Claire was born in Rolla and raised in Houston and Lebanon, where her father’s family ran the local feed mill and her mom’s family ran the corner drug store. Claire has always carried with her the importance of Missouri’s rural communities and remains a strong advocate for Missouri’s farmers, ranchers, and families in rural communities — especially now, as the Administration’s trade war threatens many of their livelihoods.
Claire has worked to bring affordable broadband access to rural communities. She introduced legislation to improve internet access in rural communities by protecting the rights of localities, and she has worked with a bipartisan group of Senators in calling on the Federal Communications Commission to allow rural broadband providers to offer discounted broadband service.
Claire has also been a leading advocate for rural post offices, which she understands are the lifeblood of their communities. She waged a successful campaign to save rural post offices and maintain delivery standards, and has worked across the aisle to protect hundreds of post offices throughout Missouri and across the country from closure.
While Claire recognizes that some regulations are necessary to keep us safe, she has fought back against unnecessary and burdensome red tape that interferes with Missourians’ livelihoods. For example, Claire introduced legislation to prohibit the EPA from regulating “farm dust” and opposed the Labor Department’s plan to keep young adults from working on family farms. She also opposed President Obama’s “Waters of the United States” rule.
Claire has also worked to ensure that Missouri’s farms can compete in the global marketplace. She successfully pushed President Trump to allow Missouri rice and beef producers to export their goods to China, and she supported the previous Administration’s decision to lift trade restrictions on Cuba because of the opportunities it created for Missouri farmers and ranchers. Claire also recently passed a bipartisan bill to protect Missouri’s agriculture industry from the threat of agro-terrorism — a bill that President Trump has signed into law. When necessary, Claire has also stood up to the Administration against policies that hurt Missouri agriculture. She has spoken out against the Administration’s reckless tariffs, which are putting Missouri farmers, ranchers and manufacturers under enormous strain — and has fought to save Missouri jobs jeopardized by the trade war.
Claire has been awarded the National Farmers Union’s Golden Triangle Award six times for her work supporting Missouri’s farmers, ranchers, and rural communities.