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Keith English (politician) Wikipedia
Keith English (born November 4, 1967 in St. Louis, Missouri) is an American politician, union electrician, and business owner from the state of Missouri. English served as a member of the Missouri House of Representatives from Florissant, Missouri. He was elected to his first two-year term in November 2012.
English graduated from Hazelwood Central High School in 1986 and attended Saint Louis University. He graduated from the IBEW Joint Apprenticeship Training Center in 1989. He grew up in Florissant and previously served as a Florissant city councilman for more than five years.
English is a former Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) trainer and enthusiast, who took up fighting professionally after the death of his mother in 2008. English fought as an MMA fighter from 2008 to the fall of 2012, when he retired, with a record of 10 wins and 0 losses. He routinely gave his winnings to charity.
English made national news in 2014 when he was the only Democrat to vote to reduce Missouri's state income tax for the first time in nearly a century by voting to override the veto of Democratic Governor Jay Nixon. The vote was 109–46 with English providing the pivotal vote. English contended that the governor had spread "misinformation" about the bill. Immediately following the vote, English was removed from four House committees by House Minority Leader and fellow union electrician Jake Hummel.
English was re-elected to a second term in November 2014, and subsequently appealed to have his committee assignments restored. When that was unsuccessful, English resigned his Democratic Party membership and announced that he would serve as an Independent.
At the start of the 2015 legislative session, English introduced a bill that would if enacted legalize medical marijuana in the state.