Birthdate: Dec. 19, 1956
Birth Place: St. Louis, MO, United States
Residence: Oakville, MO
Religion: Catholic
Gender: Male

Candidacy

Education

Glenn Koenen was born in St. Louis, and raised in St. Louis and St. Charles counties. He currently resides in Oakville. He received a bachelor's degree from St. Louis University and a master's degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Koenen has spent most of his career working for nonprofit organizations, including the Diocese of Belleville, Metroplex, Joint Neighborhood Ministry and Circle Of Concern, where he was executive director.

He was a founding board member and later president of the St. Louis Metropolitan Food Pantry Association and served on the Eastern Regional Advisory Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and the Missouri Advisory Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. He was chairman of the West St. Louis County Chamber of Commerce in 2010.

He is a longtime member of Missourians For Tax Justice and supports Missouri Pro-Vote, Missouri Jobs With Justice and several other St. Louis-area organizations concerned with issues impacting the poor and middle class.

On May 16, 2009, Koenen suffered sudden cardiac death while attending his daughter's college graduation. A nurse in the audience helped save him. He said the incident increased his desire to "make a difference in the world."

Koenen and his wife, Peggy, have a grown daughter.

Profile

Glenn Koenen emerged from a contested Democratic primary to seek Missouri's 2nd Congressional District seat in the November general election. A recount confirmed that Koenen won a Democratic primary for a suburban St. Louis congressional seat and will face Republican Ann Wagner in the November election.

Unofficial results of the recount released in September 2012 by the secretary of state's office showed Koenen's margin of victory declined by two votes compared to the original count from the August primary. But he still finished 46 votes ahead of Harold Whitfield in a four-person primary that drew a total of nearly 28,000 votes.

The incumbent, Republican Rep. Todd Akin, elected to run for the Senate. Koenen will face Republican Ann Wagner in the general election.

Koenen said he would push to restore the full Social Security withholding rate. He would seek to raise the cap on Social Security earnings from the current $110,100 per year to $500,000 by 2014 and $1 million by 2016.

He believes everyone should have access to health care and that Medicare must remain an entitlement for all seniors. Co-payments need to be progressive, with lower-income seniors paying less, he says. He supports a single-payer health care system.

Koenen says the federal government should create financial incentives for employers to add quality jobs, but that employers should receive no assistance when they create part-time, low-paying jobs. He said victims of layoffs should get extended unemployment benefits while the retrain for new jobs.

He believes the government has a responsibility to help the poor. He supports campaign finance reform that would create a limit of $2 per candidate per resident per election cycle. He pledged to accept no more than $500 from any individual or $1,000 from any group in his election bid.

Source: Associated Press

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