Missouri State Attorney General

Chris Koster was sworn in as the 41st Attorney General of the state of Missouri on January 12th, 2009. In his first two years as Attorney General, Koster has focused efforts on detecting and prosecuting Medicaid fraud, pursuing mortgage-relief and debt-settlement scams, cracking down on fraudulent auto service contract businesses, using Missouri’s legal authority to protect our water resources, and educating young people about Internet safety.

The Attorney General also has made educating public officials about the Sunshine Law a priority of his office. Koster created the first full-time position of Sunshine Law educator to travel to every county in Missouri giving presentations and seminars to state, county and municipal agencies on Missouri’s open meetings and records law.

Through the office’s Consumer Division, Koster is working to focus efforts on the biggest threats to consumers. Early in his term, as the state and nation were deep in a housing-foreclosure crisis, the Attorney General demanded a “zero tolerance” campaign against businesses that promised foreclosure relief without delivering services, as well as against businesses that used deceptive practices to entice consumers to refinance. The Attorney General also is aggressively targeting businesses that violate Missouri’s no-call list, pursuing substantial penalties against them.

Before his election as Attorney General, Koster represented the 31st district in the Missouri Senate from 2004 to 2008, which covers Cass, Johnson, Bates and Vernon counties.

During his time in the General Assembly, Koster played key roles in the debates over stem cell research, tort reform, and the elimination of Medicaid fraud. Additionally, in 2006 Koster successfully carried legislation in the Senate to dramatically overhaul Missouri’s eminent domain laws.

Prior to his election to the Missouri Senate in 2004, Koster served as Prosecuting Attorney of Cass County, Missouri for ten years. He was first elected prosecutor in 1994 and was subsequently re-elected in 1998 and 2002 by wide margins. As prosecutor, Koster supervised a staff of twenty individuals dedicated to enforcing Missouri’s criminal laws in Cass County. Additionally, his office served as the civil counsel for all non-criminal matters before the county government.

During his tenure, Koster supervised litigation in approximately 20,000 cases. He led investigations into many of Kansas City’s most notorious criminal cases, including the investigation against serial killer John E. Robinson. He has developed extensive trial experience and has argued and won cases before the Missouri Supreme Court. He played a leading role in the construction of the Cass County Justice Center, which opened in 2002 in Harrisonville.

Koster is active in his community. He has served on the Missouri Sentencing Advisory Commission and our state’s Bioterrorism Task Force. Additionally, Koster has served as a director of the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, a member of the U.S. Attorney’s Anti-Terrorism Task Force and director of the Hope Haven Women’s Shelter. In 2002, Ingram’s Magazine named Koster “one of Kansas City’s most influential citizens under 40 years old.” In 2004, the Kansas City Business Journal named Koster to its list of Kansas City’s best attorneys. On multiple occasions, he has been included among Missouri’s most influential lawyers by Missouri Lawyers Weekly.

Prior to becoming prosecuting attorney, Koster practiced law with the Kansas City law firm of Blackwell Sanders from 1993 to 1994. He also served as a Missouri Assistant Attorney General from 1991 to 1993.

Koster was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. After graduating from St. Louis University High School in 1982, he received a liberal arts degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 1987 and his law degree from University of Missouri – Columbia School of Law in 1991. Additionally, Koster earned a Masters in Business Administration from Washington University – St. Louis in 2002.

“The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility is there to act as a reminder to young people that there are major consequences for irresponsible decisions,” says Koster. “They have done an incredible job in getting the message out to young people.” We invite you to learn more about Attorney General Chris Koster and his work.

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