Scott Dieckhaus, a native and resident of Washington, Missouri, has diverse experience as a public school teacher, Missouri State Representative, and currently, as the Executive Director of the most successful political organization in Missouri, the Missouri House Republican Campaign Committee (HRCC).
Dieckhaus began his professional career as a high school social studies teacher in the Gasconade County R-1 School District after earning a B.A. in Social Sciences from Missouri Baptist University. During his four years in the classroom, Dieckhaus was recognized by Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers three times, and decided to continued his own education, earning his M.S. in Educational Administration from Missouri Baptist.
At this time, Dieckhaus joined a local chapter of the Young Republicans and immediately volunteered to assist Jim Talent’s campaign for U.S. Senate and several local candidates for state representative and state senate. Dieckhaus continued his role as a volunteer and advisor for numerous campaigns and served as the President of the Franklin County Young Republicans from 2005-2007.
In late 2007, Dieckhaus announced his intention to become thenext state representative for Missouri’s 109th House District. After winning both a primary and general election in 2008, Dieckhaus was sworn in as a member of Missouri’s 95th General Assembly.
Upon arriving in Jefferson City, Dieckhaus was one of only two freshman members asked to join the Political Committee of the Missouri HRCC. He would work to recruit candidates and aid Executive Director, Robert Knodell, in the organization’s efforts to expand the Republican Majority in Missouri. By August of 2009, the Chairman of HRCC, Steven Tilley, had asked Dieckhaus to fill the role of Political Chairman.
In 2010, Missouri Legislature Dieckhausassisted Knodell and Tilley in picking up 17 seats and delivering a record 106-57 Republican majority in the Missouri House. He was selected to lead the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee as its Chairman beginning in January 2011, as education reform became a priority for the new Speaker of the House.
Throughout his four year tenure in the Missouri House and two years as the Education Committee Chairman, Dieckhaus filed legislation concerning open-enrollment, teacher contracts, charter schools, tuition tax-credit scholarships, and virtual education. In, Dieckhaus’ final year in office, he assembled a bi-partisan team to pass the state’s first charter school law in almost two decades allowing for the statewide expansion of charter schools.
In December of 2011, Dieckhaus began as Executive Director of HRCC, the first elected representative to assume that role. He worked to recruit quality candidates, provide training for candidates and grassroots around Missouri, raise and appropriate a $4 million biennial budget, develop the most accurate and dependable political database in Missouri, and assemble and manage a staff of over twenty members. His efforts paid off in 2012, a year when many Republicans in Missouri struggled,with a new historic majority of 110-53. In 2014, HRCC was able to best that mark again to deliver a 118-45 majority under Dieckhaus’ leadership.
Dieckhaus continues to serve as the Executive Director of HRCC and reside in Washington, Missouri, with his wife, Katie, and two children, Caleb and Celia.