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Sifton announces run for attorney general


Scott Sifton

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.