Government Relations

UM Legislative Update Newsletter

April 7, 2006

Legislator Profile: Sen. Tim Green

State Senator Joan Bray

Sen. Tim Green (D-St. Louis) received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. As a student at UMSL, he remembers several semesters of taking classes in the evening and studying during the day. “I don’t know if I would say they are my fondest, but I do remember spending 14 hour days on campus,” Green said. He also recalls some of his most memorable professors, including Professor Rod Wright, who taught urban politics many years ago, and Terry Jones, a current professor of political science.

Prior to his service in the Senate, Green served in the Missouri House of Representatives from 1989-2002, where during his last two years he served as chair of the Budget Committee. Public service is a family tradition: Green is the grandson of former state Rep. Thomas Walsh, who served in the House from 1944-1972.

Green now represents part of North St. Louis County (District 13) in the Senate. The St. Louis campus impacts Green and his constituents. “Residents of North County St. Louis continue to benefit from UMSL programs and community offerings that enrich our lives,” Green said. “It is important for the system to be a partner in community-building projects and to host conferences and seminars open to local residents.”

In the Senate, Green serves on the Appropriations; Commerce, Energy and the Environment; Small Business, Insurance and Industrial Relations; and Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics Committees.

In addition to his legislative duties, Green works as a construction electrician for Briner Electrical Co. He graduated from the Electrical Industry Training Center IBEW NECA in 1987.

Higher education in the state faces many challenges, according to Green, including “identifying ways to increase enrollment; enhancing the affordability for all students regardless of their families’ income level; and increasing both the civic and economic benefits of higher education beyond a statistically higher salary over their lifetimes.”

“Missouri’s higher education performance on a variety of indicators puts the state at or slightly below the median of several other states when considering preparation, participation, completion, funding, affordability and benefits,” Green said. “The University of Missouri should offer courses in high-demand fields of study to prepare our 21st-century workforce, enabling Missouri to effectively compete in the global economy.”

The University plays an important role in economic development and job training, Green said. “The important linkages between K-12 education, higher education and economic development have been noted,” he said. “Missouri’s working adults need job-related training and, increasingly, retraining that the University can provide.”

Green said the University of Missouri has a strong tradition of academic excellence and quality performance. “The system should explore innovative approaches regarding higher education delivery,” he said. “To foster such innovation, a portion of state funding should be used to reward institutions for quality performance, expanded evening offerings and distance learning opportunities.”

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