New attorney general has local ties to Warren County

Andrew Bailey was assistant prosecutor before joining state gov

By Jason Hancock, Missouri Independent
Posted 12/2/22

Andrew Bailey, a former Warren County assistant prosecutor serving as a top staff member for Governor Mike Parson, will be Missouri’s next attorney general.

Bailey, 41, who has served as …

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New attorney general has local ties to Warren County

Andrew Bailey was assistant prosecutor before joining state gov

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Andrew Bailey, a former Warren County assistant prosecutor serving as a top staff member for Governor Mike Parson, will be Missouri’s next attorney general.

Bailey, 41, who has served as general counsel for Gov. Parson for the last year, will replace Attorney General Eric Schmitt, who was elected to the U.S. Senate in November. Bailey will complete Schmitt’s term, which ends in 2024.

Parson made the announcement on the morning of Nov. 23.

According to the governor’s office, Bailey has roughly eight years of professional experience as an attorney, including stints working as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Warren County and as an assistant attorney general. His previous jobs in the Parson administration were as deputy general counsel for the governor and general counsel for the Missouri Department of Corrections.

He is an Army veteran that was awarded two Army Achievement medals, an Army Commendation medal, a Combat Action badge and two Bronze Star medals for his service.

Bailey has never held elected office.

“My entire career has been defined by public service,” Bailey said. “Now, I’m ready to continue that service as your Attorney General, where I will work tirelessly to earn your trust and never stop fighting on your behalf.”

Bailey has been Parson’s top choice for the job all along. The governor spoke with other potential candidates — former U.S. Attorney Tim Garrison, Cole County Judge Chris Limbaugh, former state Sen. Kurt Schaefer and state Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer — but never wavered from Bailey.

On Nov. 23, Bailey pushed back on any suggestion he doesn’t have the needed experience to be attorney general.

“I’m battle tested and I am ready for this job,” Bailey said.

Parson said one of his top considerations on who to appoint was stability in the office that has seen the last two incumbents leave for higher office.

“Stability was critical when considering the next attorney general,” Parson said.

Bailey vowed to run for the office in two years.

Parson said Bailey was critical to much of the governor’s agenda over the last few years, pointing specifically at efforts to “end elective abortions in Missouri” and “strengthen the Second Amendment protections.”

He also gave Bailey credit for efforts the governor’s office has made to close over 2,000 clemency files and fill more than 100 judicial openings.

Bailey’s appointment marks the second time Parson has selected a new attorney general.

Schmitt got the job in 2018, after then-Attorney General Josh Hawley was elected to the Senate.

“Few Missouri governors have had the opportunity and responsibility to appoint an attorney general on the behalf of the people of Missouri once, let alone twice,” Parson said.

Andrew Bailey, Attorney General, Prosecutor

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