COMO YOU KNOW: Chris Kelly

Monday, April 21, 2014 | 6:59 p.m. CDT; updated 6:34 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 9, 2014

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Chris Kelly

Contact: Rep. Chris Kelly

Phone: 573-751-4189 


Mailing Address: MO House of Representatives, 201 W. Capitol Ave., Room 106B, Jefferson City, MO 65101 

Missouri House of Representatives Website:

Chris Kelly represents District 45, which consists of downtown Columbia. Before redistricting in 2011, he represented southern and western Boone County, according to his biography on the House of Representatives website. He graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from Marist College in 1968 and received his Juris Doctor from MU in 1988. He is married to Nanette Laughrey. They have two children, Hugh and Kate and two grandchildren, Sam and Maryellen.

Representative Chris Kelly has been a public servant for more than three decades. Before becoming a state representative in 1982, he was the Boone County clerk for five years. In 1994, he became chair of the Missouri Labor and Industrial Relations Commission, and in 2000 became Boone County associate circuit judge.

After retiring from the court, friends convinced Kelly to run for the House again, and in 2008, he beat incumbent Republican Ed Robb. He was re-elected in 2010 and 2012, but he will not seek re-election in 2014.

Looking back on his time in the House, Kelly said the most important legislation he was a part of was the Federal Reimbursement Allowance law, which Kelly said set up Missouri's financing mechanism for MO HealthNet. Under the program, hospitals voluntarily give the state money, which Missouri uses to earn matching funds from the federal government.

He was also proud of having been a part of the interim committee that established the Katy Trail.

Kelly enjoys canoeing and downhill skiing. After his current term expires, he is looking forward to spending more time with his grandchildren.


Chris Kelly will not seek another term in Missouri House

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Updated: April 21, 2014

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