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Jeremiah W. "Jay" Nixon
Jeremiah W. "Jay" Nixon

Jeremiah W. "Jay" Nixon is an American politician from Missouri. He has served as Missouri's Attorney General since 1993. He is a Democrat. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (572x783, 14 KB) Summary http://www. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (572x783, 14 KB) Summary http://www. ... Official language(s) English Capital Jefferson City Largest city Kansas City Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 21st 69,709 mi²; 180,693 km² 240 mi; 385 km 300 mi; 480 km 1. ... In most common law jurisdictions, the Attorney General is the main legal adviser to the government, and in some jurisdictions may in addition have executive responsibility for law enforcement or responsibility for public prosecutions. ... It has been suggested that Democratic presidents be merged into this article or section. ...


Education, early career, and personal life

Nixon is a native of De Soto, Missouri. He earned his bachelor's degree in political science and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1978 and 1981, respectively. He is married to Georganne Wheeler Nixon; they have two children, Jeremiah, Jr., and Will. After earning his J.D., he was an attorney in private practice. De Soto is a city located in Jefferson County, Missouri. ... J.D. redirects here; for alternate uses, see J.D. (disambiguation) J.D. is an abbreviation for the Latin Juris Doctor, also called a Doctor of Law or Doctorate of Jurisprudence, and is the law degree typically awarded by an accredited U.S. law school after successfully completing three years... The University of Missouri-Columbia (abbreviated UMC and nicknamed Mizzou) is an institution of higher learning located in Columbia, Missouri and is the main campus in the University of Missouri system. ...

Political career

Nixon was elected to the Missouri Senate in 1986. Two years later, he made his first bid for statewide office, an unsuccesful effort to oust incumbent U.S. Senator John Danforth. Nixon was first elected as Missouri's Attorney General on November 3, 1992, on a platform of fighting crime, cleaning up government corruption, and protecting consumers and the environment. Nixon followed William L. Webster as Attorney General, whose term had been plagued by scandal. The Missouri State Senate is the upper chamber of the Missouri General Assembly It has 34 members, representing districts with an average size of 160,000 residents. ... John Danforth John Claggett Danforth (born September 5, 1936), also referred to as Jack Danforth, is a former United States Ambassador to the United Nations and former United States Senator from Missouri. ... ...

Nixon was re-elected as Attorney General in 1996. In 1998 he again made an unsuccesful run for U.S. Senate, this time losing to incumbent Republican Kit Bond. In 2000 and 2004 Nixon was again re-elected as Attorney General. Christopher Samuel Kit Bond (born March 6, 1939 in St. ...

Attorney General Nixon in the courtroom
Attorney General Nixon in the courtroom

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Accomplishments as Attorney General

One of the most popular programs Nixon has implemented is the state’s No Call program. More than 3.5 million Missourians are a part of the No Call list, which reduces unwanted telemarketing calls. Nixon also has recovered more than $1.2 million from telemarketers who violated the No Call law.

Nixon’s victory in the U.S. Supreme Court in Nixon v. Shrink reinstated Missouri’s campaign contribution limits and cleared the way nationally for campaign finance reform. In two other cases of significance, Nixon’s work in the Blue Cross and Blue Shield and the Health Midwest cases have resulted in the formation of the state’s two largest health-care foundations, which will use more than $1.5 billion to help provide health-care services to underserved populations of the state. Litigation by Nixon against tobacco companies for illegally marketing cigarettes to young people resulted in the largest settlement in the history of the state.

Nixon created an Agriculture and Environment Division, which has worked to protect the interests of the state regarding the flow of the Missouri River. Attorneys take legal action to stop pollution of the state’s air, water and soil and to look after Missouri’s agricultural interests.


As Attorney General, Nixon has also been heavily involved in controversial decisions regarding school desegregation, capital punishment, and abortion. Nixon has overseen the state's involvement in the court settlements that ended mandatory busing to achieve desegregation in St. Louis and Kansas City's public schools. His role in the desegregation cases has caused friction with some African American leaders. Nixon is also a supporter of capital punishment. This has also caused him political difficulties with opponents of capital punishment. Finally, as Attorney General, Nixon is charged with defending legal challenges to the state's laws, including those regulating abortion. This has been politically awkward for Nixon, who is pro-choice and must defend legal challenges to pro-life legislation. Use of the death penalty around the world. ... The Gateway Arch, shown here behind the Old Courthouse, is the most recognizable part of the St. ... Kansas City may refer to: Places: Kansas City Metropolitan Area Kansas City, Missouri, Missouri North Kansas City, Missouri, Missouri Kansas City, Kansas, Kansas Kansas City, Oregon Kansas City, Tennessee Or: Kansas City standard, in computing refers to a standard for storage of data on audio cassettes Deuce-to-seven low... Pro-choice is a common self-description used by people who believe that women should have the legal right to have an abortion, or that one should be able to choose on issues relating to the life or death of themselves or any part of their body. ... Pro-Life advocates make a silent complaint in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. Pro-life is a term used in English-speaking countries to refer a set of values or beliefs which lead some people to oppose abortion and other bioethics issues such as euthanasia, human...

Future political plans

Nixon has continued to win re-election as Attorney General by large margins during a time when other Democrats have had increasing difficulty winning elections in Missouri. This has led many political observers to speculate that Nixon may decide to challenge Governor Matt Blunt in 2008. On November 10 2005, Nixon filed the necessary paperwork with the Missouri Ethics Commission to launch a 2008 campaign for governor. [1] Matthew Roy Blunt (born November 20, 1970) was elected Governor of Missouri on November 2, 2004. ...

Electoral history

  • 2004 Race for state Attorney General
    • Jay Nixon (D) (inc.), 60%
    • Chris Byrd (R), 37%

External link

  • Official Biography
  • 2008 Gubernatorial Campaign Website
Preceded by:
William L. Webster
Missouri State Attorney General
Succeeded by:

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Jay Nixon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (590 words)
Nixon is a native of De Soto, Missouri.
Nixon was elected to the Missouri Senate in 1986.
Nixon was first elected as Missouri's Attorney General on November 3, 1992, on a platform of fighting crime, cleaning up government corruption, and protecting consumers and the environment.
Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon (567 words)
Jay Nixon is serving his fourth term as Attorney General of Missouri.
Nixon was first elected Attorney General on Nov. 3, 1992, on a platform of fighting crime, cleaning up government corruption, and protecting consumers and the environment.
Nixon also has led the fight to protect the state’s interests in the management of the Missouri River as well as to preserve some of the state’s most valuable natural resources, such as Church Mountain and the waterways of the White River basin.
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