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Steve Ehlmann was elected St. Charles County Executive in November 2006 and took office January 1, 2007, as only the second, elected County Executive. Prior to becoming County Executive, Steve served as the county's Director of Administration.

Election to the County Executive's office makes Mr. Ehlmann's public service unique in that he has been elected to serve in all three branches of government. He was a member of the Missouri House of Representatives from 1989 to 1993 for the 19th District and of the Missouri Senate from 1993 to 2001 for the 23th District, serving two terms as the Republican Floor Leader in the Senate. Steve served in the judiciary as Associate Circuit Judge from 2001 to 2003 and as Circuit Judge during 2003 for the 11th Judicial Circuit.

Steve Ehlmann holds degrees from Furman University (B.A., 1973), University of Missouri-Columbia (M.A., History, 1975), and Washington University (J.D., 1985). He was a teacher and coach in the public schools for seven years and a practicing attorney for 12 years. 

A historian, Steve authored the book Crossroads, A History of St. Charles County, and is deeply invested in preserving the rich history of the county. He currently serves on the board of trustees for both the Missouri Historical Society and The State Historical Society of Missouri.  

Steve has been honored with the Defender of Life Award (Missouri Right to Life), Missouri Sunshine Award (Missouri Press Association), Voice of Missouri Business Award (Associated Industries of Missouri), Heroes Award (Crider Center for Mental Health), the Sibley Medallion (Lindenwood University) and the Jonas Viles Award (Friends of the Missouri State Archives).

Steve is married to Jean Poggemeier Ehlmann. They have two sons, Brendan Erich and William Tyler.