Say hello to MY new state rep.-elect —-our long time family friend and former campaign manager, Ian Mackey.
I first met Ian in early 2008 when I was looking for a campaign manager in my first race. He was tasked with hanging a huge banner from the ceiling in Kayak’s coffee shop on Skinker as Chelsea Clinton spoke to an overflow crowd. I was impressed because Ian insisted on making sure the banner was hung right – even though the program had begun and he was perched precariously from a huge ladder. His persistance and determination to do a good job were qualities I admired.
Fast forward, Ian managed my 2008 and 2009 special election campaigns as he graduated from Westminster College in Fulton and continued his career in early childhood education. He moved to Boston to work for a Harvard University sponsored preschool and attend law school. His plan was always to move back to Missouri with his J.D. and be involved in policy affecting education, criminal justice reform and reproductive rights. His husband is Stephen Eisele, a healthcare advocacy & communications professional with Community Catalyst and also a board member of Missouri Healthcare for All.
Ian just completed the two week extensive Missouri House freshman tour, the only Democrat incoming legislator who was able to attend every event around the state. I’m proud he was a star during their legislative training and mock floor debates.
As you might imagine, Ian and I talk policy and procedures frequently. I’ve tried to pass along my best recommendations – although Ian’s experience in the Missouri Secretary of State office and his work testifying this past year has put him ahead of many. He is still awaiting committee assignments which we hope come before the new year.
Great news —my longtime legislative assistant Adam Speak, MWS will continue on as Ian’s staffer. Adam knows the 87th district well, has expertise in constituent affairs and is a policy guru, particularly in areas of social services, election laws, gun violence prevention and reproductive rights. The 87th office number will remain the same —573.751.0100 but his office location in the Capitol will change. His email will be firstname.lastname@example.org but won’t go live until January 8th.
As a term-limited legislator, you can bet I am paying attention to pre-filed bills which won’t be assigned to committees until after session begins. You can check them out – HERE. Traditionally, GOP legislators (who control the MO House & Senate) pre-file but bills can be filed up until March. I am playing close attention to reproductive restrictions, gun lobby and voter rights bills – many which have been filed in the past or I’ve heard in committee or debated on the floor. Bills start fresh every January and often take several sessions to get to the Governor’s desk.
Ian has a lot to do these next few weeks before session starts, including drafting his own legislation. I’m hoping he’ll sponsor a few of my long time bills.
I’m looking forward to working closely with Rep-Elect Ian Mackey as he starts his tenure and have already warned him that I will be an active constitutent (as if he didn’t know).
If you live in the 87th district, I hope you’ll reach out to him and be involved too. If you live elsewhere, I can assure you that Ian will be a vocal progressive champion in the Missouri House and will also need your support.
I’m confident Ian is well prepared to begin the 100th General Assembly and will serve us all with professionalism, dedication and honor.
Happy Holidays to each of you and may the New Year bring health, prosperity and peace to your family and to our entire community.