Government Relations

UM Legislative Update Newsletter

April 14, 2006

Legislator profile: Rep. Sam Page

 

Rep. Page

Rep. Sam Page (D-Creve Coeur) graduated with distinction from the University of Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a minor in Spanish. He also received his doctor of medicine degree from UMKC. “Without a doubt-the social life at UMKC was a great experience,” Page said. “I was exposed to different cultures and ethnic backgrounds that were not found in my home town in rural Missouri.”

Page was active in student organizations during his undergraduate years, serving as president of the student government. “I enjoyed my time as president of the student government at UMKC,” Page said. “We went to Division I basketball and built a new rec enter. I learned a great deal about building consensus and finding compromise.”

During medical school, he was again elected president of the student government. He also was selected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society.

“There are many professors who were a great resource for me in both my undergraduate years and during medical school – and since I have graduated,” he said. “They taught me how to absorb and apply a great deal of information and use available resources to leverage a better understanding of new material.”

Following medical school at UMKC, Page completed a residency in anesthesiology at Northwestern University Medical School and a fellowship in pain management at Washington University Medical School. He is a practicing physician who is board certified in anesthesiology and pain management.

Page was appointed in 2000 to the Missouri Senior Rx Program by the late-Gov. Mel Carnahan. Prior to his service in the House, he served as a city council member in Creve Coeur, Mo., where he resides with his wife, Dr. Jennifer Page, and their three children.

He was first elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 2002 to represent part of St. Louis County, District 82. In the House, he serves on the Appropriations-Education, Professional Registration and Licensing, Insurance Policy, and Health Care Policy Committees.

The University of Missouri has a significant impact on Page’s district. “I have four major hospitals in my district,” he said. “Many physicians, nurses, and other health care providers received education and training from the University of Missouri. I expect the University researchers to discover innovative medical treatments that will be available to my constituents.”

Higher education’s role in the future of Missouri is to provide a “world-class education for the next generation of teachers, business leaders, and professionals,” Page said. This also includes providing an educated and well-trained workforce for a technology-based economy, he said.

The University of Missouri’s mission is to provide a world-class education and to lead the state in scientific and industrial research, Page said.

“One of the University’s most important obligations is economic development,” he said. “The University must seek public-private partnerships, lead in scientific and industrial research, and facilitate market application of new and emerging technology.”

According to Page, the greatest challenges facing Missouri higher education are prioritizing state government resources to obtain adequate funding and holding tuition growth to maintain access to higher education for all Missouri families.

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