A St. Louis County Democratic state senator said Monday he will run for Missouri attorney general in 2016.
Scott Sifton is the first Democrat to enter the race, and he may complicate plans for two Jackson County Democrats who are said to be considering the race.
Democrats have linked both Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders and Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters-Baker to the office.
In an e-mail to supporters, Sifton noted that his legal career began in the Missouri attorney general’s office where he worked on public corruption, senior fraud and nursing home patient neglect.
“As a senator, I have championed strong ethics rules for lawmakers and refused to accept lobbyist gifts,” he said. “I have pushed to expand the use of DNA evidence in criminal investigations, reform Missouri’s school transfer law, protect consumers and help keep seniors from getting taxed out of their homes.”
The current attorney general, Chris Koster, is expected to run for governor in 2016. But those plans are complicated, too, by Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill’s apparent interest in the governor’s office.
Sifton is a Husch Blackwell lawyer. He was elected to the state House in 2010 and the state Senate two years later.