SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Republican candidate for Missouri Attorney General, Josh Hawley, says Washington is more dysfunctional than it's ever been. He says he wants to be an attorney for the constitution and for the people of Missouri.
Married with two little ones at home, the Lafayette County native says he has had his family's support all throughout his campaign and that family values are something he's learned since a young age.
"My family, we weren't important people or famous people, or wealthy people, we were just normal everyday people," said Hawley.
Hawley grew up in Lexington, Missouri, with a population of about 4,700.
"Growing up in a small town has really shaped my priorities and values," said Hawley. "I come from a farming family; my mom's whole side of the family are farmers."
His father was a banker. His mother a teacher. He says many people have inspired him through life, but one that's most special, is his late grandfather.
"He was a farmer. He's the first generation of our family born in this country. His dad was an immigrant. He was so proud of being an American and that is something that he impressed on me," Hawley said.
As a child, Hawley had many dreams for the future.
"I wanted to be a firefighter, I wanted to be an artist when I was really little. And it turns out I have no artistic talent," said Hawley. "I wanted to be a businessman for a ling time. It wasn't until I went to college that I decided that I wanted to be a lawyer."
He says in college he discovered a passion for the Constitution.
"What a unique document it is," he said.
After years of working for the United States Supreme Courts, in private practice and teaching law, he decided to run for office.
"I'm not running because I like politics, I am running because I want to do something," he said.
Hawley says dedication and perseverance are what make him the right candidate for the job.
"I've been opposed by the political establishment in both parties, and I'm kinda proud of that; I think it makes me independent," says Hawley. "I think it shows that I have the independence and tenacity that it takes to stand up for Missouri rather than any partisan interest and that's what I'm going to do."
If elected, Hawley would be the first Republican in 24 years to hold office as Missouri's Attorney General.
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