David Sater, of Cassville, announced last week that he has filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission to form a campaign committee for the 29th District State Senate seat, which is currently held by Jack Goodman.
"This is a committee that will work to raise funds for a possible Senate run in two years," said Sater. "This doesn't mean I'm going to file. I want to let my intentions be known and see how things develop."
Sater, a Republican, is serving his third term as state representative of the 68th District, which includes Barry and Stone counties.
As Sater explores the possibility of running for State Senate, he plans to travel throughout the 29th District talking to those who could eventually become his constituents.
"I spoke last weekend at the Lawrence County Lincoln Days," Sater said. "I want to see what the mood of the people is for my candidacy.
"Jack (Goodman) is terming out in two years, and we've been talking," said Sater. "He's given me a lot of encouragement to do this."
Sater says he is not a professional politician.
"I got into this after I relieved myself of my pharmaceutical business," said Sater, who owned Sater Pharmacy in Cassville with his wife, Sharon, from 1974 until 2004. "I think I've done some good things since I've been in Jefferson City. I feel like I'd have influence in the Senate to work on issues that can help push our conservative agenda."
For five years, Sater served as chairman of the Appropriations Committee for Social Services, and for the last two years, he has been chairman of the Health Care Policy Committee. These positions have given him experience with the buget and have helped him develop a beneficial emphasis in healthcare.
"I want to have a good organization in place and raise some funds, so people know I am a serious candidate," said Sater.
His constitutuents will remain an important part of his campaign.
"One thing I've always tried to do is put my constituents as my number one priority," said Sater. "You can't solve everyone's problems, but you can try."
Sater was first elected to the House in 2004. In addition to his legislative duties, Rep. Sater is active in the community. He is a member of the Pregnancy Care Center in Aurora, the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Missouri Pharmaceutical Association, Gideon International and Habitat for Humanity. He is also a stockholder and a member of the board of directors of the Security Bank of Southwest Missouri.
Sater has also participated in two three-week medical mission trips to Honduras and is a member of both the First Baptist Church of Cassville and the United Methodist Church of Shell Knob.