Tricia Derges

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

Capitol Perspectives: Punishment of legislators

BY: - February 19, 2021

Missouri history provides a fascinating contrast to the US House vote to remove Rep. Marjorie Greene, R-Georgia, from committee assignments. Unlike Greene, similar disciplinary actions in Missouri against members have avoided a partisan split and required a simple action by the leader of the legislator’s own party. Currently, Missouri has three House members who have […]

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 […]

Missouri House Speaker calls on indicted lawmaker to resign

BY: - February 3, 2021

A southwest Missouri lawmaker indicted on charges of medical fraud and improperly prescribing narcotics should resign her seat, House Speaker Rob Vescovo said in a statement issued Wednesday afternoon. Vescovo, R-Arnold, stripped state Rep. Tricia Derges, R-Nixa, of her committee assignments on Monday afternoon, just a few hours after she was named in a 20-count […]

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 […]

Missouri Republican legislator indicted for fraud, illegal prescriptions

BY: - February 1, 2021

A freshman lawmaker from southwest Missouri was charged Monday in a 20-count federal indictment alleging she sold fake stem-cell treatments and illegally prescribed narcotics at her medical practice in Springfield. State Rep. Tricia Derges, R-Nixa, appeared Monday before Magistrate Judge David P. Rush, who released her without bail as she awaits a trial date. The […]