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Lawyer , politician , Member of the Missouri House of Representatives , member of the State Senate of Missouri , List of lieutenant governors of Missouri

Joe Maxwell is an American attorney who served as the 45th Lieutenant Governor for the state of Missouri.


Joseph E. Maxwell was born on St. Patricks Day 1957 in Kirksville, Missouri and grew up on a farm near Rush Hill in rural Audrain County, Missouri.


Maxwell earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Mizzou in 1986, and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri School of Law in 1990.


Farmer, Rush Hill, Missouri, 1976-1978. Partner, operator Maxwell Service, Laddonia, 1978-1984. Rural mail carrier United States Postal Service, Rush Hill, 1980-1984.

Outstate field coordinator Travis Morrison's Campaign for State Auditor, Missouri, 1986. Missouri state field coordinator Richard Gephardt for President, 1986-1987. Atty, private practice Mexico, Missouri, 1992—2001.

Member Missouri House Representatives, 1990-1994, Missouri State Senate, 1995—2001. Lieutenant governor State of Missouri, Jefferson City, 2001—2005. Member Senate Appropriations, Judiciary, Labor and Industrial Relations, Public Health and Welfare committees.

Vice chair Elections, Corrections, and Veterinary's Affairs committees. Chair Commerce and Environment Committee.


  • In 1994 Maxwell ran for and won election to the Missouri Senate representing the 18th District. He easily defeated Republican challenger James Lemon in 1998 to win reelection.


Member American Legion, since 1982, adjunct Post 510, 1982-1984. Member Young Democratic Clubs Missouri, since 1982, judicial council Young Democrats American, 1985, president, 1984-1987, 9th Congressional District chairman, 1982. Member Laddonia Baptist Church, since 1975, Sunday School teacher, 1990-1991, pulpit committee.

Board directors Handi-Shop Inc., Mexico, 1981-1984, chairman manufacturing and marketing committee, 1982-1984. Board directors Boy Scouts American Troop 94, 1980-1982. Member Moose, Junior Chamber of Commerce (Laddonia chapter president 1978-1979, coordinator Laddonia Area Blood Drive, coordinator Laddonia City Clean-up Day, chairman Mexico Soybean Festival 1989, chairman Lenten Breakfast 1990, Presidential award of honor 1979), Kappa Delta Pi, Golden Key National Honor Society.


Married Sarah Maxwell. Children: Megan, Shannon.

Robert E.

Molly B. Maxwell

Sarah Maxwell

Shannon Maxwell

Megan Maxwell