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02/28/2008 03:50 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

DNC Missouri Superdelegates

HuffPost's OffTheBus members produced these superdelegate profiles as part of its Superdelegate Investigation. You can find all profiles here.

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Doug Brooks, PhD

Joplin, Missouri

Basic Bio
* He was born in December 1944.
* Brooks has lived in Joplin, (Newton County), MO, since at least 1982. He opened a full-time private practice in psychology there.
* Brooks has served on Board of Governors at Missouri Southern State University (Joplin, MO) 2001-2007.
* From 1979-1994, he was director of the Clark Community Mental Health Center. Also consults for Elm Acres Youth Home and Police departments in Carthage and Neosho (MO).
* Married to Linda Brooks. http://www.senate.mo.gov/02info/journals/DAY51.htm
* Brooks served in the US Marine Corps.
* Has served on the Rural Electric Coop Board.
http://www.kintera.org/site/pp.asp?c=luI2LaPYG&b=106957

Involvement in the Democratic Party

* His first political activity was in the late 1950s, when he worked door-to-door on his father's city council campaign. http://www.kintera.org/site/pp.asp?c=luI2LaPYG&b=106957
* His first official involvement with the Democratic Party occurred in 1978, when he attended the Newton County Democratic Caucus in support of Jimmy Carter.
http://www.kintera.org/site/pp.asp?c=luI2LaPYG&b=106957
* Brooks, running as the sole Democrat, was defeated in the race for Missouri State Senate District 32 in 1998. http://www.mdn.org/1998/DATA/FILSEN.HTM
* Brooks has been a SuperDelegate to the Democratic National Convention from Missouri (2000, 2004). He was a regular elected delegate in 1988 and 1996.
http://www.news-leader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080208/NEWS06/802080378/1007/news01 and http://politicalgraveyard.com/bio/brooks.html - 0K00TFYTA
* Elected to DNC in 1996
* Elected to Democratic National Committee (2008)

Personal political interests and issues
* Frequently mentioned in conjunction with Dick Gephardt.

Involvement in 2008 election
* Member of Hillary Clinton Missouri Steering Committee
* Publicly committed to Sen. Clinton
* Quotation from St Louis Examiner, Feb 11, 2008: "Brooks, a psychologist, decided to back Clinton well before the Iowa caucuses and said he has no intention of changing his position, despite the request of several Obama surrogates who have prodded him since the primary. [Brooks later called this a "mischaracterization," since he has not really been contacted by anyone from Senator Obama's campaign.] Also said, "The reason we have automatic delegates is that the elected party leaders have a base of knowledge about the body politic," Brooks said. "The purpose of that is to have that stabilizing force. It wouldn't have mattered whether Clinton or Obama had one. I feel that my vote is an independent vote and it's designed to be that way."
* Brooks is quoted in an article in the Joplin News-Leader (Feb 8, 2008) as saying that SuperDelegates are free to vote for whomever they choose and can change their mind at any time,and that he supports Clinton but could change his vote if it appeared that Obama was going to win the nomination. [In an interview February 23 he denied saying "If Obama appeared to be going to win the nomination" in this interview with the News-Leader.] "My commitment to Clinton is not an obligation as it is with elected delegates.

Contributions to Candidates
* $250 to DNC (6/28/03).
* $500 to Missouri Democratic State Committee (6/24/03)
* $250 to Gephardt for President (6/28/03)
* $500 to Gephardt for President (9/08/03)
* $250 to Gephardt for President (12/29/03)
* $250 to Gephardt for President (12/09/03)
* $200 to Jeff Harris for Attorney General (D-MO) (6/12/07)

Family's Involvement in Politics, the Democratic Party
* His father had been an active precinct worker for the Democratic party, but that was the only family involvement other than his own. [Interview 2/23/08]

Previous Campaign Work
* Worked for Eugene McCarthy in Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas in 1968 when he was in college. [Interview 2/23/08]
* Unpledged DNC delegate in 2004. "In 2004, it didn't matter; the candidate was determined way before the convention." [Interview 2/23/08.]

Connections to Politicians, Leaders On State Level
* Apparent close relationship with former US Representative Richard (Dick) Gephardt (D-MO). [See campaign contributions above and frequent "same article" references to both he and Mr. Gephardt.]

