Adam Lee Warren, born November 3, 1979, is the oldest of three children born to Robert and Gloria Warren. Adam was born in Chillicothe, MO, and is an 8th generation Missourian. He grew up on a farm outside of Meadville, MO. At an early age, and during the row-crop price crash of the early 80’s, Adam and his family moved into Meadville after his father took a job at a John Deere dealership. Adam’s mother Gloria taught gymnastics at her own studio, coordinated the A+ program for Meadville R-IV School, and mowed cemeteries in the summer. Adam assisted his mother along with his brother Christopher and his sister Jessica with all of the jobs. “I’ve been working since I was 10,” said Adam.
In high school, Adam played varsity baseball, basketball, and track. He was also an Eagle Scout. During his senior year, Adam was selected as one of twenty top student-citizens, and was honored by Mel Carnahan at the Governor’s Mansion. Adam was very involved in FFA and even won the State Extemporaneous Speaking Competition. It was his love for agriculture which first directed him to the field of Hospitality and Restaurant Administration (a field of study in the Agriculture School at the University of Missouri). However, SMS (now Missouri State) at Springfield felt like the best fit for Adam and it was there that he attended.
As a freshman, Adam was involved in resident life government, joined and co-founded the Theta Chi Fraternity Chapter, and won the award for “Outstanding Greek Sophomore” (Adam was a sophomore by credit hours after transferring in fifteen hours from high school). As a true sophomore, Adam made the SMS cheerleading squad, served as resident assistant at Hammons House, and worked for several summers assisting new students through the SOAR program. During his senior year, he was elected Student Body President and Cheerleading co-captain. It was Adam’s love for politics and law that inspired him to apply for law school.
Adam applied and was accepted to the University of Missouri – Columbia School of Law. During his first year of school, Adam enlisted with the Missouri Army National Guard as a legal clerk to do his small part for the War on Terror. Adam spent his first summer at Fort Benning Georgia, and his second summer at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. After graduating, Adam prepared for the Bar Exam. It was during this summer that he met his future wife Melanie, who lived at the same apartment complex. “One of the places I studied was our apartment pool, and that’s where I first saw Melanie. It was a wonder I passed the Bar.” Adam said.
After a brief employment with a local attorney, Adam opened his own law practice in his home town of Chillicothe, MO. During this same time, Adam joined the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps of the National Guard as a licensed attorney. During the next several years, Adam assisted many soldiers deploying from and returning to civilian lives as their legal counselor. In Chillicothe, Adam’s practice was general in nature, the kind of law practice established in most small towns. Adam’s favorite kind of work is estate planning for small business owners and farmers.
Adam was quickly elected as Chillicothe’s City Attorney (Republican) and he served both as the City Prosecutor and Counsel to the City Council. He reviewed contracts, wrote ordinances and advised Chillicothe City Government on the Sunshine Law. Adam continues to be City Prosecutor today. Adam was elected Prosecuting Attorney (Republican) of Livingston County in 2010. In his first year alone, he conducted six jury trials, several bench trials, and twenty seven preliminary hearings. In the 43rd Circuit, Adam enjoyed the highest positive felony disposition rate amongst his peers. On January 28, 2011 he and his wife welcomed their beautiful baby boy A.J. into the world. He is the joy of their lives.
Adam has always been an avid reader and a news hound. “The direction of this country toward fiscal irresponsibility deeply troubled me” said Adam. “This became especially concerning after becoming a new father and thinking about the legacy I was leaving my son. But what was even more troubling, was the blatant disregard of the law by the Federal Government. I expected our Attorney General to act to protect Missouri’s sovereignty and its citizens’ rights by enforcing the highest law of the land. Instead we got a half-hearted brief which smelled of a politician’s appeasement strategy.”
Adam’s concern for the future of our country was the impetus to run for public office. “That’s when I started talking to friends and family, and especially my wife, about running.” Shortly thereafter, Ed Martin declared for office, calling Chris Koster “Obama’s attorney”. Chris Koster released a statement, again, touting his tenure as a prosecuting attorney, declaring “Missourians embraced our campaign because they understood the importance of having an Attorney General who was a prosecutor, one who has personally stood in the courtroom and convicted many of Missouri’s most notorious criminals.”
Adam saw rhetoric from two politicians, and decided there needed to be a third voice in the race: A candidate who really was a political outsider. A candidate who has a grasp on reality. A candidate whose paramount focus is Constitution and Prosecution. The “Show Me” State needs an Attorney General who brings Adam’s kind of perspective to the office.
*The U.S. Army nor the Missouri Army National Guard specifically endorse Adam Warren’s candidacy.