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Representative Chris Kelly is currently serving his third term in the Missouri House of Representatives, after having previously served from 1983-1994.


2013

Election Minority Caucus Vice-Chair

Legislative committees on which serving:

  • Appropriations – Infrastructure and Job Creation, Chairman
  • Joint Committee on Legislative Research
  • Joint Committee on Capital Improvements and Leases Oversight
  • Budget
  • Agri-Business
  • Health Care Policy
  • Judiciary
  • Oral Health Issue Development

2012

Legislative committees on which served:

  • Budget Committee
  • Interim Committee on Budget Transparency
  • Chair – House Appropriations Committee for Public Safety and Corrections
  • Judiciary Committee
  • Agri-Business Committee
  • Special Standing Committee on Election Contests
  • Joint Committee on Legislative Research
  • Joint Committee on Capital Improvements and Leases Oversight
  • Interim Committee on Criminal Justice
  • Special Standing Committee on Government Oversight and Accountability

2011

Legislative committees on which served:

  • House Budget Committee
  • Chair – House Appropriations Committee for Public Safety and Corrections
  • Budget Transparency Committee
  • Judiciary Committee
  • Joint Committee on Capital Improvements and Leases Oversight
  • Special Standing Committee on Election Contests

2010

Legislative committees on which served:

  • Budget
  • Elections
  • Ethics
  • Judiciary
  • Joint Committee on Capital Improvements & Leases Oversight
  • Joint Committee on MO Health Net
  • Joint Committee on Oversight of Federal Stimulus & Stabilization Funds
  • Special Standing Committee on Emerging Issues in Animal Agriculture

2009

Legislative committees on which served:

  • Budget (ranking member)
  • Elections
  • Ethics
  • Special Standing Committee on Emerging Issues in Animal Agriculture
  • Joint Committee on Missouri HealthNet

2008

Elected as Missouri State Representative in the 24th Legislative District

Major Legislative Accomplishments–– 2008-2013

  • Sponsored the creation of the Missouri Psychiatric Center
  • Responsible for the organ donor check-off program on tax forms
  • Led the effort to build the overpass at Columbia Regional Airport
  • Handled the Amy Hester Student Protection Act in the House
  • Sponsored the Veterans Home Funding Bill
  • Helped to lead the way in rewriting state Domestic Violence law
  • Sponsored the budget appropriation for Caring for Missouri

Recent Legislative Awards:

  • 2012 University of Missouri Flagship Council Award
  • 2012 Missouri Bar Association Legislative Award
  • 2012 Asphalt Paving Association Outstanding Legislator of the Year
  • 2011 Geyer Public Service Award from the University of Missouri Alumni Association
  • 2011 American Legion Representative of the Year for Missouri
  • 2011 Alliance of Alumni Associations and Extension Presidential Citation Award
  • 2011 University of Missouri Graduate-Professional Council Award for Leadership in Graduate Education
  • 2011 Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers Legislative Excellence Award
  • 2010 Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Legislator of the Year Award
  • 2010 Missouri Association of Realtors Legislative Award
  • 2009 Missouri Community College Association Distinguished Legislator Award
  • 2009 Missouri Association of Veterans Legislator of the Year Award

2000-2006

Associate Court Judge, 13th Judicial District – Boone County

1994-2000

Chairman, Missouri Labor and Industrial Relations Commission

1983-1994

Missouri House of Representatives:

  • Budget Chair, 1991-1994
  • Budget Vice Chair 1985-1991
  • Committee Member: Legislative Research, Budget Control, Revenue and Economics, Elections, Insurance, Joint Committee on Desegregation (Chair), Joint Committee on the 1993 Flood (Chair)

Major Legislative Accomplishments:

  • Led the effort in the Missouri House to establish the Katy Trail
  • Brought MO Employers Mutual Insurance to Columbia
  • Sponsored Federal Reimbursement Allowance Legislation that brought billions of federal healthcare dollars to Missouri
  • Sponsored durable power of attorney for healthcare
  • Championed campaign finance reform

1977-1982

Boone County Clerk

1972-1977

Central Missouri Counties’ Human Development Corporation

  • Associate Director (1975-1977)
  • Cole County Director (1972-1975)

Education

  • B.A. Marist College (1968)
  • J.D. University of Missouri (1988)

Personal

  • Married for 42 years, two children, one grandson
  • Member, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish
  • Member, ACLU
  • Lifetime Member, Missouri Whitewater Association