Meet Jay Barnes


Jay, Jane, Atticus, and Maggie Barnes on the Floor of the Missouri HouseJay Barnes represents western Cole County in the Missouri House of Representatives. In addition, to working for the people of Cole County, Jay is an attorney with Barnes & Associates.

Jay represents Jefferson City and Cole County in the Missouri House of Representatives.

Jay serves as Chairman of the House Committee on Government Oversight and Accountability, Vice-Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for General Administration, and is a member of the Judiciary, Education, Insurance, and Children & Families committees. In addition, Jay serves on the Joint Committees for Administrative Rules, Child Abuse & Neglect, and the Missouri Criminal Code. In total, Jay served on more committees in the last legislative session than any other member of the General Assembly.

Jay has earned a reputation for being hard-working, fair, principled, and unafraid of special interests. As a result, he was chosen to lead the investigation into a failed $56 million economic development deal in Moberly. National news organizations recognized that Jay’s work was the “lone bright spot” of the Mamtek fiasco.

Jay has received awards from the Jefferson City NAACP and the Missouri Workforce Housing Association for his work defending equal rights and low-income housing, respectively, in the General Assembly. In 2012, he received an award for legislator of the year for state employees for his work doubling the pay raise for state employees submitted by Governor Nixon. In 2011, he received an award as legislator of the year for Children & Families for his detailed work on the Children & Families Committee.

Away from the capitol, Jay is an attorney at Barnes & Associates in Jefferson City. Prior to serving as a state representative, Jay worked as a speechwriter for Missouri Governor Matt Blunt, policy director for Kenny Hulshof’s campaign for governor in 2008, and as the Washington correspondent for Newsmax magazine.

Jay and his wife Jane have three young children – the most recent being born in July 2012. He is a graduate of Helias High School and Mizzou – which he attended as both an undergrad and a law student.