State Tax Commissioners
The State Tax Commission is composed of three members chosen from the two major political parties. They are appointed by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate. The Commissioners hold staggered terms of six years.
The current members are:
Gary Romine, Chairman
Republican. Term expires January 23, 2026. First appointed to the State Tax Commission on January 30, 2020.
Prior to the appointment, the Commissioner represented Missouri’s 3rd State Senate District since 2012. He has served as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Education, Vice Chairman of the Joint Committee on Education, and Vice Chairman of the Committee on Transportation, Infrastructure, and Public Safety.
In addition to his legislative duties, Commissioner Romine previously served as President and CEO of Show-Me-Rent-To-Own, a business he founded more than 30 years ago. What began as a single store in Leadington, Missouri, has grown to include nine stores throughout the state. Prior to starting his own business, he taught high school in the Branson and Farmington school districts.
Commissioner Romine has served as Chairman of the Board for the Ste. Genevieve-based MRV Banks from 2007 – 2013 and was previously the President of the Mineral Area College Board of Trustees, of which he had been a member for several years. He has also been a member of the Association of Progressive Rental Organizations for 30 years, previously serving as President and Public Relations Chairman. During this time, he participated in Federal Trade Commission and congressional hearings, an experience that gave him unique insight into navigating the federal legislative process. Additionally, he has served as a legislative liaison for the Missouri Rental Dealers Association and as a member of the Government Relations Committee for the Missouri Bankers Association.
Commissioner Romine holds an associate degree from Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.
Victor Callahan, Commissioner
Democrat. Term expires January 23, 2024. First appointed to the State Tax Commission on December 31, 2012.
Prior to the appointment, the Commissioner represented Missouri’s 11th State Senate district since 2003 and served as minority floor leader since 2008. Prior to being elected to the State Senate, Callahan served as a member of the Independence City Council and as chairman of the Jackson County Legislature. In the State Senate, Callahan served on several committees related to fiscal policy and economic growth, including: the Jobs, Economic Development and Local Government Committee, the Small Business, Insurance and Industry Committee, the Joint Committee on Government Accountability, and as chairman of the Progress and Development Committee.
Will Kraus, Commissioner
Republican. Term expires January 23, 2022. Appointed to the State Tax Commission on July 31, 2017.
Prior to the appointment, the Commissioner represented Missouri’s 8th State Senate district since 2011 and served as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. Kraus served as a member of the Missouri House of Representatives from January 2005 to 2010.
From 2003 to 2004, Kraus served in Iraq as Platoon Leader and his Company’s ground convoy commander. As an aviator, while serving as an Air Mission Commander in charge of missions involving multiple aircraft, his decisions were responsible for hundreds of soldier’s lives. He continues to serve in the Missouri National Guard as a UH-60 Black Hawk pilot.
Commissioner Kraus earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a minor in Military Science from University of Central Missouri, graduating Summa Cum Laude.