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About Us

Missouri Liberty Project is about giving everyday Missourians a voice. We're a non-profit, non-partisan organization made up of people dedicated to defending liberty and renewing citizen democracy. We're fighting for liberty in our communities, in our state, and in the courts. Liberty is a way of life. We aim to preserve, protect, and promote it.

Josh Hawley is the founder and president of Missouri Liberty Project. Josh is a constitutional litigator, law professor, and religious liberty advocate. He has defended Hobby Lobby before the U.S. Supreme Court and is leading the fight in Missouri to defend the Constitution.

A native Missourian, Josh grew up in Lexington, a small town in middle Missouri. Josh went on to graduate from Rockhurst High School in Kansas City and then Stanford University and Yale Law School. After law school, Josh served as a judicial clerk for Chief Justice John Roberts at the U.S. Supreme Court. Josh met his wife, Erin, there and after several years practicing law in Washington, D.C., he and Erin moved home to Missouri.

Josh’s work as an attorney focuses on the Constitution. In 2011, Josh helped litigate one of the most important religious liberty cases of the last two decades, Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC. That case guarantees churches and other faith organizations the right to choose their ministers based on their faith, not government regulations.

Josh was part of the team that defeated Obamacare's contraceptive mandate on business at the U.S. Supreme Court. Josh has litigated in most of the federal courts of appeals and numerous state courts.

He and Erin live in Columbia, Missouri and have one son, Elijah, who is one year old.


Protecting Religious Liberty

Religious liberty is our most precious of freedoms, but it is under assault. For years, Josh has been defending religious liberty in the courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States. Missouri Liberty Project is ready to continue the fight to defend Missourians’ religious freedoms.

What you need to know:

This summer Josh and a team of religious freedom litigators won the Hobby Lobby case at the U.S. Supreme Court, perhaps the most important religious freedom victory in decades. That landmark victory guarantees to employers and all business people of faith the right to follow their conscience at work, without federal interference.

But the threat to religious liberty continues. In the wake of their defeat in Hobby Lobby, Obama allies in Congress have threatened to repeal vital religious liberty protections in federal law. And on college campuses across America, university bureaucrats are threatening to ban student faith groups.

Religious liberty needs a defense. Missouri Liberty Project is ready to stand up for the rights of all people of faith. For more information, Sign up here.

Fighting Federal Overreach

The Obama Administration has relentlessly expanded the reach of the federal government, imposing new taxes, new rules, and new regulations on American citizens and businesses. The worst example is Obamacare, a monstrosity of costly regulations that hurts middle class citizens, hurts employers, and makes healthcare more expensive.

What you need to know:

Missouri Liberty Project is fighting the Obama big-government agenda. In an attempt to save the failing Obamacare, the Obama Administration has tried to unilaterally change the rules governing healthcare exchanges. MLP has filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court asking that court to prevent the Obama Administration’s attempt to end-run the law. For more information on this important case, and MLP’s other efforts to fight big government, Sign up here.

Defending Missouri Agriculture

Agriculture is more than an industry in Missouri, it is a time-honored way of life. And it is under attack from overbearing bureaucrats, in Washington and around the country. Missouri Liberty Project is standing up for Missouri’s farmers.

What you need to know:

At this moment, bureaucrats in California are attempting to impose an animal-rights agenda on Missouri farmers, changing the way our farmers live and do business. Missouri Liberty Project is fighting to stop them. MLP has filed a brief in federal court against California’s animal-rights, big-government agenda.

And MLP will continue to fight for farmers’ constitutional liberties, whether that means standing against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and its scheme to dump massive amounts of sediment into the Missouri River, or the EPA’s new rules grabbing authority over every body of water in the United states. For more information, or to get involved, Sign up here.

Rebuilding Citizen Democracy

Liberty and democracy belong together. In fact, the right to self-government is our most important right because it keeps all the others safe. But political corruption threatens to shut average citizens out of the political process. And too many Missourians feel they can’t make a difference.

What you need to know:

Missouri Liberty Project will work to help everyday Missourians make a difference. We’re giving Missourians a voice in their communities and in the courts and we will advocate for reforms that will help rebuild citizen democracy. Sign up for updates.

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