ALL OF THE ELECTED OFFICIALS, ACADEMICS, NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AND DIRECTORS BELOW HAVE SUPPORTED CEPL BY AGREEING TO TAKE PART IN OR CO-SPONSOR A CEPL EVENT.
Charles Jaco has been a reporter for Fox 2, as well as reporter, writer, and anchor of the weekly Sunday morning news program The Jaco Report. Recently in the national spotlight due to his interview with Todd Akin that many say eventually cost Akin the race, he is the winner of three George Foster Peabody Awards for broadcast journalism excellence, as well as two Edward R. Murrow Awards and five National Headliner Awards. His experience in journalism and broadcasting includes being a correspondent for CNN and NBC Network Radio, and a talk program host for KMOX. He has written opinion and analysis articles for dozens of newspapers and magazines, is the author of four books, and has covered nine wars in the Middle East, Latin America, and Africa.
Paul Jacob is President of The Liberty Initiative Fund, a national organization helping citizens place issues on state and local ballots to protect individual liberty and hold government accountable. For more than a decade, Jacob served as executive director and then president of U.S. Term Limits, becoming the movement’s leading voice. For his work to bring term limits to Congress, the late columnist Robert Novak good-naturedly called Paul “the most hated man in Washington.”
Dr. Farida Jalalzai is the Hannah Atkins Endowed Chair and a Associate Professor of Political Science at Oklahoma State University. Her research analyzes the representation and behavior of women and minorities in politics and the role of gender in the political arena.
Her past work has focused on women national leaders, gender and campaign coverage, the behavior of political widows compared to the husbands they replaced in Congress, and Muslim American political behavior and discrimination since 9/11. Her current projects include analyses of the symbolic representation women executives offer (with Amy C. Alexander), gender and representation of President Park of South Korea (with Young-Im Lee), and women executives during political transition.
Captain Ronald S. Johnson has been with the Missouri State Highway Patrol since 1987 and is currently the Command Officer for the Missouri Highway Patrol Troop C. In August 2014, Governor Nixon appointed Captain Johnson to lead protest security in Ferguson, following the shooting of Michael Brown during which time the St. Louis native became a widely recognized face across the St. Louis region. Johnson serves as the chairman of the Missouri Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission. A member of the commission since 2001, he has been reappointed by three Governors. He holds a criminal justice degree and is a 2014 graduate of the National FBI Academy.
E. Terrence Jones is the author of The Metropolitan Chase: Politics and Policies in Urban America, Fragmented by Design: Why St. Louis Has So Many Governments and Conducting Political Research, as well as dozens of scholarly articles, chapters, and technical reports. He has served as a consultant to more than fifty governmental and non-profit agencies and has held offices in many professional and community organizations. His research interests are primarily in the area of metropolitan governance, urban public policy, state government, and public opinion.
Representative Chris Kelly, elected to the House of Representatives from District 24 in 1982, 1984, 1988, 1990, 1992, and most recently in 2008, is unique among currently sitting legislators in having served in the legislature prior to the implementation of term limits in 1992. His legislative focus included sponsoring legislation making drinking and driving illegal, creating the durable power of attorney for health care, establishing Missouri’s Abuse and Lose Law, advocating for Campaign Finance Reform, and sponsoring Missouri Federal Reimbursement Allowance Legislation, as well as leading the legislative effort to create the Katy Trail. Between his terms in the House Representative Kelly has also served as Chairman of the Missouri Labor and Industrial Relations Commission and as Boone County Associate Circuit Judge.
Dr. David Kimball is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Missouri St. Louis. He teaches courses in American government, political behavior, parties and elections, interest groups, and research methodology. His research interests include divided government, voting behavior, election administration, electoral reform, public opinion, and interest group lobbying.
He has participated as an expert in several court cases on election administration, voting rights, and redistricting. His work has appeared in American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, Social Science Computer Review, and edited volumes. He is the co-author of three books: Helping America Vote, Lobbying and Policy Change, and Why Americans Split Their Tickets. He is co-editor of Controversies in Voting Behavior.
Dr. Thad Kousser is a Professor of Political Science at the University of California San Diego. He has authored, co-authored, or edited numerous books on state politics and has had work has also been published in journals such as the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, Political Analysis, Legislative Studies Quarterly, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, and the Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization. He is a recipient of the UCSD Academic Senate’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the Faculty Mentor of the Year Award, served as co-editor of the journal State Politics and Policy Quarterly, and has worked as a staff assistant in the California, New Mexico, and United States Senates. Kousser has also competed on the faculty team in the UCSD Alumni Surf Contest.
Missouri Senator Will Kraus was first elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 2004. He was re-elected in 2006 and 2008 respectively. In 2010, he won the seat for the State Senator for the 8th District. He has served as Vice-Chair on both the Missouri House of Representatives’ Utilities and Health Care Policy Committees, and has also served on the Job Creation and Economic Development Committee. Senator Kraus has won awards such as the VFW Legislator of the Year and the “A Better Missouri for Children Award” from the Missouri PTA. He earned his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Central Missouri State University in 1997.
