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Kenny Hulshof (R)
Date Of Birth & Birthplace: 5/22/1958 (Sikeston, MO)
Race: White
Religion: Catholic
Residence: Columbia, MO
Education: BA in Agriculture Economics from University of Missouri, Columbia, MO; JD in Law from University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS
Occupation: Attorney
Office Type: U.S. House -- Missouri District 9 

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Kenny Hulshof was born in Sikeston, Mo., and grew up on a farm in Bertrand, in southeast Missouri. He resides in Columbia, Mo.

Hulshof received a bachelor's degree in agriculture economics from the University of Missouri in 1980 and his law degree from the University of Mississippi in 1983.

He began practicing law in 1983 as a public defender in Cape Girardeau, Mo., and three years later, joined the prosecutor's office in Cape Girardeau. Hulshof was a special prosecutor for the state attorney general's office from 1989 to 1996, specializing in murder cases, some of which won him statewide and national media coverage.

He was elected to the U.S. House in 1996, and re-elected in 1998, 2000 and 2002. Hulshof is married to Renee Howell. They have two daughters.

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As a late replacement candidate for Republicans in 1994, Kenny Hulshof gained 47 percent of the vote in losing to Democratic Rep. Harold Volkmer. In 1996, Hulshof won Republican primary by 165 votes out of 38,343 cast in the 21-county 9th District. In November, he faced off in a rematch with Volkmer, winning with 49 percent of the vote.

Hulshof was re-elected in 1998, defeating Democrat Linda Vogt with 62 percent of the vote. He defeated Democrat Steve Carroll in 2000 with 59 percent of the vote.

He won another term in 2002, garnering 68 percent of the vote.

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