Politically Speaking: Rep. Dogan On Corralling Lobbyists, Shrinking Cities & Rethinking Pot Crimes | St. Louis Public Radio

Politically Speaking: Rep. Dogan On Corralling Lobbyists, Shrinking Cities & Rethinking Pot Crimes

Feb 10, 2015

On this week’s episode of Politically Speaking, St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel, Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum welcome state Rep. Shamed Dogan to the podcast for the first time. 

Credit Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

  Dogan, R-Ballwin, is a Northwoods native who worked in Washington, D.C. after graduating from Yale University. Among other things, Dogan worked for former U.S. Sen. Jim Talent, R-Mo., and the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

When he returned to the St. Louis area, Dogan unsuccessfully ran for a state rep seat in west county. He later joined the Ballwin Board of Aldermen, where he tried to institute a body camera program and criticized gifts given to the town’s city administrator.

Last year, Dogan won a three-way Republican primary for an open House seat – which is tantamount to election since no Democratic candidate ran. Dogan became the first African-American Republican elected to the Missouri General Assembly since the late Sherman Parker won a St. Charles-based seat in the 2000s. He is the only GOP member of the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus.

During the show, Dogan said:

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