Government Relations

UM Legislative Update Newsletter

February 23, 2007

Rep. Fred Kratky

Rep. Fred KratkyRep. Fred Kratky (D-St. Louis) was first elected in 2002 to represent District 65 in the Missouri House of Representatives. "Higher education is the key to an educated workforce. In St. Louis we are fortunate to have a community college system, private higher education institutions, a specialized regional university in Harris-Stowe, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus." In Kratky's district, part of St. Louis City, UMSL prepares graduates for the knowledge-based economy. "UMSL is training a large percentage of the management workforce in the St. Louis metropolitan area. In that and many other fields they are helping to provide a trained workforce," Kratky said.

Today's students have educational choices, Kratky notes, but education at all levels is critical. "Very few of my high school classmates went to college. Today the numbers are much higher. We must have these people for Missouri to grow and continue to be an excellent place to live," he said.

The challenge, according to Kratky, is to keep higher education affordable. "The University of Missouri needs to consider as one of its goals to provide a college education to 'any' Missourian. Students need to be well-prepared for college. They represent our future professionals who will tend to us when we are sick, improve the profitability of our companies, teach our children and do the research to make our lives better," he said.

Kratky is a Real Estate Broker in addition to his duties in the General Assembly. In the House, he currently serves as a member of the Special Committee on Job Creation and Economic Development, Special Committee on Tourism, and Special Committee on Professional Registration and Licensing.

As the ranking minority party member on the economic development committee, Kratky recognizes higher education's role and impact in economic development throughout the state. "Higher education is constantly referred to as the engine driving Missouri, and it is the economic development train driving our growth," he said. "Higher education and those seeking to see Missouri grow economically are partners."

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