Rep. Gracia Backer's Bio
REP. GRACIA YANCEY BACKER
Rep. Gracia Yancey Backer, a Democrat, represents part of Callaway
County (District 20) in the Missouri House of Representatives.
Rep. Backer has the distinction of being the highest-ranking woman
leader in the history of the Missouri House of Representatives
serving as the current Majority Floor Leader and the Assistant
Majority Floor Leader from January 1991 - December 1994. She
also served on the Missouri Opportunity 2000 Commission, which
examined Missouri's preparations for the 21st Century.
Rep. Backer belongs to the following organizations: Alpha Delta
Pi Alumni; Friends of the Churchill Memorial; American Business
Women's Association; NAACP; Callaway County Women's Democratic
Club; and Democratic State Committee. Rep. Backer is also a member
of the Young Democrats of Missouri Advisory Committee, Highway
Employees and Highway Patrol Retirement Board; Missouri Historical
Records Advisory Board; the Governor=s
Steering Committee on Information and Data Sharing; Commission
on Management and Productivity; Phi Alpha Theta, History Honor
Society; the Information Technology Planning Board; and Fulton
Area Development Corporation. She was a former president of the
College Board of Associates and is currently a member of the board
of governors for Memorial Community Hospital; Agriculture Leadership
of Tomorrow board of directors; and Friends of the Archives board
In addition, she served as past chairperson of the Ninth Congressional
District and in 1989, was elected the first woman president in
the 85 year history of the Kingdom of Callaway Supper, an annual
event in Fulton. Rep. Backer served as a Clinton delegate to the
1992 Democratic National convention in New York City.
Formerly, Rep. Backer was employed as secretary and administrative
assistant to Senators Don Manford and Jack Gant, executive secretary
of the Missouri Highway Reciprocity Commission and executive secretary
of the Missouri League of Nursing Home Administrators, Inc.
A 1968 graduate of New Bloomfield High School, Rep. Backer attended
Southwest Missouri State University and graduated from William
Woods University in May, 1993.
Born January 25, 1950, Rep. Backer currently resides in New Bloomfield
with her husband, Mike. They have one son, Justin Brown Backer.