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The 55th and current Governor of the U.S. state of Missouri, serving since 2009.
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Jeremiah Wilson "Jay" Nixon (born February 13, 1956 in De Soto, Missouri) is the 55th and current Governor of the U.S. state of Missouri. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served as Missouri's Attorney General before his election in 2008. Nixon holds both an undergraduate degree and a law degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia.

 

Political career

He made his first bid for statewide office in 1988, an unsuccessful effort to oust incumbent U.S. Senator John Danforth. Nixon was defeated by Danforth, winning 32% of the vote compared to Danforth's 68%. Nixon was first elected as Missouri's Attorney General on November 3, 1992, on a platform of fighting crime, cleaning up government corruption, and protecting consumers and the environment. Nixon followed William L. Webster as Attorney General. The 1992 race for Attorney General between Nixon and former State House Minority Leader David Steelman was especially heated; however Nixon beat Steelman 51% to 45%, with an unusually high 4% of the votes going to the Libertarian candidate.

 

Nixon was re-elected as Attorney General by a wide margin in 1996, and in 1998 he again made an unsuccessful run for U.S. Senate, this time losing to incumbent Republican Kit Bond. In 2000 and 2004 Nixon was again re-elected as Attorney General, both times by similarly wide margins.

 

Assassination attempt

On September 14, 2010 Casey Brezik, who was 22 at the time, stabbed Metropolitan Community College dean Al Dimmit Jr. in a hallway by a lectern where Nixon was to speak about a half hour later at the Penn Valley College campus in Kansas City's Penn Valley Park. In the scuffle College Chancellor Mark James wrestled with Brezik and was also nicked. According to press reports Brezik told police that he thought he had stabbed Nixon. Brezik had worn a bulletproof vest to school. Press reports indicate Brezik had an anarchist symbol tattooed on his right hand and a star, hammer and sickle tattooed on his left hand. Nixon, who was at Kansas City Downtown Airport en route to the engagement canceled the appearance. Nixon returned to the campus on September 24.

 

Penn Valley College incident

On September 14, 2010, a 22-year-old Metropolitan Community College (MCC-KC) student who suffered from schizophrenia slashed the throat of MCC-KC Dean Al Dimmit Jr., who survived the attack, in a hallway by the computer lab near where Nixon was to speak about a half hour later at the Penn Valley College campus in Kansas City's Penn Valley Park. In the scuffle College Chancellor Mark James wrestled with Casey Brezik and was also nicked. Brezik told police that he thought he had stabbed Nixon. Brezik had worn a bulletproof vest to school. Press reports indicate Brezik had an anarchist symbol tattooed on his right hand and a star, hammer and sickle tattooed on his left hand. Nixon, who was at Kansas City Downtown Airport en route to the engagement canceled the appearance. Nixon returned to the college at a different campus on September 24.

 

 

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