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Mark Bryant

Missouri


Basic Bio
* Bryant is an attorney in Kansas City, Missouri. Is a partner in Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP
* 975 graduate of University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Law, after earning his Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Sociology at Central Missouri State University in 1972.
* Is a recipient of Thomas Dealy Trial Award.
* Bryant's practice areas include public law and policy strategies, real estate, public finance and government law, and advisory services. http://www.sonnenschein.com/attorneys/index.aspx?aid=0004568
* Bryant, who grew up in Kansas City, got his start in law as a Jackson County assistant public defender.
* Director of Douglass National Bank http://www.pitch.com/2000-03-30/news/former-councilman-promises-a-new-freedom-inc/


Political interests and issues
* Bryant has organized and represented community development corporations in connection with multi-family housing projects, Community Development Block Grants, Section 8 and tax-exempt and taxable bond financings
* Kansas City councilman from 1983 to 1991
* Has been appointed to several economic development boards and authorities including Tax Increment Financing Commission, Land Clearance For Redevelopment Authority, Economic Development Corporation.
* President of Freedom, Inc., the African-American political organization in Kansas City, Missouri http://www.sonnenschein.com/attorneys/index.aspx?aid=0004568
* Bryant is president of the Negro League Baseball Museum http://www.nlbm.com/s/board.htm


Involvement in the Democratic Party
* Member of the Democratic National Committee http://www.columbiamissourian.com/stories/2008/02/14/superdelegates-could-decide-dems-deadlock/
* Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 2004 http://politicalgraveyard.com/bio/bryan-bucciarelli.html#1AQ01QBJ5


Involvement in the 2008 Election
* Bryant has endorsed Barack Obama http://www.marshallnews.com/story/1310073.html Associated Press, February 6, 2008

Contributions to Candidates
* None noted for presidential candidates, contributes to local Democratic candidates and the Democratic Party

Family Background Do they come from a political family?
* Divorced from Kansas City Democratic Election Board Director Shelley McThomas in 2007 http://primebuzz.kcstar.com/?q=node/7881

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Robin Carnahan
St. Louis, Missouri

Basic Bio
* Robin was born in 1961 and grew up on a farm near Rolla, MO, only daughter of Mel (former MO Governor [1993-2000] and US Senate candidate killed in airplane crash in 2000) and (former US Senator) Jean Carnahan.
* Education: BA Economics from William Jewell College (1983, magna cum laude); JD University of VA (1986).
* Employment: Attorney with Thompson and Mitchell (now Thompson and Coburn) in St Louis, specializing in business and corporate law. Worked for National Democratic Institute in central & eastern Europe (1990-?). Executive at Export-Import Bank of the United States.
* Currently manages her family's farm and Angus cattle operation near Rolla while serving as MO Secretary of State.
* Married to Juan Carlos (of Colombia, SA).
* Brother Russ Carnahan is currently running for re-election from Missouri's 3rd Congressional District. Brother Tom Carnahan is president of Wind Capital Group, a wind energy development company.
* Robin announced in Feb 2006 that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer and that she would continue to serve as Secretary of State during her treatment. This has not been an issue in her re-election campaign.

Information in this section comes from http://www.carnahanformissouri.com/home/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Carnahan

Involvement in the Democratic Party
* Robin ran for Missouri Secretary of State in 2004, winning her first term by over 100,000 votes. She is currently a candidate for re-election to that office.
* Robin was elected to the DNC in 2007.

Information in this section comes from The Political Database.

Personal political interests and issues
* Encouraging small businesses by streamlining state paperwork
* Ensuring that elections are fair and that "every vote is counted."
* Developed an "Investors Bill of Rights" to protect Missourians from fraudulent investment scams. Active prosecution of scam artists in Missouri.
* Led 1999 Missouri statewide campaign against concealed carry referendum (Proposition B), which was narrowly defeated [NOTE: Asimilar proposal was adopted by state legislature over governor's veto in 2003].
* Robin successfully defended against Gov. Matt Blunt's (R-MO) attempt to move regulation of securities from Secretary of State's office to the Missouri Department of Insurance.

Involvement in 2008 election - campaign appearances, statements
* Robin is currently Missouri's Secretary of State (D) and she is running for re-election.
* She has not yet officially endorsed any candidate. Robin actively supports the party's candidates, but believes that due to her current elected office (Secretary of State) she should remain neutral during primaries.

Family's Involvement in Politics

* Robin is a 3rd generation "liberal Democrat" to hold elective office in Missouri, from a very active Democratic family.
* Her grandfather was a US Senator.
* Her father was Governor. He died in plane crash in 2000 while running a tight race against John Ashcroft for US Senator, which he won even though he was dead.
* Her father's death led led to her mother's appointment to the US Senate for one term.
* Her brother Russell is a US Representative from St Louis.
* Both her mother Jean and her brother Russ have supported Obama by appearing and speaking at a rally in Columbia, MO, but Robin has NOT declared any preference.

Connections to Politicians, Leaders On State Level
* Mel Carnahan (deceased), former Governor of Missouri.

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Sandy Querry

Missouri

Basic Bio
* Sandra A. Querry 2913 S.W. 13th St. Lee's Summit, MO 64081 http://www.pdamerica.org/tools/issues/DNCroster.pdf
* Additional information on Sandy Querry can be found at http://www.missouridems.org/2008DelegateSelection/caucuslocations.asp
* Querry, Sandra -- of Lee's Summit, Jackson County, Mo. Democrat. Member of Democratic National Committee from Missouri, 2004; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 2004. Female.
http://politicalgraveyard.com/bio/quackenbush-quigg.

