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David Lenihan On His Bid To Turn Missouri’s 1st District Senate Seat Red

Republican David Lenihan
Jason Rosenbaum
St. Louis Public Radio
Republican David Lenihan

David Lenihan is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where the GOP candidate talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum about his candidacy for the 1st District Missouri Senate seat.

Lenihan is running against Democratic state Rep. Doug Beck in the district that takes in parts of unincorporated south St. Louis County, Crestwood, Maplewood and Webster Groves. That part of St. Louis County has typically been competitive.

You can listen to Beck’s episode of Politically Speaking here.

Here’s what Lenihan talked about on the program:

  • His support for a constitutional amendment that would expand Medicaid under the auspices of the Affordable Care Act. He also talked about how he would pay for the 10% match Missouri needs to provide under the plan.
  • His backing for charter schools, which may become a bigger issue after 2020 if the GOP-controlled Legislature seeks to make it easier for them to set up.
  • How Gov. Mike Parson was handling the COVID-19 pandemic and whether the state should adopt a mask mandate.
  • His approach to reduce violent crime, which involves increasing access to mental health services.

Lenihan has a doctorate in peripheral neurology from the University of Edinburgh and an MBA from the University of Cambridge. He was dean of Touro’s Medical School, which is located in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City.

After leaving Touro’s, Lenihan purchased Ponce Health Sciences University, which is based in Puerto Rico. He recently announced the university was building a campus in north St. Louis.

Follow Jason Rosenbaum on Twitter: @jrosenbaum

Follow David Lenihan on Twitter: @drdavidlenihan

Music: “Genesis” by Deftones

Jason is the politics correspondent for St. Louis Public Radio.