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This profile was last updated on 6/20/08  and contains information from public web pages.

Employment History

  • Governor
  • Special Prosecutor for Attorney General's Office
  • Governor
  • Minority Member
  • Congressman

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Women for Hulshof


  • law degree
    University of Mississippi
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Renee Hulshof cites ..., 20 June 2008 [cached]
Renee Hulshof cites importance of local GOP turnout in primaryHulshof for Governor
Renee Hulshof cites importance of local GOP turnout in primary
A woman was the featured speaker on Friday at a Women for Hulshof gathering in Joplin.
But the candidate, also a U.S. representative from Missouri's 9th District, had to return to Washington for a vote, so Renee Hulshof, his wife, addressed the more than 150 women gathered at the Butcher's Block Banquet Center north of Joplin.
Renee Hulshof formed the "Women for Hulshof" organization.The Joplin area gathering was the fourth, and the largest so far, she said.
Hulshof discusses ..., 21 Sept 2008 [cached]
Hulshof discusses his political history, plans for the future in Southeast Missourian interview (09/21/08)
Hulshof outlines his plans for legislation he would champion as Missouri's governor (09/21/08) hulshof's agenda During the course of his campaign for governor, U.S. Rep.
Family: Married to Renee Hulshof; two ..., 26 July 2008 [cached]
Family: Married to Renee Hulshof; two daughters: Casey and Hanna.
Education: Bachelor's in agriculture economics from University of Missouri; law degree from University of Mississippi.
Experience: Assistant public defender in Cape Girardeau, Mo., 1983-86; assistant prosecuting attorney in Cape Girardeau, 1986-89; special prosecutor for Missouri attorney general's office, 1989-96.
Hulshof: The congressman is a corn farmer who unapologetically supports the state's ethanol mandate and says the price of gas would be higher if not for the state's policies.He points out that Missouri's gas prices, on average, are among the lowest in the country.Hulshof has strong ties to the ethanol industry and his farm has benefited from biodiesel subsidies.
Steelman: She was the first statewide official to publicly criticize the arrangement that allows Speaker of the House Rod Jetton to consult for other elected officials.She wants to outlaw the practice.She says the state should not allow lawmakers to make votes that might allow them to benefit from taxpayer dollars.
Hulshof: His first campaign announcement was a plan to bid out all of the state's drivers license fee offices, though he later said existing holders of contracts could get a built-in advantage.He said he supports a ban on all gifts to lawmakers and has said he wants to strengthen the Missouri Ethics Commission .
Steelman: The treasurer says she is in favor of tort reform, but her record has created a big opening for Hulshof.As a state senator, she was the only Republican to vote to override a Gov.
Hulshof: A former prosecutor, he has made an issue out of his support for tort reform efforts.
Three look to unseat Hulshof, 15 Oct 2006 [cached]
Married to Renee Hulshof.
Hulshof worked as an assistant special prosecutor in the Missouri attorney general's office in the early 1990s, but his political career stumbled out of the gate.
The decision, Hulshof said, caused serious friction between Nixon and Democratic operatives.But he said it also showcased the attorney general's ability to keep his word.
Hulshof said his relationship with his former boss is not especially close, except for an occasional interaction that usually results in lighthearted teasing about Nixon's basketball skills.
'I respect him,' Hulshof said. 'I think the feeling's mutual.So we always exchange pleasantries when we see each other at the state fair. ...Hulshof won in 1996, ending a decades-long stranglehold by Democrats on the congressional seat.And since that time, he said, he has sensed a change in his understanding of issues.
'Back in 1994, I was talking points deep,' Hulshof said.
'For the most part,' Hulshof has 'not had serious competition,' Klass said. 'What Duane, I think, needs more than anything is to get media exposure so people can assess him and compare him to the other candidate.'
Two minor party candidates will share the ballot with Hulshof and Burghard.
Hulshof, however, said the tax-cutting policy has stimulated the economy, leaving businesses and individuals with more money in their pockets.
'I do subscribe to the supply side,' Hulshof said. 'The Dow's high, and even though job numbers weren't what we were hoping, unemployment is 4.6 percent.All of those things occurred after these very pro-growth tax policies.'
To retain a sense of fiscal sanity, Hulshof advocates reducing spending on entitlement programs.
'The way to slow the rate of growth in some of these entitlements is the real way we're going to get back to a balanced budget,' Hulshof said.
Hulshof voted for the Medicare Part D program, an expensive expansion of one of the largest entitlement programs in federal government.
