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An attorney with experience in civil and criminal litigation, Ian understands the role of the law in advancing social justice.

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The son of two public school teachers, and an early childhood educator himself, Ian's top priority is quality education.


As state representative, Ian has worked across the aisle to sponsor and pass several key pieces of legislation.

Bringing People Together

Thank you for trusting me to represent you in the Missouri General Assembly. I ran to bring people together. From the time I grew up in Southern Missouri, I’ve enjoyed discussing issues with those who may see them differently. I don’t believe we must sacrifice our principles to prosper. Click here to learn more about me.

Recent News

December 21, 2021

Missouri bill seeks to forgive mistakenly overpaid unemployment benefits

The state saw a historic number of Missourians apply for unemployment benefits in 2020. About 639,000 Missourians filed in the first three months of the COVID pandemic, as businesses shut down to stave off the virus’ spread.

“They were encouraged to apply,” said Jim Guest, director of the volunteer lawyers program at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri. 

Guest was among many service providers across the state who were “swamped” helping people get through the initial unemployment application process.


The state was trying to get the money out to families quickly, he said, which was commendable. 

December 9, 2021

Proposed House bill could change law on warrantless marijuana searches

A newly proposed bill in the Missouri House would make warrantless searches based on “the odor of marijuana alone” illegal. Rep. Ian Mackey (D-Richmond Heights) pre-filed the legislation Wednesday after being inspired by a recent ruling on the same matter in Illinois.

“Medicinal marijuana is legal in Missouri,” Rep. Mackey said. “It makes sense because of these new laws [the smell of marijuana alone] should not be a justifiable reason for a police officer to begin searching property or a particular individual.”

The bill was filed as House Bill 1867