An independent voice for Missouri
2006 - present
In 2006, Claire became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from Missouri, winning the seat once held by Harry Truman.
Making good on a campaign pledge, Claire waged a successful six-year effort to rein in wasteful wartime contracting practices in Iraq and Afghanistan - modeled on Harry Truman's famous battle against war profiteering. During the final hours of Claire's first Senate term, her signature legislation implementing historic wartime contracting reforms was signed into law.
Claire's efforts led to the creation of a new Senate panel charged with financial and contracting oversight. As Chairman, Claire led nearly 40 hearings, and launched an even greater number of investigations at dozens of federal departments and agencies, resulting in more than 30 instances of misconduct referred to federal investigators.
Claire drew on her personal commitment to America's military veterans, helping to pass the 21st Century GI Bill, and establishing a veterans' "secret shopper" program to improve health care services for Missouri's veterans. Following reports of neglect, Claire successfully pushed for the removal of Army officials managing Walter Reed Army Medical Center - and shortly after, led the successful effort to reform management of Arlington National Cemetery after disclosures of mismarked gravesites. Later, she passed into law a comprehensive plan fixing the Pentagon’s troubled program to recover American personnel who are prisoners of war and missing in action (POW/MIA).
Claire teamed up with her Republican colleagues to establish a ban on Congressional earmarks, and has helped lead efforts to repeal automatic pay raises for Congress. She bucked her party's leadership, authoring a bill to impose a cap on federal discretionary spending - legislation which came within one vote of Senate passage.
And when dozens of small towns across rural Missouri were threatened with post office closures, Claire waged a successful battle to protect those post offices - which Claire called "the lifeblood of rural Missouri."
Following Claire's resounding reelection in 2012, her oversight panel was expanded and tasked with investigating misconduct at every federal agency. And in 2015, Claire was named the top-ranking Democrat on the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations – formerly the Truman Committee and the Senate’s leading oversight panel. A recognized tech leader - with a penchant for communicating directly with constituents via Twitter - Claire also chaired the Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection. In her second term, Claire has launched investigations into areas including fraudulent robocalls, financial management at the U.S. Energy Department, inaccuracies on credit reports, security clearance background checks, pervasive fraud and waste in an Army National Guard recruiting program, and sexual violence on college and university campuses.
And as a senior member of the Armed Services Committee, Claire drew upon her years as a prosecutor in leading the successful effort to reform how the military handles sexual assaults - successfully enacting sweeping changes to protect and empower survivors and hold perpetrators and commanders accountable.
As Missouri's Senator, Claire has earned a reputation as a plain-spoken, independent voice for Missouri's families and businesses - willing to buck her own party to do what's right, and fighting to expand opportunities for Missouri's kids and grandkids.
Claire returns home to Missouri nearly every weekend, where she loves spending time with her eleven grandchildren. She and her husband Joseph have a blended family of seven children, four of whom live in St. Louis.
We are excited to launch Chris Koster's bus tour from the Old Courthouse on the Square in Harrisonville this Wednesday, August 3rd. Join us in the restored courtroom at 7:45am. (RSVP Here)
Join Luke Scavuzzo, South Commissioner and Patty Johnson, CCDCC Chair, as we welcome Jason Kander to Cass County at 3:30pm on Thursday, July 28th. Let's give Jason a huge Cass County welcome!
Since this is our regular meeting night, we will have dinner and a short meeting after this event at Bella Roma, 1407 S Commercial St. in Harrisonville.
102 E Wall St
Harrisonville, MO 64012
Google map and directions
Join Luke Scavuzzo for some Ice Cream & Cake
Sunday, July 24th
1:00 - 3:00pm
1804 N. Commercial
(Click the picture for a slide show of the weekend)
Once in awhile we take a break from the campaign trail and just have some fun! Last weekend Cass Democrats attended the LEPCI Dinner in Kansas City where we got to hear from our "home-grown" candidates; Ashley Beard-Fosnow, Teresa Hensley and Chris Koster who were all featured speakers.
On Friday night and all day Saturday candidates and volunteers enjoyed the Cass County Fair. We walked with our candidates in the parade, registered voters at the booth and got a BIG laugh when our chair, Patty Johnson, gave South Commissioner, Luke Scavuzzo, a pie in the face!
We're going to have fun this election cycle, working hard to elect Democrats at the local, state and national levels. Join US!
Your Voice Matters
Tuesday June 28th
315 N Municipal Cir, Raymore, MO 64083
5:30pm-7:30pm: Talk to Ashley about the issues that matter to you. Residents of the district will be encouraged to record your thoughts to the campaign video collage
7pm-7:30pm: Participate in a community listening session for the 55th House District
RSVP at Ashley@ashleyformissouri.com
The August 2nd Primary is fast approaching. Here's a sample ballot for Cass County. (Sample Ballot)
Not yet registered? The deadline to register is July 6th for the August 2nd primary
Come join us Thursday!