Hulshof said the bill was fiscally responsible because it will eventually save money when seniors don't have to use the acute care system.
'We don't get credit when the cholesterol drug that you take keeps you out of the hospital.They can't measure the savings we get from the drugs not having to have the actual procedure.'
Hulshof also said charges that the bill was favorable to drug companies - a major contributor to his campaign - try to mask previous predictions that ended up not coming to fruition.
Hulshof, however, voted for the federal amendment.
'I'm a traditionalist in that marriage should be between single man and single woman,' Hulshof said.
A war about war
Hulshof frequently points out in stump speeches and interviews that he represents a district that includes a city with one or two war protests every week.Hulshof said he opposed an earlier conflict - the intervention in Kosovo - because he didn't think it was in the United States' national security interests.
'I kind of get into a friendly debate about Iraq with some staunch opponents of the president,' Hulshof said. 'And I ask them, ‘Did you stand outside the post office when President Clinton started lobbing bombs in a pre-emptive fashion on Kosovo?' '
And though he thought the stability of the Middle East was in danger, Hulshof said, he carried the skepticism on the way to his vote in favor of the Iraq war.After meeting with several administration officials, including then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, Hulshof said he thought Iraq posed a direct threat to the security of the United States.
Marvin Overby, a professor of political science at the University of Missouri-Columbia, said the unpopularity of the Iraq war could have an impact on the race between Hulshof and Burghard.
With a decrease in power, some say, Hulshof might make a bid for Missouri governor, U.S. senator or even - in his own, joking manner - vice president of the United States.
Hulshof concedes he would have less influence as a minority member of House.
'With some seniority,' Hulshof said, 'I can see having an impact even if the voters across the country decide to make Nancy Pelosi speaker, because I'm still going to be on the most powerful and influential committee in Congress.That won't change.
'I'm not here to blow smoke.The fact is, if we're minority, yeah, the majority party is one that sets the agenda.'
Talent said Hulshof could get things done in Washington, D.C.
Hulshof's wife, Renee Hulshof, ..., 3 Jan 2009 [cached]
Hulshof's wife, Renee Hulshof, told a reporter recently she and her husband have been homebodies since the election and that they don't like people telling them how 'sorry they are.' The Hulshofs are moving on, focusing on a new routine, their family farm in southeast Missouri and their two daughters, Casey and Hanna.
Renee Hulshof said her husband, a lawyer, is going to look for work in the private sector, perhaps related to policy. Hulshof, 50, has been a congressman for a dozen years and probably could have held the seat as long as he wished.
But he clearly has been restless the past few years, attempting to become president of the University of Missouri System in 2007 and stepping into the governor's race a year later after incumbent Gov.
David Webber, a University of Missouri political scientist, said Hulshof's congressional career could best be remembered for the event in which Hulshof stood up against House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, in 2004.
Hulshof, then a member of the House Ethics Committee, led an inquiry into an allegation that a member exchanged his vote in return for a favor. Hulshof's committee later reported that DeLay was responsible for the 'quid pro quo,' a disclosure that made Hulshof an enemy of DeLay's friends and cost Hulshof a position on the committee. Hulshof's committee later reported that DeLay was responsible for the 'quid pro quo,' a disclosure that made Hulshof an enemy of DeLay's friends and cost Hulshof a position on the committee.
Hulshof consistently supported conservative issues while in Congress, including tax cuts, smaller government, anti-abortion legislation and gun ownership rights. He endorsed President George W. Bush's policies and voted for the 2002 Iraq war resolution.
Rick Hocks, a musician and English professor, got to know Hulshof through their involvement in the choir at the Catholic St. Thomas More Newman Center in Columbia, where Hulshof played drums and Hocks was a guitarist.
Hocks said Hulshof was 'a terrific guy, a great family man, very likable, intelligent and funny.
In 2004, Hulshof served as Bush's re-election campaign chairman in Missouri. Bush helped raise $1.5 million for Hulshof's campaign for governor.
Hulshof's political career began in the early 1990s as he made a name for himself by being a tough and aggressive special prosecutor. Years later, some criminal cases he brought against individuals are still under appeal or re-examination.
He ran for Congress after failing to win appointment as Boone County prosecuting attorney. When he defeated incumbent Democrat Rep. Harold Volkmer in 1996, Hulshof was Columbia's first hometown congressman since Republican Max Schwabe was defeated in 1948.
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