Legislator Wants Changes In Congressional Candidates Residency Requirements

Candidates for Congress in Missouri don’t have to live in the congressional district they’re running for. That would change under a bill in the Missouri House. The sponsor, Republican Aaron McMullen of Independence, told the House Elections Committee that it makes sense to require in-district residency:

McMullen pointed out that some candidates running to replace Blaine Luetkemeyer in the Third Congressional District don’t live there. No one testified against the bill, but one committee member suggested that someone who grew up in one congressional district but now lives in another should not be barred from running in the district he or she grew up in. A vote has not been scheduled yet, and there are just over four weeks left in this year’s legislative session.