One of the Missouri Senate’s few remaining lawyers said Monday that he plans to seek the Democratic nomination for attorney general in 2016.
Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, is an attorney with Husch Blackwell in St. Louis. He was elected to the Senate in 2012 and had previously served a term in the Missouri House.
“I pledge that as Attorney General, I will work to make Missouri safer for every family, consumer, community and business,” he said in a press release.
Sifton’s announcement pits him against fellow Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia and an attorney at Lathrop & Gage, who is seeking the Republican nomination for the office. Another senator, Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale and also at Lathrop, plans to run for state treasurer in 2016.
As a result, the Missouri Senate two years from now could have just a single attorney member: Sen. Joe Keaveny, D-St. Louis, who was elected last week to a second four-year term.
As Missouri Lawyers Weekly reported this week, the four lawyer-senators now in the Senate marks an all-time low number, according to information provided by The Missouri Bar.