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Gary Nodler, American former state legislator. Member of National Rifle Association, National Association Retired Federal Employees, Monett Chamber of Commerce (former executive director), Farm Bureau, Joplin History Society, Joplin Rotary, American Legion.

Background

He was born in Champaign, Illinois raised in Neosho, Missouri, and attended Crowder College and Missouri Southern State University, where he received his B.A. degree in political science.

Education

Bachelor in Political Science, Missouri Southern State University, 1972. Doctor of Education (honorary), Missouri Western State University, 2007.

Career

He has served in the United States Army and in the Missouri National Guard. In 1985, he was selected as one of the Outstanding Young Men in America. He served as Congressman Gene Taylor's district staff director from 1973 to 1988.

He became a regional administrator of the Small Business Administration in 1989, serving through 1992. He served as staff for the Missouri Congressional delegation from 1997 through 2000. He was first elected to the Missouri State Senate in 2002.

Nodler wrote Senate Bill 55 elevating Missouri Southern State College to university status and renaming it Missouri Southern State University. He also authored Senate bill 389 which included the Lewis & Clark Discovery Initiative, providing capital improvements to Missouri higher education institutions, including $20 million to Missouri Southern State University for the school's new Health Sciences Building. He served as Assistant Majority Floor Leader and on the following committees: Appropriations-Chairman, Education-Chairman, Pensions/ Veterans' Affairs and General Laws, Joint Committee on Capital Improvements and Leases Oversight, Joint Committee on Education, Joint Committee on Government Accountability, Joint Committee on Legislative Research and Oversight-Chairman, Joint Committee on the Life Sciences Awards Presented to Senator Nodler: The Laborers’ Union of Missouri Missouri Laborers’ “Legislator of the Year” Award, 2003 Missouri Southern State University Outstanding Alumnus, 2003 Missouri Association for Career and Technical Education Legislative Recognition Award, 2005 Missouri Community College Association Distinguished Legislator Award, 2005 Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry "100% For Jobs" Award, 2005 American Institute of Architects Appreciation Award, 2006 and 2008 The Missouri Bar’s Legislative Award, 2007 Missouri Court Appointed Special Advocates Association Legislative Award, 2007 Missouri Society of Professional Engineers Legislator of Year Award, 2007 LIFT Missouri, Legislators For Literacy Award, 2008 Gateway Chapter of the Autism Society of America Certificate of Recognition, 2008 St. Louis Business Journal Legislative Award, 2008 Missouri Healthcare Association Senior Advocate of the Year, 2009 St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association Lewis & Clark Statesman Award, 2009 Judicial Conference of Missouri, Recognition for the Advancement of the Administration of Justice in Missouri, 2009 Missouri Association of Veterans Organizations Legislator of the Year, 2010.

Religion

He is a member of the First United Methodist Church, the American Legion, the National Rifle Association.

Membership

Member of National Rifle Association, National Association Retired Federal Employees, Monett Chamber of Commerce (former executive director), Farm Bureau, Joplin History Society, Joplin Rotary, American Legion.

Connections

Married Joncee Nodler. 1 child Justin.