Influential beer and tobacco lobbyist John Britton dies

The Anheuser-Busch logo on a company factory in St. Louis | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons
John Britton was the first state-level lobbyist hired by Anheuser-Busch. | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

John Britton, a lobbyist who worked more than a half-century in the Missouri Capitol for clients that included Anheuser-Busch and the Tobacco Institute, died Tuesday, election day in Missouri. Britton was well-known in the Missouri Legislature for having strong influence on legislation surrounding the alcohol and tobacco industries, such as alcohol tax increases and public smoking restrictions.

Regarded by some as one of the most powerful people in state politics, Britton was a driving force behind Missouri’s legalization of gambling in 1991.

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