Term Limits Conference Speaker Bios

Invited Opening Speaker

waynegoodeWayne Goode
Wayne Goode was elected to the Missouri Legislature in November, 1962. After serving 22 years in the House of Representatives, he was elected to the Missouri Senate in 1984. He represented the 13th Senatorial District in St. Louis County until his retirement in 2005. He served as Vice Chair and Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee from 1995 to 2000, and served on many other panels including the Governor’s Advisory Council on Local Government Law. A former officer of the United States Army Reserve, he is a member of numerous boards, including the Missouri Historical Society, Ozark Natural Resources Foundation and the Consumers Council of Missouri. Most recently, he has served as the Vice Chairman of Board of Curators at University of Missouri System and as the Director of Missouri Foundation for Health. Mr. Goode has been honored by the University of Missouri – St. Louis for his work in sponsoring legislation that established the university.

Invited Scholars & Advocates

paulPaul 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.”

thadDr. Thad Kousser
Dr. Thad Kousser has authored, co-authored, or edited the books The Power of American Governors (Cambridge University Press, 2012), Politics in the American States, 10th Edition (CQ Press, 2012), The Logic of American Politics, 4th and 5th Editions (CQ Press, 2009 and 2011), The New Political Geography of California (Berkeley Public Policy Press, 2008), Term Limits and the Dismantling of State Legislative Professionalism (Cambridge University Press, 2005), and Adapting to Term Limits: Recent Experiences and New Directions (Public Policy Institute of California, 2004) His 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.

marjorieMarjorie Sarbaugh-Thompson
Marjorie Sarbaugh-Thompson is the primary author of The Political and Institutional Effects of Term Limits (Palgrave, 2004). She is the principal investigator of a 13-year research project studying the effects of term limits on the Michigan legislature. This project has produced articles in publications such as State Politics and Policy Quarterly and Legislative Studies Quarterly, as well as numerous conference papers. She regularly speaks to government and civic groups and has been interviewed on radio and television on the subject. Her other work includes a chapter in Morality Politics in American Cities (Sharpe) and a benefit-cost analysis of the effect of childhood lead exposure.

valentineDr. David Valentine
Dr. David Valentine is the retiring Associate Director for Public Service at the Truman School of Public Affairs. He has been a Research Associate Professor at the School since 2002, where he directs the Legislative Academy, supervises the applied research conducted by the Institute of Public Policy, provides training for non-profit organizations and government officials, and conducts applied research. He has had contracts with several state agencies, including the Secretary of State, the State Courts Administrator, and the Department of Public Safety. Dr. Valentine worked for almost 25 years in the Missouri Senate Division of Research, including 16 years as the Director. He also served on the Governor’s Commission on Management and Productivity, a mid-90’s public-private initiative to improve operations and management practices in state government.

Invited Panelists

lwvLinda Claire McDaniel
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.

francFranc Flotron
Franc Flotron was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 1982. He served as Assistant Minority Floor Leader in the House from 1986 to 1988. Elected to the Senate in 1988 representing the 7th District, Senator Flotron became the youngest Republican Minority Floor Leader ever in 1992 and was re-elected to that position in 1994. Senator Flotron was a leader in areas dealing with the business environment, education, health care, economic development and campaign finance reform. Now a principal at Flotron & McIntosh Governmental Consultants, Senator Flotron brings the perspective of both a legislator and a lobbyist to the issue of term limits.

chrisChris Kelly
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.

stevenSteven Tilley
Steven Tilley was elected to represent the District 106th of the Missouri House from 2005 to 2012. He is the recipient of numerous legislative awards and was elected as the Majority Leader in 2008 and then as the Speaker of the House for the 2012. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri – Saint Louis School of Optometry and Southeast Missouri State University. He has been a member of Perryville Optimist Club, Missouri Right to Life, National Rifle Association, Missouri Optometric Association, American Optometric Association, National Federation of Independent Business and the Missouri Chamber of Commerce.

gregGreg Upchurch
Greg Upchurch is a practicing intellectual property litigator for over 30 years and served as the chairman of Missourians for Limited Terms, the primary organization behind the passage of term limits in 1992. He is also past chair of the Legal Education Committee and the Editorial Board of the Missouri Bar as well as having been appointed by Governor Blunt to the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education where he currently serves as vice-chair. Upchurch is an adjunct Professor at Washington University Law School and the author of a three-volume work on intellectual property litigation as well as the founder of LegalMetric, a source of legal tools and expertise for intellectual property litigators.

robinwrightRobin Wright-Jones
Robin Wright-Jones is a former Democratic member of the Missouri State Senate, representing District 5 from since 2009 to 2013. While in the House, she served as Chair of the House Democratic Caucus from 2003 to 2007, Chair of the St. Louis Regional Caucus in 2004, Chair of the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus from 2007 to 2008, and the St. Louis City Caucus from 2007 to 2008. She served in the Missouri State House from 2002 to 2009, winning a special election to the Missouri State House in 2002. Wright-Jones received her diploma from Beaumont High School and attended the University of Missouri, Saint Louis. Outside of politics, Wright-Jones has worked as a Real Estate Broker and was the Executive Director of the Ville Area Neighborhood Housing Association, Incorporated. She has been owner of Arjen One, LLC, since 2006.

Featured Speakers


Dr. Thad Kousser
Associate Professor of Political Science at UCSD, and Author of: Term Limits and the Dismantling of State Legislative Professionalism (Cambridge, 2005)


Former Speaker of the Missouri House Steven Tilley
Elected to the House in 2004 from the 106th District, Speaker Tilley became Speaker of the House for the 96th Legislative Session


Rep. Chris Kelly

Served in the House of Representatives from District 24 from 1982-1992, and again from 2008-2014

Co-Sponsors

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