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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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