Involvement in Democratic Party
* "When John Kerry got the Democratic nomination four years ago, it was settled long before he made his way through the convention for his acceptance speech. The superdelegates were at the convention, but the nomination fight was over.
* "It's been done. We'd just party. We had no decision to make," Missouri superdelegate Sandy Querry said.
* Querry isn't an elected official, but she goes to the convention because she's elected to the Democratic National Committee.
* Querry said she's voting for Sen. Hillary Clinton."
* "Some think superdelegates are a holdover of the days when deals were made behind the scenes. Even some superdelegates don't like the system.
* "It needs to be changed," Querry said."
* Information for this section comes from KMBC KANSAS CITY

Involvement in 2008 election - campaign appearances, statements
* Hillary Clinton raised cash at the Independence home of Democratic Stalwartz Keith and Sandy Querry:
PRIME BUZZ

Contributions to Candidates
* 2006 - $250 - Claire McKaskill gubernatorial campaign via McKaskill for MO
http://www.fec.gov/finance/disclosure/norindsea.shtml using search terms Querry, Sandy

Family's Involvement in Politics, the Democratic Party
* Husband is longtime member and labor leader of the IBEW local 53
http://www.ibew.org/articles/05journal/0510/transitions2.htm

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John Temporiti

DNC Chair Missouri

Elected Feb. 2007

Basic bio
* Attended St. Louis Prep South http://stlouis.bizjournals.com/stlouis/stories/2006/02/27/story8.html
* Birthplace: St. Louis, on The Hill
http://stlouis.bizjournals.com/stlouis/stories/2006/02/27/story8.html
* Mr. Temporiti is Of Counsel at Gallop, Johnson & Neuman, and practices in Governmental Law & Relations and Business Services http://pview.findlaw.com/view/3728509_1?noconfirm=0
* J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri, 1975
* B.A., Cardinal Glennon College, St. Louis, Missouri, 1971
* Summer Fellowship, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government
http://pview.findlaw.com/view/3728509_1?noconfirm=0


Involvement in Democratic Party
* Elected Feb. 2007 http://www.missouridems.org/newsroom/pressreleases/display.asp?prID=129

Personal political interests and issues
* Temporiti is a corporate lawyer.

Previous Campaign Work
* Temporiti has not worked on previous national campaigns

Connections to Politicians, Leaders On State Level
* He was (former Mayor) Vince Schoemehl's chief of staff in the city of St. Louis from 1981 to 1985
http://stlouis.bizjournals.com/stlouis/stories/2006/02/27/story8.html
* He was an attorney sitting on the management committee for 10 years at Gallop, Johnson & Neuman
http://stlouis.bizjournals.com/stlouis/stories/2006/02/27/story8.html
* Joined UniGroup, becoming president and chief operating officer of Mayflower Van Lines
http://stlouis.bizjournals.com/stlouis/stories/2006/02/27/story8.html
* Former executive vice president of the St. Louis County Economic Council
http://stlouis.bizjournals.com/stlouis/stories/2006/02/27/story8.html
* Former chief of governmental affairs for St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley
http://stlouis.bizjournals.com

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Yolanda T. Wheat

Vice Chair, Missouri Democratic Party

Kansas City, Missouri

Basic Bio
* Yolanda Wheat is the wife of former U.S. Congressman, Alan Wheat (D-Kansas City)
wikipedia
* Mrs. Wheat is a former Chair of National Credit Union, appointed in 1996 by President Bill Clinton
White House Press Release

Involvement in the Democratic Party
* Yolanda was elected Vice Chair of Missouri Democratic Party in February 2007
Missouri

Personal Political Interests and Issues
* She has served on the Community Advisory Council of Union Station,
* Mrs. Wheat has also served as a member of the Kansas City, MO Free Health Clinic's Consumer Advisory Council
KC Free

Involvement in 2008 election - campaign appearances, statements
* To date, Mrs.Wheat remains uncommitted in the 2008 campaign
Democratic Underground

Contributions to Candidates
* Mrs. Wheat has been a consitent supporter of Democratic candidates for many years, supporting mostly statewide candidates for Representative and Senator.
* In 2008 she has contributed to the Missouri Democratic State Committee as well as Kay Barnes, running for the Representative seat in MO-06.
* In 2004 she contributed to the general election campaign of John Kerry, and to Friends of Hillary, Tom Daschle, and to the primary campaign of Dick Gephardt for President.
* In 2000 she contributed to Al Gore's campaign for President.
Campaign Money

Family's Involvement in Politics, the Democratic Party
* Mrs. Wheat's husband, Alan Wheat served as one of five deputy campaign managers for the Clinton/Gore re-election campaign.

Connections to Politicians On State Level
* In 2002, Mrs. Wheat contributed to Jean Carnahan's campaign for the Senate.

Other Information
* Wheat Used NCUA Funds For Brochure About Her: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_km3607/is_200106/ai_n8617283

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