Government Relations

UM Legislative Update Newsletter

February 16, 2007

Legislator profile: Rep. Mike Talboy

Mike TalboyAs a Kangaroo, Rep. Mike Talboy (D-Kansas City) has a passion for his alma mater and wants to see the University of Missouri-Kansas City continue to grow to meet the needs of the urban community it serves. Talboy graduated from UMKC in 2000 with a communications degree and then went on to attain his juris doctorate in 2002, also from UMKC. He now represents the district that UMKC's Hospital Hill calls home and views the campus as a leader in a community. "UMKC plays an immense role in Kansas City and has a very large responsibility because we're well beyond the six-year medical school program and pharmacy program," he said.

"UMKC is on the crux of being the institution of choice in Kansas City," Talboy said. "It's great because Kansas City has its own, well-thought of University to call its own."

In his new position as state representative, Talboy is dedicated to improving higher education in Missouri and already has been evaluating ways to improve upon the current system, which requires more than one ingredient, he said.

"I don't think there is any one silver bullet," he said. "You have to make sure you have a round loaded in every chamber. You obviously need to fund the institution, but you also need to support loans and other financial aid programs and you obviously want to make sure you have the facilities and top-notch research. You want to make sure you have all the resources available."

Talboy serves on three House committees, including the Local Government Committee, the Rules Committee and the Special Committee on Healthcare Facilities.

As a practicing attorney, Talboy also is a member of the Missouri Bar Association and the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Kansas/Western Missouri chapter of the ACLU and is a member of the Committee for County Progress in Jackson County, Mo., where he served on the Board of Directors.

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