Government Relations

UM Legislative Update Newsletter

May 6, 2005

Profile: Rep. Scott Rupp

According to Rupp, the nearly 2,000 University of Missouri alumni who live in his district add to the fabric of society. "They are well-prepared, and they have the tools to succeed and do not need to be retrained," he said. "For employers, that is a big plus."

"Mizzou is the premier flagship institution in the state, which will lead us into the next century and be on the cutting-edge of technology, research and instruction," he said. "It has a very specific mission for the state, and it fulfills that mission very well."

It is easy for Rupp to name his fondest memory from his undergraduate days at the University: falling in love with his wife, Natalie.

"We met early on and dated on and off," he said. Natalie was a member of Delta Gamma and Rupp of Phi Kappa Psi, and the two fraternity houses were right across the street from each other. "She majored in nutrition and business, and I majored in political science. She always said I had the fluff classes and she had the tough ones."

While at MU, Rupp was vice president of the College Republicans and volunteered on a lot of campaigns. His most memorable professor was Robin Remington in political science. Remington's hands-on approach to implementing political ideology in a classroom setting brought subjects like the fall of Yugoslavia to life for Rupp, who still remembers the class to this day.

Rupp was first elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 2002 to represent District 13, part of St. Charles and Warren Counties.

As vice chair of the Higher Education Committee, one of Rupp’s goals is to address financial aid. "We need to come up with a comprehensive road map for the future," he said. "We need to get the state, the CBHE and the institutions on the same page. We considered a bill this year that started the process of building a formula for higher education, and I look forward to continuing to work on that process."

The greatest challenge facing higher education is affordability, Rupp said. "It is a challenge to provide quality education at a level that competes with today’s marketplace and at the same time keep it affordable to Missourians."

Rupp feels that higher education is the engine that drives economic development for the state. "It is the key to providing a highly educated workforce and that is an important component to economic growth," he said. "Higher education provides the top-notch quality education for students, and then hopefully we keep them in Missouri after they graduate."

Outside of his legislative duties, Rupp owns a college prep company with his brother, also an MU graduate. The company, Educational Funding & Financial Aid Specialists, provides college preparatory classes and testing, and also helps parents prepare students to enter college "without going broke in the process." Many of their students go on to attend the University of Missouri.

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