January 12, 2009
Jefferson City, Mo. - Attorney General Chris Koster took the oath of office on the steps of the State Capitol today, becoming Missouri’s 41st Attorney General. Joined by friends, family and co-workers, Koster was sworn in at 11:15 a.m. by Appeals Court Judge Joseph Dandurand, who has been appointed to serve as Deputy Attorney General, Koster’s second in command. Koster took the oath of office with his hand on a bible held by his niece, nine-year-old Claire Koster.
“I am humbled and honored to serve as the top law enforcement officer for the great state of Missouri,” Koster said in a statement. “My administration will be a tireless advocate for law enforcement, consumers, the environment, workers’ rights and equal opportunity.”
Koster was elected Attorney General on Nov. 4, 2008, on a platform of prosecuting fraudulent Medicaid providers; cracking down on violations of workers’ rights; aggressively enforcing Missouri’s environmental laws; and supporting law enforcement in fighting the spread of methamphetamines and preventing urban crime.
Prior to his election as Attorney General, Koster represented the 31st district in the Missouri Senate, which covers Cass, Johnson, Bates and Vernon Counties.
Before being elected to the Missouri Senate, Koster served as Cass County Prosecuting Attorney for ten years. He was first elected prosecutor in 1994 and was re-elected in 1998 and 2002 by wide margins.
Prior to becoming prosecuting attorney, Koster practiced law with the Kansas City law firm of Blackwell Sanders. He also served as an Assistant Attorney General from 1991 to 1993.
Koster was born and raised in St. Louis. He received a liberal arts degree from the University of Missouri in 1987 and his law degree from University of Missouri School of Law in 1991. Additionally, Koster earned a Masters in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis in 2002.