Government Relations

UM Legislative Update Newsletter

April 21, 2006

Legislator profile: Sen. Dan Clemens

 

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Sen. Dan Clemens (R-Marshfield) sees the impact of the University of Missouri in the lives of all those in his legislative district – which includes the counties of Christian, Douglas, Webster and part of Greene – that have been impacted by the University. “This year I have 571 students from the 20th senatorial district enrolled at one of the University’s four campuses,” Clemens said. In addition, there are 2,460 alumni in his district, including a majority of the area’s physicians, dentists and nearly all the veterinarians. “These folks are the community leaders in the district,” he said.

Clemens himself is a University alum, having earned a master’s degree in agriculture from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

As Chair of the Agriculture, Conservation, Parks and Natural Resources Committee in the Senate, he recognizes the importance of agriculture to the state of Missouri.

“The University’s contribution to economic development in the state is huge,” Clemens said. “For example, many of our citizens fail to recognize that agriculture is the largest industry in our state. The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at MU is a national leader in federally-funded research.”

Clemens also notes the importance of University of Missouri Extension, which he describes as the “University’s presence in every county of the state.”

“The University is Missouri’s research university,” he said. “It has a service mission as well.”

Clemens was born on the family farm in Webster County where he still resides today. Prior to his service in the Senate, he ran a large dairy operation on the farm. Today he operates the third-generation family farm and raises row crops.

He was first elected to the Senate in 2002. In addition to serving as Chair of the Agriculture Committee, he is a member of the Aging, Families, Mental and Public Health and Small Business, Insurance and Industrial Relations committees.

Clemens also remains active in community organizations. He has served as president of the Marshfield School Board, the Soil and Water Commission and the Agriculture Advisory Committee. He previously served as a state corporate board member of the Missouri Farmer’s Association (MFA), Inc. and as president of the Webster Electric Co-op Foundation Board.

“Higher education is and will be the primary economic development driver for the state,” he said. “We must strive to keep higher education affordable and accessible to all Missourians.”

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