Louis Riggs, J.D.

Associate Professor of English; Pre-Law Advisor; Director of Community Engagement

Louis Riggs’ academic experiences include teaching English Composition and Argumentation, Writing for criminal justice majors, Business Law to traditional and adult learners, Introduction to Law School, and Organizational Communications as well as the capstone course for HLGU’s online Master’s in Leadership program. He has also taught History of Leadership as well as U.S. History and Introduction to Political Science.

Mr. Riggs currently serves as Missouri 5th District State Representative and was named Freshman Legislator of the Year for Rural Workforce Development. He was also named a “Business Champion” by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce.  Riggs is former president of Missouri Community Betterment, Inc., former President of the Board of Directors of the Missouri Humanities Council, the Hannibal Free Clinic and the Hannibal Nutrition Center.  He also serves as a member of the Hannibal Park Board and Northeast Missouri Development Partnership.

Mr. Riggs says, “In law, I was able to affect one life at a time. As a professor at HLGU, I am able to share God’s love and blessings with hundreds of students who are at various stages of their college careers. Now, as a state legislator, I can also share insights from the political world regarding policies that affect each one of us daily through the legislative process.”

Educational Background

  • J.D., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1990
  • Further study: University of Missouri-Columbia, M.A. English, M.A. History, and Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis
  • B.A., English, Westminster College, 1983


  • National Conference of State Legislatures
  • Lifetime member of Ilasco Area Historical Preservation Society
  • National Council for Teachers of English
  • Hannibal Chamber of Commerce
  • Palmyra Chamber of Commerce
  • Monroe City Chamber of Commerce
  • Missouri Parks and Recreation Association

Awards & Achievements

  • Elected to Missouri House of Representatives, 2018
  • Vice Chair for Economic Development Committee
  • Member of Ways and Means Committee and Special Committee on Tourism
  • Chair of the House Republican Policy Caucus
  • Eagle Scout


  • 50th Anniversary History of Missouri Boy's State Program
  • 120th Anniversary History, St. John's Lutheran Church, Hannibal, Missouri