I have been active in Kansas City, Missouri civic affairs for the last 35 years. I was elected to the Kansas City, Missouri City Council for two four-year terms, 1987 – 1995, where I chaired the City Council’s Finance Committee and developed a keen “hands-on” interest in municipal budgeting and public finance.
I have since served on a number of civic boards reflecting my interests over the years, notably chairing the Citizens Association, Kansas City’s oldest and largest non-partisan political organization, for three years; the Historic Kansas City Foundation Board of Directors; and a number of non-partisan political campaign committees in Kansas City (Kansas City has a non-partisan form of government).
This broad depth of experience in both private practice as a lawyer and in government as an elected official has helped me successfully mediate a wide range of issues.
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Union Station’s restoration is one of my proudest public accomplishments. I developed and wrote the legislation forming a Missouri-Kansas bi-state district, passed in both states, successfully restoring downtown Kansas City’s long-empty historic Union Station, completed in 1914, including measures to overcome very high mistrust on both sides of the state line. Each side gave in a little and we got it done. Today Union Station is home to the Kansas City Science Museum, restaurants, shops, offices and more.