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Tommy Sowers’ bio from his campaign web site:

A proven leader ready to fight for the 8th District

A fourth-generation Missourian, Tommy was born and raised in Rolla where his family has lived since his grandfather started the local newspaper. Educated in the public school system, he graduated Rolla High School.

After going to Duke on an Army ROTC scholarship, Tommy began his 11 year career in the U.S. Army, commissioned in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He graduated Airborne, Air Assault, Ranger and Belgian Commando Schools. Tommy led a combat engineering platoon in Kosovo and represented the 1st Infantry Division in the Best Ranger Competition.

Following graduate studies at the London School of Economics as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar for Missouri District 6080, Tommy attended the Special Forces Qualification Course graduating 1st in his class. At 10th Special Forces Group, Tommy led a team of Green Berets. In two deployments to Iraq, he conducted a wide range of counterinsurgency operations and was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and two Bronze Stars.

Tommy most recently served as an Assistant Professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point.  He is currently teaching in the History and Political Science Department at the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla.

Tommy knows how to lead, knows how to win and understands how to successfully accomplish difficult missions.  Tommy is proud of his Missouri roots and knows a common-sense approach to solving problems is what the 8th District’s hardworking people deserve from their leaders.

Previous election results in the 8th Congressional District:

Official Election Returns

State of Missouri General Election  – 2008 General Election

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

As announced by the Board of State Canvassers

on Tuesday, December 02, 2008

U.S. Representative – District 8 – Summary

Precincts Reporting 476 of 476

Emerson, Jo Ann REP 198,798 71.4%

Allen, Joe DEM 72,790 26.2%

McCullough, Branden C. LIB 4,443 1.6%

Smith, Richard L. CST 2,257 .8%

Total Votes   278,288

Official Election Returns

State of Missouri General Election  – November 2006 – General Election

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

As announced by the Board of State Canvassers

on Wednesday, November 29, 2006

U.S. Representative – District 8 – Summary

Precincts Reporting 492 of 492

Emerson, Jo Ann REP 156,164 71.6%

Hambacker, Veronica J. DEM 57,557 26.4%

McCullough, Branden C. LIB 4,268 2.0%

Total Votes   217,989

Official Election Returns

State of Missouri General Election

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

As announced by the Board of State Canvassers

on Wednesday, December 01, 2004

U.S. Representative – District 8 – Summary

Precincts Reporting 521 of 521

Henderson, Dean DEM 71,543 26.6%

Emerson, JoAnn REP 194,039 72.2%

Cuff, Stan LIB 1,810 .7%

Davidson, Leonard J. CST 1,319 .5%

Total Votes   268,711

And there’s all kinds of information at the Federal Election Commission on past contributions to Jo Ann Emerson.