Meet Jake

Jake Zimmerman has dedicated his career to fighting for fairness and justice for all Missourians.

When Jake served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Missouri, he fought on behalf of Missourians who had been victimized by illegal and unfair business practices.  He prosecuted scammers who stole money from unsuspecting customers, shut down fake “training schools” that existed only to con students out of their hard-earned tuition, and even took on large cell phone companies that misled customers by disguising fees as taxes.

In 2006, Jake was elected to the Missouri General Assembly, where he represented the 83rd District for more than four years.  As State Representative, Jake was a staunch advocate for consumer protections, fighting to freeze property tax payments for senior citizens and protect students from unfair textbook pricing.  And Jake was widely recognized as a leader in ethics reform, championing legislation designed to prevent lobbyists from gaming the system with unlimited gifts and campaign contributions.

Jake currently serves as Assessor for the largest county in Missouri, a position he has used to make sure taxpayers are treated fairly – regardless of whether their property is worth $50,000 or $5 million.  As St. Louis County’s first elected Assessor since 1960, Jake has cracked down on corporations that try to avoid paying their fair share of taxes by shifting the burden to small businesses and homeowners.  Jake successfully challenged casinos that sought windfall tax cuts that would have slashed local school budgets, and went after wealthy developers who tried to dodge taxes by pretending that parking lots were “farms.”  And when a luxury senior center attempted to claim it was a “charity,” Jake fought back until the owners agreed to pay their fair share.

Jake has frequently been recognized for his leadership and commitment to public service. He is a Truman Scholar, was named “Legislator of the Year” by the Associated Students of the University of Missouri, and has received awards from Epworth Children and Family Services and the Missouri Bar. Jake is an active member of the St. Louis Jewish Community where he has served in leadership positions with various organizations.  Before serving in elected office, he practiced law in St. Louis and served as Deputy Chief Legal Counsel to then Missouri Governor Bob Holden.

Jake has deep Missouri roots – he grew up in St. Louis County, graduating from Clayton High School before going on to receive degrees from Claremont McKenna College and Harvard Law School.  Jake and his wife, Megan, live in Olivette with their son Gabriel.