Who is Chris Hager?
I am a life-long Missourian and long-time resident of Lee's Summit who takes pride in what our communities have accomplished. At the same time, I recognize the potential we have to make our families and neighborhoods even stronger by working together and working for each other.
As the son of a career police chief and career school teacher, I grew up learning the value of hard work and compassion in service to the community. For our government that means a responsibility to work for the benefit of people wherever they live, from rural agricultural hubs to metro areas. My hopes for a stronger Missouri include:
- Adequate funding and support for our public schools
- Quality, affordable healthcare made available to everyone
- Safe, inclusive communities in which we are proud to raise our families
- A fair, transparent democratic process that empowers us as citizens to select and engage with a government that represents us.
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Every child should have access to free, quality public education regardless of their zip code. No public schoolteacher should have to spend out-of-pocket to stock their classroom, or ask for donations from the families of their students. As your representative, I will work to strengthen our public schools and fully fund our commitment to our kids.
I believe funding and support should be prioritized for public school systems with their guarantee of a desk for every child, rather than charter schools which fail their promise of open attendance by resorting to a lottery system. I oppose charter school expansion, and all charter schools in operation should be accountable to the elected school boards of the communities they serve.
Quality career preparation is more vital today than ever. I support investment in higher education and workforce training, to ensure all Missourians have the opportunity to gain the skills to compete in our economy.
Quality, accessible, and affordable healthcare is every Missourian’s right. I believe the American healthcare system should continue to evolve, to put the health of patients over the profits of the healthcare industry.
Every year Missouri families must make increasingly difficult decisions for how they prioritize spending on prescription drugs and medical bills over the basic costs of living. As your state representative I’ll support common sense measures like expanding Medicaid, so no Missourian is forced to choose between bankruptcy and healthcare.
The decision to have an abortion is intensely personal and the reasons are unique to every individual. As such, no one--including the government--can restrict a person from the right to make decisions about their body and their life. Despite this, Republicans have passed legislation in recent years that are effectively abortion bans, limiting access to abortion even in cases of rape, incest, or medical need.
At the same time, mothers are dying from childbirth in Missouri at a higher rate than most other states. These numbers are even more concerning among minorities. Instead of promoting unbiased quality healthcare and ensuring access to effective contraceptive and safe abortion services, Missouri legislators have placed burdensome restrictions on all fronts.
As your state rep, I will fight to preserve the right of women to make the best decisions about their healthcare for their own lives. I will also fight to provide mothers better care both before and after birth.
Every year for the past two decades, the Missouri Non-Discrimination Act (MONA) has been filed, only to be blocked by Republicans. MONA would allow basic protections to our LGBTQ community by adding sexual orientation and gender identity to Missouri’s Human Rights Act.
Missourians should not have to fear losing their jobs or being denied housing for who they love—discrimination that is currently completely legal in our state.
Republicans in recent years have undermined these protections by passing legislation that makes it easier for employers, landlords or businesses to discriminate based on race, age, religion or gender—more so than in any other state.
Missouri is stronger when it welcomes people regardless of race, religion, gender, age or sexual orientation, and I believe in protecting all people from discrimination.
Responsible Gun Ownership
My father raised my brother and I from a young age to respect the capability of firearms, and trained us on how to operate and store them safely. When I bought my own handgun and began going to the shooting range I learned that many gun owners are not given this same foundational training.
I believe the 2nd Amendment provides Americans the right to legally own firearms. But I also believe in an adequate standard of training and responsible ownership. As a gun owner, I support legislation that would establish these standards to ensure that gun owners exercise their right with confidence and an understanding of the responsibility they bear.
In 2017 Missouri legislators dropped qualification and permit requirements for concealed carry. Based on what I've witnessed at the range, the lack of a minimum training standard makes us less safe. I support qualifying standards and permitting for open and concealed carry. The state can coordinate with local shooting ranges to provide training and qualification, providing economic benefit for these businesses. This training should include secure storage education as well, to lower the rate of domestic violence, suicide, and accidents involving firearms.
I support comprehensive background checks that include auctions and private sales to close off avenues of illegal sales. It's not only possible for gun owners to own and carry more safely without violating our 2nd Amendment rights; it's imperative.