Government Relations

UM Legislative Update Newsletter

March 30, 2007

Legislator Profile: Sen. Kevin Engle

Kevin EnglerSen. Kevin Engler (R-Farmington) was elected to the Senate in 2004 to represent District 3, which includes Carter, Reynolds, Iron, Washington, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve and South Jefferson counties. The University of Missouri has a significant impact in Engler’s district through extension. “The University of Missouri’s Extension Center in St. Francois County includes the Mississippi River Hills, creating tourism in Jefferson County, Ste. Genevieve, and St. Francois,” Engler said.

Engler received degrees in finance/general business and marketing from Southwest Missouri State University, now Missouri State University, in 1981. In addition to his legislative duties, Engler is a registered representative for Edward Jones. He also served six years as mayor of Farmington and one year on the City Council. Prior to his election to the Senate, he served one term in the Missouri House of Representatives.

Engler chairs the Senate’s Commerce, Energy and Environment Committee. He is a member of the Economic Development, Tourism and Local Government; Financial, Government Organizations, and Elections; and Transportation Committees.

Higher education plays an important role in the state’s future, according to Engler. “A better-educated workforce in Missouri will draw in high technology jobs, which will increase incomes as well as support jobs,” Engler said.

“By being aware of corporate trends, the University can help focus students toward high demand careers,” he said.

Engler sees affordability as the greatest challenge facing higher education in Missouri today. “Creating a better link between community colleges and universities is essential in providing affordability, which is the biggest challenge for many lower- and middle-class families,” he said. “Also, major universities need to accept all transfer credits from community colleges.”

The University’s mission is to “help students accomplish their professional goals and therefore succeed in their professional careers as well,” Engler said. “I believe we need to make more students aware of their career development placement office in order to provide help for students to find jobs.”

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