holds true for the Missouri House of Representatives.

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Judicial Branch of Missouri

Judicial Branch of MissouriThe third branch of government is the Judicial branch which consists of Missouri Supreme Court, Missouri Court of Appeals which are further divided into Eastern District, Western District and Southern District and Municipal Courts. The duties of the judicial branch include protecting individual rights granted by the state constitution, settling legal disputes, punishing violators of the law, hearing civil cases and determining the guilt or innocence of those accused of violating the criminal laws of the state.

Missouri Supreme Court

The Supreme Court consists of a chief justice and six associate justicesThe Supreme Court consists of a chief justice and six associate justices and out of them, four must have a unique verdict. Judges of Supreme Court serves ten-year terms. The state has seven Supreme Court districts, and at least one judge is nominated from each one. The Supreme Court has individual power to hire attorneys as temporary or judges of family courts, municipal, city, traffic or juvenile. Chief justice is the chief administrative officer of the judicial system of the state. The Supreme Court can take cases of state bar associations and can take necessary actions against them. The jurisdiction of the Supreme Court in civil cases re-evaluates both the law and main issues when handling cases. In criminal matters, The judgement of Supreme Court is valid only regarding the laws in the criminal cases.

Contact Details
207 West High Street
Jefferson City, Missouri 65101
Phone: (573) 751-4144

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Missouri Court of Appeals

The judge with the longest term of service is named chief judge. Each court has panels of at least three judges. The state at present has five circuit court. The term of a court of appeal judge is ten years. A person can take the case further and can evaluate it if he/she is not satisfied with the verdict of Circuit Court Judge. A court of appeal has authority of all cases from family and juvenile courts, civil matters and most criminal cases . A court of appeal also has the authority to evaluate and oversee cases which are taken from circuit courts.

Contact Details
One Post Office Square
815 Olive Street, Room 304
St. Louis, Missouri 63101
Telephone number - (314) 539-4300
Fax number - (314) 539-4324
E-mail address: moapped@courts.mo.gov

Missouri State Agencies

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is responsible for defending the public health and security of the residents and countless visitors. The functions of department include development of state health policy and management of the state's publicly funded health service systems.

Contact DetailsMissouri Department of Health and Senior Services is responsible for defending the public health
912 Wildwood
P.O. Box 570
Jefferson City, Missouri 65102
Phone: 573-751-6400
Fax: 573-751-6010
Email: info@health.mo.gov

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Missouri Department of Transportation works toward the transportation system of Missouri.Missouri Department of Transportation

Missouri Department of Transportation works toward the transportation system of Missouri. The department manages the safety of bridges, roads, airports, railways and seaports. Missouri transportation system includes roadway, airways, railways, sea, bus transit, spaceports, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

Contact Details
Missouri Department of Transportation
Kansas City Area District 600 NE
Colbern Road Lee's Summit,
MO 64086 (816) 622-6500
FAX: (816) 622-6550

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Missouri Department of Revenue

The Department works toward enforcement of liquor control laws, collection and administration of mineral taxes and the wholesale distribution of alcohol beverages. The mission of the department is to provide efficient and accurate distribution of all sales and to maintain timely deposits on all tax payments receiveThe Department works toward enforcement of liquor control lawsd.

Contact Details
Harry S Truman State Office Building
301 West High Street Jefferson City, MO 65101
Email: dormail@dor.mo.gov

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Missouri Department of Agriculture

Missouri Department of Agriculture administers many of the programs and implementing the rules that blows every feature of the state’s agriculture and forestry. The department has many divisions that operate to improve the state’s agricultural outputs that that benefit producers as well as consumers.

Contact Details
Missouri Department of Agriculture
PO Box 630
1616 Missouri Boulevard
Jefferson City, Missouri 65102
Tel: (573) 751-4211
Email: aginfo@mda.mo.gov

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Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

It consists of the Missouri State Board of Education, a policy-making body, which makes and implements all policies for all public education in Missouri. The Department implements federal and state legislative mandates in education.

Contact Details
205 Jefferson St.
Jefferson City, MO 65101

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Missouri Department of Labor

The Department works toward improving the conditions of consumers and businesses. The Labor Division implement various programs to eliminate job-site hazards, inspects manufactured homes, conducts boiler, elevator and amusement ride inspections.

Contact Details
421 East Dunklin
P.O. Box 59
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0059
Telephone: 573-751-3215

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Fax: 573-751-4945

Missouri State Police

The Missouri State Police works significantly to promote safety of public and enhances the quality of life by creating a sense of security. It has four departments which comprises of Administration, Forensic Services, Internal Investigation and Operations

Contact Details
Missouri Capitol Police
301 West High Street, Rm. 101
P.O. Box 36
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: (573) 751-2764
Fax: (573) 526-3898
Email: dpsinfo@dps.mo.gov

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