Government Relations

UM Legislative Update Newsletter

August 8, 2005

Profile: Rep. John Quinn

Rep. John Quinn (R-Chillicothe), chair of the Appropriations/Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, attended Northwest State University and the University of Missouri-Columbia. "University of Missouri Extension provides a good service in our county. We need to make sure that Extension is not cut - it provides needed services in the rural areas of our state and certainly in my district," Quinn said.

Quinn was first elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in August 2001 to fill an unexpired term to represent Caldwell, Carroll, and Livingston Counties, and part of Clinton County, District 7.

Quinn notes that higher education plays an important role as the lifeblood of our state. "Higher education represents the next generation of our state, and it is very important to have highly qualified people for the future," he said. "The economic development provided by the University of Missouri also is important - the jobs it provides and the research we are doing in our state."

One of the biggest challenges Quinn sees for the University is funding, as well as ensuring that the opportunity is there for anyone who wants access to higher education.

Quinn has been a self-employed farmer for more than 30 years. He also is a member of the Farm Bureau, past county president; Livingston County Soil and Water Board, past chairman; Missouri Corn Growers Association; Show-Me Quality Grain; Chillicothe Young Farmers; Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce; Ducks Unlimited; and the Missouri Soybean Association.

As a farmer, Quinn knows that the University's emphasis on agriculture is important. "Agriculture and life sciences are very important to our state, and at the University those things all fit together."

Quinn would like to see the University continue to work on agricultural and rural issues with the Missouri Corn Growers and Missouri Soybean Association. He cites soybean rust and animal identification issues as two examples. "It is important to have the University involved, and we need to go beyond what has already been done."

Quinn's connection with the University goes even further - his daughter earned her degree in agriculture economics from UM-Columbia. "You educated my daughter," Quinn laughs, "and that was an important impact to me!"

His district receives additional benefits from the University. "We can't overlook the importance of all of the people from my district who come to the University and receive their degrees," Quinn said.

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