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politician , Member of the Missouri House of Representatives

Mike Colona, American state legislator. Board member St. Louis Effort for Aids; ex-officio board member Grand Oak Hills Neighborhood Association; Member of Missouri Association Trial Attorneys, Truman State University Alumni Association (president).

Background

Colona, Mike was born in 1969 in St. Louis.

Education

Bachelor in Political Science, Truman State University. Juris Doctor, St. Louis University Law School.

Career

Before redistricting, Colona represented the 67th district. Colona currently represents the 80th district, which is centered on the Tower Grove South area within the city of St. Louis. Colona also serves as the House Minority Whip for the 96th General Assembly.

He is a 1987 graduate of Fox High School in Arnold, Missouri. A lawyer in private practice, he specializes in personal injury, worker’s compensation and some first amendment cases. Colona has also served as an adjunct professor of criminal justice for the University of Missouri - St. Louis.

He is one of three openly LGBT legislators in Jefferson City, alongside Sen. Jolie Justus (D–Kansas City) and Rep. Jeanette Mott Oxford (D–St Louis).

In August 2008 Colona defeated four other Democratic challengers in the primary to replace term-limited Representative Mike Daus. No Republican ran for the seat so Colona was unopposed in the November 2008 general election. Board member, St. Louis Effort for AIDS. Ex officio board member Grand Oak Hills Neighborhood Association.

Past President, Truman State University Alumni Association. Member, Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys. Doing so, he said “ is not the innocuous, bipartisan organization it purports to be.

Their agenda is radical and wrong for Missouri.”.

Achievements

  • Colona is openly gay and both his 2008 and 2010 campaigns won the support of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. Colona won with nearly 43 percent of the vote. In the 2010 general election Colona handily defeated Republican challenger Curtis Farber with 82-percent of the vote to win a second term.

Membership

Board member St. Louis Effort for Aids. Ex-officio board member Grand Oak Hills Neighborhood Association. Member of Missouri Association Trial Attorneys, Truman State University Alumni Association (president).