American Legislative Leaders in the Midwest, 1911-1994

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RABBITT, RICHARD J. ( Missouri, 1973, 1975) was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on October 30, 1935. Educated in local Catholic schools, he earned a B.S. in political science and an LL.B. from St. Louis University in Missouri. Following that Rabbitt began to practice law in St. Louis. He married Teresa Marie Molloy in 1962, and the couple had six children.

Rabbitt won election to the Missouri House of Representatives as a Democrat from the city of St. Louis in 1960. Serving eight consecutive terms, he was named majority floor leader in 1969 and 1971 and speaker for the 1973 and 1975 sessions. Concurrently Rabbitt belonged to the National Legislative Leaders Conference and National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. He was nominated by the Jaycees as one of the "Outstanding Young Men in America."

In 1977 Rabbitt was convicted by a U.S. district court jury on fifteen counts of accepting kickbacks and peddling influence while in the House. After spending time in prison, he worked in the St. Louis city assessor's office. He was grand knight of the Knights of Columbus and a member of the Optimists. Rabbitt continues to live in St. Louis at this writing.

Official Manual, State of Missouri ( Jefferson City: Secretary of State, 1878- ); William E. Parrish , Charles T. Jones Jr., and Lawrence O. Christensen, Missouri: The Heart of the Nation, 2nd rev. ed. ( Arlington Heights, IL: Harlan Davidson, 1992); Western historical manuscripts collection, University of Missouri, Columbia, Kansas City, Rolla, and St. Louis.


RAECKE, WALTER R. ( Nebraska, 1947) was born in Grand Island, Nebraska, on October 17, 1895, to German immigrants. Educated in public schools in Central City, Nebraska, he earned an LL.B. from the University of Nebraska in 1917. During World War I he served as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Raecke then began practicing law in Central City. He married Orral J. Young in 1921, and the couple had three children.


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