About Donna

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Donna Pfautsch brings to her job as State Representative a broad background in agriculture, education and community service, along with a common-sense perspective on the issues facing rural and suburban residents in the 33rd House District.

As a conservative Republican voice for the people of eastern Cass and Jackson counties, Donna is a member of the Republican majority in the Missouri House. She listens to her constituents and has a well-earned reputation for getting things done. First elected in 2012, she was re-elected in 2014 and 2016.  She is one of the few legislators who has maintained a zero ethics report throughout her tenure in the Legislature, meaning she does not accept personal gifts, meals or entertainment from lobbyists.

Donna served two years as President of the Women Legislators of Missouri.  She is Chair of the Comittee on Consent and House Procedure. She also serves on the Insurance Policy Commitee, the Committee on Health and Mental Health Policy, and the Special Committee on Innovation and Technology.

A farm girl at heart
Donna grew up on a large dairy and row crop farm in Cass County, where she learned the value of hard work and education, the risks and rewards of operating a business, and the importance of family, faith and community. She and her husband are proud owners of a 110-acre Century Farm in eastern Cass County.

A 40-year career in education
A graduate of UCM, Warrensburg, Donna retired from the Harrisonville School District in 2012 after 40 years as a teacher. She started the district’s Gifted and Talented program known as HATS and coordinated the program for over 30 years. She is past president of the Gifted Association of Missouri and a former Missouri Gifted Teacher of the Year.

Family is everything
Donna and Larry have two grown children. Tobias graduated first in his class from Harrisonville HIgh School and went on to earn a computer science degree from M.U.  He is now a software engineer working in the online gaming industry. He and his wife Katie live in Austin, Texas.

Emily received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from M.U. in mechanical engineering, then went on to earn her Ph.D. from the University of Texas. She now lectures in the mechanical engineering department at Washington University.  Emily and her husband Rodney and their son Zachary live in St. Louis.

Larry retired in 2014 from American Century Investments, where he was vice president of corporate communication.  He  is now active in the Harrisonville Rotary Club, the Cass County HIstorical Society and Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage area. He grew up in Hermann, Mo., received a journalism degree from M.U., and then served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era.  His professional career has spanned newspaper journalism, public relations and corporate communications.

A life of service
As a former alderman and mayor pro tem on the Harrisonville City Council, Donna brings an understanding of local government and what it takes to get things done.  She has also served as coordinator of the Cass County Living History Festival (now the Burnt District Festival) and chairman of TEAM 21, a citizens advisory group.

Donna is a life member of the Cass County Historical Society, a Chamber of Commerce member in several communities, and attends the Harrisonville United Methodist Church.  She has continued her dedication to community service in the Missouri House of Representatives by staying involved in her community and keeping close to the people of the 33rd District. Her philosophy is simple:  “I am a public servant."

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