Democrat — MO 2nd District

About John Messmer

John Messmer was born on March 20th, 1967 in St. Louis, Missouri. His parents and older brother were German immigrants who came to America in 1955 and settled in the Soulard neighborhood in St. Louis City.

John’s family came to America with $600 in their pockets and $1000 in debt. But hard work and union jobs helped John’s parents move into the middle class where they raised two sons. John’s parents proudly became U.S. citizens in 1960.

John grew up in the Boulevard Heights neighborhood of St. Louis and attended Our Lady of Sorrows grade school.  He graduated from Bishop DuBourg High School in 1985. He attended Parks College of St. Louis University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering in 1988.

Soon after graduation, John was hired by the McDonnell-Douglas Corporation as an assistant engineer in the F-15E program.  When the cold war ended less than two years later, John’s job and the jobs of many others in the defense industry were eliminated.

John returned to college and entered the graduate program in political science at the University of Missouri – Columbia.  He earned a Master’s degree in political science in 1993 and a PhD in political science in 2001                                            .

While living in central Missouri, John worked for a time as a researcher and bill drafter in the office of Senate research in the Missouri State Capitol. The experience provided John with a front-row seat to state government in general, and the legislative process in particular.

Congressional and legislative politics was also the focus of John’s political science research. American politics was the main concentration of his graduate studies, and Congress was the subject of his doctoral dissertation.

John taught American government for a year at Illinois State University before moving back to St. Louis to take a job at the East-West Gateway Council of Governments. There, John managed the public policy division and worked closely on a variety of issues with local, state, and federal officials. This gave John a deep understanding and appreciation of the issues facing the region. It also exposed him to what worked and what didn’t work in America’s federal structure.

After returning to St. Louis, John became active in local Democratic politics. He served for years as vice-president of the Concord Township Democratic Club and served briefly as the Democratic Committeeman for Concord Township. In 2008, John was given the honor of serving as a Missouri alternate-delegate for Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention.

Pam, Lou, John, and Emily

Since 2002, John has been a full-time professor of political science at St. Louis Community College – Meramec. There, John has served on several committees and taught hundreds of students in American politics, constitutional issues, state and local politics, and international relations.

John has been married for the past 27 years to his wife Pam (née Ewald). Pam is a social worker in home health care for St. Anthony’s hospital. They have two children and live in the Lindbergh school district in south St. Louis County.

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