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  21.080.  Qualifications of representatives. — Each representative shall be twenty-four years of age, and next before the day of his election shall have been a voter for two years and a resident of the county or district which he is chosen to represent for one year, if such county or district shall have been so long established, and if not then of the county or district from which the same shall have been taken.


(RSMo 1939 § 12854, A.L. 1945 p. 1119, A.L. 1957 p. 595, A.L. 1978 H.B. 971)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 11228; 1919 § 7103; 1909 § 8102


Representatives, qualifications of, Const. Art. III § 4

(1990)  The minimum age requirement for state representatives should be evaluated under the rational relationship standard of equal protection review.  The age requirement rationally furthers the state's legitimate interest in ensuring mature and experienced legislators, and appellant's age should be calculated from his date of birth, rather than his date of conception.  Stiles v. Blunt, 912 F.2d 260 (8th Cir.).

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