Dean Plocher

Missouri House tucks lawmakers cast out of caucuses into tiny offices

BY: - February 12, 2021

For most Missouri lawmakers, a fourth-floor office is about the best perch in the Capitol Building, absent a stint in the much larger offices of the legislative leadership. On the north side of the building there’s a panoramic view, with the Missouri River in the foreground framed against limestone bluffs a mile across the floodplain. […]

Indicted lawmaker claims University of Missouri faculty post in Florida filing

BY: - February 10, 2021

A state representative under federal indictment for medical fraud falsely claimed she had a faculty appointment at the University of Missouri when she applied for a medical license in Florida. State Rep. Tricia Derges, R-Nixa, facing 20 federal felony charges under an indictment unsealed on Feb. 1, has been licensed in Missouri as an assistant […]

Missouri House GOP boots indicted lawmaker out caucus, though she says she won’t resign

BY: - February 8, 2021

The House Republican Caucus voted Monday to eject a freshman lawmaker indicted Feb. 1 on 20 federal charges of medical fraud and improperly prescribing narcotics and amphetamines. The caucus wants state Rep. Tricia Derges, R-Nixa, to resign her seat, the House GOP leadership said in a joint statement from Speaker Rob Vescovo, R-Arnold, Speaker Pro […]

With Affordable Care Act in danger, Missouri GOP push pre-existing conditions shield

BY: - February 8, 2021

It’s been nearly three months since Rep. Brenda Shields was diagnosed with COVID-19, but her lung issues still persist. Shields said she feels her condition improving every day, but she still has difficulty breathing — especially when she exerts even a small amount of energy. Lawmakers are concerned the pandemic will add to the more […]

Indicted Missouri lawmaker stripped of committee assignments

BY: - February 2, 2021

State Rep. Tricia Derges became the third member of the Missouri House with no committee assignments following her indictment on federal medical fraud charges. The punishment was meted out to the freshman lawmaker quietly by House Republican leadership. There was no public statement about the decision, only notes in Monday’s House Journal that Speaker Rob […]

The Missouri House floor for the 2019 State of the State address.

COVID cases force shutdown of Missouri House

BY: - January 14, 2021

The Missouri House of Representatives will not meet next week because of an outbreak of COVID-19 in the Capitol Building, Republican leaders announced Thursday evening. Without giving details, House Speaker Rob Vescovo, R-Arnold, Speaker Pro Tem John Wiemann, R-O’Fallon, and Majority Floor Leader Dean Plocher, R-St. Louis, issued a statement about the decision. The Senate […]

The Missouri House floor for the 2019 State of the State address.

Missouri lawmakers return to tackle Medicaid, education, budget amid COVID

BY: - January 5, 2021

With COVID-19 continuing to spread across the state, Missouri lawmakers convene at noon on Wednesday to begin the 101st General Assembly. It is certain to be a session like no other.  Questions surrounding the state budget, funding for roads and bridges, education, local control and a myriad of other issues are on the agenda. But […]

Who is Dean Plocher, the new Missouri House majority leader?

BY: - January 1, 2021

When Dean Plocher was sworn in as a member of the Missouri House for the first time in January 2016, all of his fellow Republican colleagues had been in office for at least a year already.  Just two months earlier, Plocher had won a special election to fill a vacant seat representing parts of St. […]

Missouri House leadership vow investigation into allegations of abuse against Rick Roeber

BY: - November 10, 2020

Accusations against a Republican elected to the legislature last week that he physically and sexually abused his children must be investigated to determine whether he will be allowed to serve in office, GOP House leaders said in a joint statement released on Tuesday. On Monday, the adult children of Rick Roeber wrote a letter to […]