Politically Speaking: Dempsey Explains His Decision to Leave the Missouri Senate

On the latest edition of the Politically Speaking podcast, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies welcome former Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey.

The St. Charles Republican provided some of his most in-depth comments about his departure from the Missouri Senate. He surprised many by resigning last month and taking a job at The Gate Way Group, a lobbying organization that’s based in St. Louis. Retired financier Rex Sinquefield is one of the Gate Way Group’s clients.

Dempsey says the closure of the banquet hall operated by his family and term limits played a role in his decision. Members of the Dempsey family have been restaurateurs in St. Charles for decades.

He said he had lengthy conversations with his wife about “the next phase” in their lives, especially when term limits would have forced him to leave the Senate anyway after the 2016 session.

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