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Josh HawleyREPRepublican United States Senator
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MOResidence (state)

Joshua David Hawley (born December 31, 1979) is an American politician and lawyer serving as the senior United States senator from Missouri, a seat he has held since 2019. A member of the Republican Party, Hawley served as the 42nd attorney general of Missouri from 2017 to 2019, before defeating two-term incumbent Democratic senator Claire McCaskill in the 2018 election. Born in Springdale, Arkansas, to a banker and a teacher, Hawley graduated from Stanford University in 2002 and Yale Law School in 2006. He was a law clerk to Tenth Circuit Judge Michael W. McConnell and Chief Justice John Roberts and then worked as a lawyer, first in private practice from 2008 to 2011 and then for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty from 2011 to 2015. Before becoming Missouri attorney general, he was also an associate professor at the University of Missouri School of Law, and a faculty member of the conservative Blackstone Legal Fellowship. As Missouri attorney general, Hawley initiated several high-profile lawsuits and investigations, including a lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act, an investigation into Missouri governor Eric Greitens, and a lawsuit and investigation into companies associated with the opioid epidemic. In the Senate, he became widely known for his criticism of Big Tech, as well as for his criticism of the Chinese government and his support for an independent Hong Kong. His political beliefs have been described as strongly socially conservative. Critics have characterized his ideology as reactionary and theocratic.In December 2020, Hawley provoked a political backlash when he became the first senator to announce plans to object to the certification of Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 United States presidential election. He led Senate efforts to overturn the Electoral College vote count and rallied supporters of the notion that the 2020 U.S. presidential election was stolen, which subsequently motivated the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

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Campaign Funding

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Cash on Hand
Top Industries  (1 - 4 of 10) View All Industries
Real Estate$544,454
Securities & Investment$483,494
Leadership PACs$421,230
Lawyers/Law Firms$361,148
Misc Manufacturing & Distributing$293,890
Oil & Gas$250,370
Health Professionals$200,004
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Financial Data Source: Center for Responsive Politics
Education5 - 5 of 3
Yale Law School
Juris Doctor
2003 - 2006
Stanford University
Bachelor of Arts
1998 - 2002
Rockhurst High School
Past Positions1 - 9 of 9
United States Senate, Missouri
2019 - Current
Attorney General
State of Missouri
2017 - 2019
Missouri Liberty Project
2014 - 2015
Of Counsel
Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
2011 - 2015
Associate Professor
University of Missouri School of Law
2011 - Current
Hogan Lovells, United States Limited Liability Company
2008 - 2011
Judicial Clerk
Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts, United States Supreme Court
2007 - 2008
Judicial Clerk
Judge Michael W. McConnell, United States 10th Circuit Court of Appeals
2006 - 2007
Former Teacher
Saint Paul's School, London
Other Experience1 - 6 of 6
Former President
Federalist Society, Yale University
Supreme Court Bar
Former Chair
Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, United States Senate
Former Member
Special Committee on Aging, United States Senate