Jefferson City – State Representative Doug Beck (D-Affton), a member of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 562, has announced he will be seeking the Democratic nomination to run for State Senate in Missouri’s First State Senate District. The district is currently represented by State Senator Scott Sifton who is term limited and eying a 2020 bid for Missouri governor.
Beck, the Democratic House Labor Caucus Chair, said he believes the best way he can continue to stand up for the interests of working people is in the Missouri State Senate.
“An individual can make more of a difference as a state Senator where, with just 34 members, more time can be devoted to serious debate and finding areas of bi-partisan agreement where progress can be made,” Beck explained.
Beck said his service on the Affton School Board has allowed him to be an effective advocate for public education and preparing today’s young people for the jobs of tomorrow.
Beck also has been an outspoken defender of the middle-class and the rights of working men and women in the House.
“I also want to stand up to those who would ignore the will of the people. I will respect and defend the right of Missouri citizens to have their vote stand on initiatives and Constitutional amendments and not ignored or overturned by those in Jefferson City,” Beck said, referring to House members recent vote to ignore the open records component of the Clean Missouri constitutional amendment that was overwhelming approved by voters in November.
“I will continue to fight for openness and transparency in our government, for smart solutions, and promoting entrepreneurship and business startups,” Beck said.
Representative Beck was elected in November of 2016 and re-elected in 2018.
Beck served as a director of the Affton School Board for nine years, including two years as president. Beck is a 31-year member of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 562.
He and his wife, Marilyn, have been married for 34 years and are the parents of two children with three grandchildren. Born and raised in St. Louis County, Beck graduated from Lindbergh High School in 1983, and attended St. Louis Community College.