Wayne Wallingford retired from the United States Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel, having served on active duty for 25 years. His service included five tours in Vietnam from 1970 to 1973, where he flew more than 300 combat missions, and six tours in Desert Storm. He is the recipient of 47 medals for his service, including the Silver Star (the third-highest honor bestowed by the U.S. military) and Distinguished Flying Cross.
Senator Wallingford was elected in 2012 to serve the 27th Senatorial District. He serves as Vice-Chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, as well as serving as a member of three other committees – Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy & the Environment; Financial & Governmental Organizations & Elections; Small Business, Insurance & Industry; Progress and Development; and the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules.
Prior to his election to the Senate, he was elected to the House in 2010 to represent the 158th District. He has been a leader on many issues important to southeast Missouri, including defending the rights of the unborn, upholding the right to pray and worship, protecting property rights, and ensuring government respects taxpayers.
Wallingford is very active in the community, serving as Member of the Young Life Committee of Young Life International, Director of the United Way of Southeast Missouri, Board President of the SEMO Alliance for Disability Independence, Vice President of the Boys and Girls Club Board, former Vice Chairman of the Friends of Scouting Campaign, Director of the Community Counseling Center Foundation, former Commander of American Legion Post 63, Chairman of Optimist Youth in Government, Director of the Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, founding member and Director of the Samaritan Regional Health Clinic Initiative, Past President and Director of the Southeast Missouri Pachyderm Club, Director of the National Federation of the Grand Order of Pachyderm Clubs, and Precinct 14 Committeeman for the Cape Girardeau County Republican Committee. In addition, he is a member of the Missouri Farm Bureau, a life member of the VFW, and a life member of the National Rifle Association.
Wallingford received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska, Omaha, and a Masters of Arts in Management Supervision from Central Michigan University.
Wallingford currently resides in Cape Girardeau with his wife of 43 years, Suzy. He and his wife are members of Cape Bible Chapel and are proud parents of two children and six grandchildren.
SB573 & SB814
Wayne sponsored SB573 (2018) and SB814 (2016) which allows military pay to be deducted from state income taxes, helping to reduce the tax burden on those who defend our nation.
Wayne sponsored SB794 (2016) to exempt durable medical equipment from sales taxes, removing this burden from Missourians who are in need of care.
Wayne sponsored SB34 (2015), extending the voter registration deadline for members of the military to ensure they are able to vote after returning from deployment outside the U.S.
Wayne sponsored SB35 (2015), which would have terminated Medicaid coverage for those who move out of Missouri, preventing taxpayer money from being wasted by those fraudulently taking advantage of our welfare system.
Wayne co-sponsored HJR2 (2011), which would have proposed a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to pray and worship on public property.
Wayne voted for HB213 (2011), a bill which makes the abortion of any viable fetus illegal. This bill has ensured that Missouri’s laws to protect the unborn are among the best in the nation, drawing a clear line that will make late-term abortions illegal.
Wayne voted for HB73 (2011), a bill that would require drug testing for welfare recipients and ban those who fail drug tests from receiving benefits.
Wayne voted for HJR27 (2011), a proposed constitutional amendment that would have protected our Second Amendment rights by making it explicit that the right to possess, manufacture, and use ammunition and firearms parts cannot be infringed.
Voted yes on HB731 (2011), which would require any illegal immigrant on the sex offender registry to be reported to the federal government.
Wayne voted for HJR43 (2012), a bill which would allow Missourians to vote on a constitutional amendment that would place limits on the growth of state spending, putting any excess revenue toward paying down state debts, funding emergency accounts that can help bridge future budget gaps, and reducing income taxes. This will force government to be more responsible with taxpayer money.