|Nickname||The Show Me State|
|Governor||Jay Nixon, D|
|Senator||Claire McCaskill, D |
|Senator||Roy Blunt, R |
|Ratification of Constitution/or statehood||August 10, 1821 (24th)|
|Motto: Salus populi suprema lex esto (The welfare of the people shall be the supreme law)|
Missouri is a Midwestern state that was admitted to the Union as a slave state on August 10, 1821. Its nickname is the "Show Me State". Its capital is Jefferson City and its largest cities are, respectively, Kansas City, St. Louis, and Springfield. Missouri borders Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska. The current Governor is Jay Nixon
Missouri is a swing state in presidential elections. It had consistently supported the winning candidates since 1960 until 2008 when it favored John McCain, who lost to Barack Hussein Obama. Before Obama, the last losing candidate to win Missouri was Adlai Stevenson in 1956.
Under Missouri law it's illegial to transfer a gun to a person under the age of 18 without without the consent of the child's custodial parent or guardian . However, under federal law, the minimum age to possess a handgun is 18. The minimum age to get a concealed carry permit is 23.
- Sen. Claire McCaskill (D)
- Sen. Roy Blunt (R)
- Rep. William Lacy Clay, Jr. [D, MO-01]
- Rep. Todd Akin [D, MO-02]
- Rep. Russ Carnahan [D, MO-03]
- Rep. Vicky Hartzler [R, MO-04]
- Rep. Emanuel Cleaver [D, MO-05]
- Rep. Sam Graves [R, MO-06]
- Rep. Billy Long [R, MO-07]
- Rep. Jo Ann Emerson [R, MO-08]
- Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer [R, MO-09]
- Governor Jay Nixon (D)
- Lt. Governor Peter Kinder (R)
- Attorney General Chris Koster (D)
- Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D)
- State Auditor Tom Schweich (R)
- State Treasurer Clint Zweifel (D)
The term "Missouri" comes from an Algonquin word roughly translating to "river of the big canoes". 
St. Louis hosted the World's Fair in 1904, where the ice cream cone was invented. 
The mule is the state animal.
- Former Attorney General John Ashcroft served as governor and senator for the state.
- Five star general Omar Bradley was from Clark.
- Frontiersman Daniel Boone settled in Missori late in his life.
- Author Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, was from Hannibal.
- Poet T.S. Eliot was from St. Louis.
- Political commentator Rush Limbaugh is from Cape Girardeau.
- President Harry Truman lived in Lamar and Independence.
- Journalist Catherine J. Sambark
- Agricultural scientist George Washington Carver, born in Diamond Grove
- Film director and actor John Huston, born in Nevada
- Outlaws Jesse James and Frank James, born in Clay County
- Phyllis Schlafly, conservative political activist, author
- US Army General John J. Pershing, born near Laclede
- ↑ Missouri Gun Statutes
- ↑ MissouriCarry.com
- ↑ http://www.enchantedlearning.com/usa/states/missouri/
- ↑ http://www.50states.com/facts/mo.htm