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Rick Lahr was elected Mayor of Des Peres, MO in April 2000 and has since been reelected to additional two year terms in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012. Prior to his election as Mayor, Rick served as an Alderman from the second Ward having been elected to that post in 1992, 1994, 1996, and 1998. During his term as Mayor, Rick has been selected by his fellow elected officials to serve on the Board of Directors of both the St. Louis County Municipal League and the Missouri Municipal League. Rick was elected President of the County Municipal League and served in that capacity for his term of office 2009 to 2010, he currently serves The League as a member of its Board of Directors. In addition, he serves as the City’s representative to theDes Peres Kirkwood Chamber of Commerce.
Joseph E. Martineau is an attorney at Lewis, Rice & Fingersh, L.C., where he focuses his practice on media and communications law, intellectual property law, and health and commercial law litigation. He is also an adjunct professor at Washington University teaching Communications Law to undergraduate and graduate level students. He has published in the fields of defamation and invasion of privacy law, the first amendment, and media law in general. He has argued cases in the appellate and Supreme Courts of both Missouri and Illinois. Among other honors Mr. Martineau was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2005-2014, and was named the Best Lawyers’ 2012 “St. Louis Litigation – First Amendment Lawyer of the Year.”
Charles L. Mayo is a community organizer, activist and native of St. Louis. He is a former gang member who, working with trainers from the King Center and following the philosophy of nonviolence 365, now works with gang members to empower them for social change. He is a Co-Founder of Feed the Children and Founder of Men & Mentors
Linda Claire McDaniel is retired from demographic research working at the University of Missouri – St. Louis and United Way of Greater St. Louis. She has volunteered with the League of Women Voters for more than 40 years. She has served 6 years on the Board of League of Women Voters of the United States, two years as First Vice President in charge of national lobbying efforts. She was in leadership position on a variety of efforts and organizations in Missouri working on campaign finance reform and was appointed to the Fair Elections Commission to conduct hearings across the state on campaign finance reform and served as chair. She was appointed to the Missouri Automated Voting Equipment Qualification Committee by the Secretary of State.
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Bob McDavid has served as the mayor of Columbia, Missouri since 2010. Previous to this position, Mayor McDavid was an obstetrician Boone Hospital Center for 28 years, delivering more than 5,000 babies in Boone County until his retirement in 2003. He currently serves on the board of the Boone Hospital Board of Trustees, having formerly held the board chairmanship. He has also previously served as a consultant for the Missouri Board of Healing Arts. A 46-year resident of Columbia, he attended the University of Missouri for his undergraduate degree, medical school and his specialty training.
Missouri Representative Margo McNeil was first elected to the House in 2008 representing District 69, including parts of Florissant, Hazelwood, and unincorporated St. Louis County. Re-elected in 2010. 2012 and 2014 Rep. McNeil has served on the Higher Education, Elementary and Secondary Education, and Education Appropriations committees, as well as the Rules committee (among others), and serves as the Chair of the Democratic Education Caucus. Prior to serving in office Rep. McNeil was a teacher in the Ferguson Florissant School District for 22 years, served on the St. Louis Community College Board of Trustees, and is the recipient of the Jim Coen Silver Citizenship Award from the MNEA.
Steve Meyer is the Director of Environmental Services for Springfield Missouri. He is a Registered Engineer, in Missouri, Illinois and Florida. Mr. Meyer has worked for State, County and Municipal agencies as well as a private Consultant and a Major Marine Contractor. Mr. Meyer is the President of the Association of Missouri Cleanwater Agencies, on the Board of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, and is on the Board of the Wet Weather Partnership and past President of the Missouri Waste Control Coalition.
Kevin O’Keefe, J.D. is currently a partner at Curtis, Heinz, Garrett & O’Keefe, P.C., and municipal attorney for a number of local municipalities. Concentrating his practice in municipal law, urban development and redevelopment, tax increment financing and other economic development tools, Mr. O’Keefe has argued trial and appellate cases in state and federal courts in Missouri and the United States Supreme Court (Quinn v. Millsap, 1989). Mr. O’Keefe’s service as municipal attorney includes consultation with executive and legislative officials on the full range of local government activity; drafting legislation and regulations; consultation and litigation concerning employment matters; review and enforcement supervision in administrative matters; coordination with consultants in other disciplines to write and implement technical codes; and responsibility for all types of local government litigation.
Sara Parker Pauley is the Director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. She was appointed by Gov. Jay Nixon in December 2010. She previously worked as a project manager for D.J. Case & Associates, a natural resources communications firm. In 2006-2007, Ms. Pauley was the Executive Vice President of PrimeGen Power USA, a start-up distributed power energy company based in Missouri. From 2001 to 2005, she served as the deputy director and public liaison of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Ms. Pauley was also chief of staff to former Missouri House Speaker Steve Gaw from 1996-1998. She received both her law degree and her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri – Columbia. She was an instructor at the University of Missouri’s School of Natural Resources, where she taught a course in natural resource policy and administration.