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Nancy Farmer (D)
Date Of Birth & Birthplace: 9/11/1956 (Jacksonville, IL)
Race: White
Religion: Baptist
Residence: St. Louis, MO
Education: BA in Sociology from Illinois College, Jacksonville, IL
Occupation: State Treasurer
Office Type: U.S. Senate -- Missouri  

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Nancy Farmer grew up in Jacksonville, Ill., and was the first in her family to graduate from college. She earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Illinois College in 1979.

After working for a nonprofit in the 1980s, she ran successfully for the Missouri House in 1992 and won two subsequent terms, then worked as top deputy in the state treasurer's office and ran for state treasurer herself in 2000.

She is married to Darrell Hartke, an industrial-organizational psychologist. They live in St. Louis.

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Nancy Farmer's first statewide run for office was for treasurer in 2000, when she defeated Platte County prosecutor Todd Graves, now the U.S. attorney for western Missouri and also the brother of U.S. Rep. Sam Graves. Farmer won, 51 percent to 46 percent.

Her other elections were all successful races for the Missouri House in 1992, 1994 and 1996.

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