Government Relations

UM Legislative Update Newsletter

March 16, 2007

Rep. Tom Shively (D-Shelbyville)

Rep. Tom Shively

Rep. Tom Shively (D-Shelbyville) was first elected in 2006 to represent District 8, part of Linn, Macon, Shelby and Sullivan counties, in the Missouri House of Representatives. Shively received a bachelor of science degree in agriculture from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1968. The University of Missouri is a “place of new ideas” and a “place that creates new methods of doing things,” Shively said. “You can ‘show us’ here in the ‘Show Me’ state,” he said.

In the House, Shively serves on the Appropriations-Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Elementary and Secondary Education Committees, as well as the Special Committee on Energy and the Environment.

Shively is retired after more than 30 years as a farmer and vocational agriculture director. He also served in the U.S. Air Force.

Shively said he wants to see his district grow economically and increase job opportunities. “Our young people need access to higher education at an affordable price, just like we need broadband Internet access,” he said. “Higher education can help us create these opportunities.”

He notes that the University of Missouri provides the teachers and other professionals who “represent the strong fiber of our communities.”

Other essential University services include health care, which is important to “provide the quality of life we must have.” The University’s mission also includes service and outreach through Extension. “University Extension has the expertise to work with our local businesses to provide economy opportunity,” he said.

In addition to educating the state’s young people, thereby creating economic opportunity, Shively notes the impact of the University’s research. “Your research can help spur innovative ideas that can mean economic growth,” he said. “The University of Missouri can help us create a lasting investment.”


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