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Cunningham swiftly adjusts to new map, announces in new 27th

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 2, 2011 - Missouri state Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, has made it official that she will run for re-election in 2012 -- but in a new district, the 27th. Cunningham's current 7th District is moving to St. Charles and Lincoln counties under the new redistricting map unveilled by a judicial commission this week. Cunningham's new targeted district -- to be moved from elsewhere in the state -- will include much of Chesterfield, Clarkson Valley, Ellisville, Eureka and Arnold.

Cunningham is seeking her second four-year term. She previously served eight years in the Missouri House.

In a statement, Cunningham said she was enthusiastic about the new district. "It's an honor and a privilege to serve the people of Missouri," Cunningham said. "I look forward to continuing my record of common sense conservative leadership in the new 27th  Senate District. Through my legislation including the first rejection of Obamacare in the entire nation (Proposition C), we've made great strides, but there is still much more work to be done. I will continue to fight back against out of control spending, job killing taxation, and encroachments upon our freedoms from politicians here and in Washington, D.C."

State Rep. Tim Jones, R-Eureka and the next House speaker, swiftly endorsed Cunningham. So did former state Rep. Allen Icet, R-Wildwood.

Said Jones:  "I have enjoyed working with Senator Jane Cunningham on numerous pieces of legislation but we have much left to accomplish. With that in mind, I wholeheartedly endorse Senator Jane Cunningham for the new 27th Senatorial District.

Said Icet: "Without reservation I endorse Jane Cunningham for the new State Senate District. She is a capable and responsive leader that will serve the people of Wildwood and the new 27th Senate District very well," said Icet.

Cunningham is best known for her leading role in the successful August 2010 passage of Proposition C, which seeks to exempt Missouri from many of the new federal health care changes and mandates.

Jo Mannies has been covering Missouri politics and government for almost four decades, much of that time as a reporter and columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the first woman to cover St. Louis City Hall, was the newspaper’s second woman sportswriter in its history, and spent four years in the Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau. She joined the St. Louis Beacon in 2009. She has won several local, regional and national awards, and has covered every president since Jimmy Carter. She scared fellow first-graders in the late 1950s when she showed them how close Alaska was to Russia and met Richard M. Nixon when she was in high school. She graduated from Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana, and was the daughter of a high school basketball coach. She is married and has two grown children, both lawyers. She’s a history and movie buff, cultivates a massive flower garden, and bakes banana bread regularly for her colleagues.

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