98th General Assembly, 1st Regular Session
Emerging Issues, Chairman
Conference Committee on SCS HB 152, Chairman
Interim Committee on Missouri State High School Activities Association, Vice-Chairman
Joint Committee on Missouri's Promise
Select Committee on General Laws
Government Oversight and Accountability
MO House of Representatives
201 West Capitol Avenue
Jefferson City MO 65101
Rep. Elijah Haahr, a Republican, represents south central Springfield (District 134) in the Missouri House of Representatives. Elijah was elected to his first term in November of 2012.
In addition to his legislative duties, Elijah is an attorney with Lathrop Gage and focuses his practice on workers’ compensation and civil litigation. He is licensed to practice in Missouri and Oklahoma.
Prior to law school, Elijah grew up in southwest Missouri. He attended Ozarks Technical Community College and was a member of the National Dean’s List and Phi Theta Kappa. After graduating from OTC with honors in 2002, Elijah received an academic scholarship to attend Missouri Western State University. He served as MWSU’s Student Body President, received two bachelor’s degrees, and was a member of the Honor’s Program. He also was a founding father of the Epsilon Omicron chapter of the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity and served as the first President. In 2004, he was awarded the Frank Hargear award given annually to recognize Alpha Sigma Phi’s most outstanding national undergraduate. He graduated Cum Laude from MWSU in 2005.
Elijah attended the University of Missouri School of Law on academic scholarship and graduated with honors in 2008. At MU, he served as Editor in Chief of the Environmental Law Review and represented MU at the regional level in Mock Trial and Moot Court competitions. In 2007, he served as the National Student Representative for the ABA’s Appellate Advocacy competition. Upon graduation, he was awarded the Order of Barristers as one of the top 10 oral advocates in his graduating class.
Elijah lives in Springfield with his wife, Amanda, and four children, Jackson, Reagan, Scarlett and Alexandra. He remains active in the local community as a member (and former President) of the Springfield Jaycees, and the Springfield Chamber of Commerce Government Relations Committee. He is a member of the National Rifle Association. In 2010, he was selected as one of 417 Magazine’s 20 under 30 for his work in the community, in 2013, for Springfield Business Journal's 40 under 40, and in 2015 he was named the Ozarks Technical Community College distinguished alumni.
Changes the vote required to pass a statewide ballot measure from a majority vote to sixty percent of the votes cast
Creates the Student Freedom of Association Act
Expands the crime of sexual trafficking of a child to include advertising a child participating in a commercial sexual act
Changes the laws regarding medical records of deceased patients
Changes the laws regarding custody and visitation rights of a father who attempted to coerce the mother of his child to obtain an abortion
Allows home school students to participate in Missouri State High School Activities Association activities for the public school district in which they reside
Reauthorizes provisions regarding intervention pain management
Establishes the Civil Justice Funding Model Act
Establishes the Civil Litigation Funding Act
Establishes the Missouri Civics Education Initiative
Modifies provisions required to be in nuisance abatement ordinances enacted by municipalities and counties
Creates the Human Trafficking Task Force
Proposes a constitutional amendment to change the vote required to pass a constitutional amendment from a majority vote to sixty percent of the votes cast
Proposes a constitutional amendment specifying that parents have a fundamental right to educate their children