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

State Rep. Shamed Dogan, R-Ballwin
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio
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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. 

  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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Follow Shamed Dogan on Twitter: @shamed4rep

Jason is the politics correspondent for St. Louis Public Radio.
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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