Following the announcement by Seven District Congressman Roy Blunt that he would seek the U.S. Senate seat held by retiring Missouri Senior Senator Christopher Bond, 29th District State Senator Jack Goodman declared his intentions on Friday to succeed Blunt as the local representative in Congress.
Goodman held a whirlwind tour on the district over the weekend, making his announcement. On Friday, he spoke at the Candlewood Suites Conference Room in Joplin, the Mount Vernon City Hall Council Chamber, the Discovery Center in Springfield, the Comfort Inn Conference Room in Branson, and Crane High School.
On Saturday, he spoke at Simon B's in Bolivar, and the Chamber of Commerce office in Ozark. Today, he had engagements scheduled at Aunt Kathy's Cookies and More in Cassville, the McDonald County Courthouse in Pineville, and the Civic Auditorium in Neosho.
Goodman has been in the State Senate since 2005, when he won the special election to succeed the late Larry Gene Taylor. Prior to that, he served in the Missouri House representing Lawrence County, winning election in 2001. A Pierce City native and an attorney practicing in Mt. Vernon, Goodman unveiled his intent to run for public office at the 2001 Monett Christmas parade.
In a statement released with the announcement of his candidacy, Goodman declared, "Our nation is in need of leaders with the solid core principles on which our nation was founded and with which we live our lives every day in southwest Missouri. We need leaders whose values on the stump will be the same values they have under the full pressures of the Capitol. We need leaders with the skill set to implement these values in the workings of our federal government.
"Our current federal government seems to believe that the way back to prosperity and security in our nation is only to be found in the creation and growth of federal programs and unprecedented federal spending.
"In past elections, some of which were very hard fought, I have enjoyed strong support from the people of southwest Missouri. This has given me a profound sense of accountability in my service. I have worked hard in the Missouri House and Senate to make life better in southwest Missouri and across our state."
Goodman has a reputation as one of the best legal minds in the state legislature. He was instrumental in crafting tort reform legislation and the law establishing the Castle Doctrine, allowing the use of lethal force to protect one's home. Goodman is widely regarded as someone who is able to shape consensus on issues. When he ran for the State Senate seat, no Republican competed with him for the job, the same kind of unity Taylor achieved when he sought the post.
Goodman, his wife Laura, and sons, Jack Elliott Goodman and William True Goodman live in Mt. Vernon.