Now in her 3rd term, Rep. Stacey Newman has represented the St. Louis County district since November 2009 when she was first elected to the Missouri State House. Her focus is on Equality and Justice: fighting for common sense gun violence prevention, reproductive justice, voter's rights, and equality rights.
One of her first tasks in office was resurrecting the House Progressive Caucus (dormant since 2002), which she chairs. Working closely with Progress Missouri, she re-energized the largest Democratic caucus into a powerhouse pushing back against the leadership’s extreme legislative agenda. In addition she founded and co-directs ProgressWomen.com, a national blog highlighting the "war on women".
Most recently Stacey introduced HB1397 to overwhelming national support, requiring gun purchasers in Missouri to follow similar abortion restrictions - including a 72 hour wait and a doctor's permission.
Stacey first became involved politically after the Columbine High School and Los Angeles day care shootings when her daughter, Sophie, then age 7, appeared on the national Rosie O'Donnell show in May 2000 talking about kids and guns. She has been a leader in the state in preventing gun violence since 2000 when Rep. Newman worked closely with Governor Holden and the Million Mom March for three years to stop Missouri's conceal and carry law. Stacey is part of the effort in Congress and state legislatures to pass universal firearm background checks, sponsoring the Missouri Background Check Bill.
Stacey also made national news in 2012 when she filed the anti-vasectomy bill fighting back against Missouri's War on Women. After being one of the “Silenced Seven” Democratic women who were ignored on the House Floor while standing 3 hours to speak during a birth control access debate, she decided to fight back. Her bill would require government interference for men who wish to have a vasectomy and garnered nationwide support.
Stacey is a consistent champion for women – defending attacks on reproductive rights, equal pay and violence against women in the legislature. She sponsors the Compassionate Assistance for Rape Emergencies/Birth Control Protections Act, the Pay Equity Bill and legislation requiring pharmacies to fill birth control. In 2011 Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster named Stacey to his statewide Domestic Violence Taskforce which culminated in new domestic violence statutes.
Since first elected, Stacey has been the leader in the legislature fighting voter suppression. Serving as the ranking Democratic member on the House Elections Committee, she is vocal and aggressive - fighting against yearly Republican efforts which would require photo identification and prevent over 250,000 registered Missourians from voting.
Prior to running for office, Rep. Newman was the Missouri Women’s Vote Director for the Democratic National Party and the Missouri Democratic Party. Stacey was also the founding member/executive director for both Harriett’s List PAC (named after Missouri's first woman Lt. Governor Harriett Woods) and the Missouri Women’s Coalition PAC – both dedicated to electing progressive women to legislative office and influencing the women’s vote.
Her first career was with Trans World Airlines for 14 years working as an inflight service manager out of St. Louis, Chicago and New Orleans on domestic and international flights before taking an early retirement in 1992. Stacey lives in Richmond Heights with her husband, Burt Newman, an attorney in Clayton. Their family includes Sophie, now a graduate student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City; two sons and four grandchildren.