Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon became governor of Missouri on January 11, 2009

After practicing law for several years, Nixon was elected to the Missouri State Senate in 1986. He was first elected the state’s attorney general in 1992 and served four terms. In 2000, as a result of a settlement with one of Missouri’s largest insurance companies, he helped found the Missouri Foundation for Health, which provides health care services to needy Missourians throughout the state.

As governor, he has implemented efficiency measures that have saved taxpayers millions of dollars and has worked with the legislature to pass several jobs and economic development bills, a bill mandating insurance coverage for autism and tougher DWI laws, among other measures.

Nixon received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Missouri. He and his wife Georganne have two sons.