Jay’s family roots grow deep in the Ozarks all the way back to before the Civil War in which his great grandmother worked on one side for a Confederate general and his great grandfather on the Union side warned Union forces of the advancing Confederate army.

Hard work, getting results, conservative Ozarks commonsense, and taking responsibility has been Jay’s everyday life going back to his years growing up on the family’s Christian County farm.

Jay was just 15 years old when his father’s failing health left Jay alone to run the farm which had been in his family since the mid-1800s. But Jay’s dad had already taught him to fix what was broken, to never wait for someone else to do what you could do, and to never let an excuse stand between you and a job that needed doing.

Jay’s mother was a natural leader who instilled in him a strong sense of duty to serve the community.  She served as Nixa’s Postmaster for nearly 40 years, and later as the city’s mayor. She made sure the family was grounded in the faith, teaching Sunday School and singing in the choir of the First Baptist Church in Nixa. 

After his father’s death, the sky-high inheritance tax rates at the time forced farmers all over the county to sell their small farms to pay the taxes. 


To save his family’s farm, 19-year-old Jay became a home builder to help pay the estate taxes owed, constructing a house to sell on a lot carved out of the farm.  It quickly sold, so Jay built more affordable homes for families. He had created a rapidly growing business when a severe recession caused by bad federal government policies in the late 1970’s hit.  Like many builders, Jay found himself holding unsold houses, with no buyers to be found, and sky-high interest to pay the bank.  Instead of running from his debts, he found extra work taking odd jobs and ran a gas station, often working 80-hour weeks, seven days a week, paying the bank interest until the recession ended.

Jay followed his mother’s example of public service, serving in the volunteer job of mayor of Nixa.  He then put his business interests on hold when his neighbors asked him to represent them in the Missouri House and later in the State Senate.

Jay was a highly effective force for our conservative views and values as a citizen-legislator.  Jay’s leadership in the senate ensured the passage of the largest tax cut for families in state history, balanced the budget every year, fully funded our schools, and helped lead the state to record growth in high-paying, family supporting jobs. He fought successfully to restore our gun rights and to reduce abortions in the state to almost zero.

Jay and his wife Retha, a retired accountant and a native of Taney County, recently retired from elected and public life, until socialists and extremists in the Democrat Party attacked our Country, our state, and our way of life.


Jay believes, now more than ever, we must rise up and take the fight to Washington. He believes it is not about fighting, but about winning. We cannot afford to lose this battle.  Our liberties, religious and personal freedom are at risk like never before. Our country is being bankrupted, both morally and financially, by the radical left.

Across the Ozarks, people recognize it is critical now that we have leaders in Congress who are committed to a Constitutional government, fiscal restraint, faith, national and border security, and personal freedom and responsibility. It is just as crucial we send a leader to Congress who has a documented record of successfully leading conservative initiatives past liberal, bureaucratic, and special interest roadblocks.


Jay has the leadership skills, fortitude, and Ozarks commonsense to do more than talk about change. Jay’s record proves he can win the changes required to keep the American promise alive for us and generations ahead. Jay Wasson is a leader that will win the fight for Us.