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Kenneth Jacob

Running, Democrat for Missouri House of Representatives District 44

Kenneth Jacob

Kenneth Jacob running for Missouri House of Representatives District 44


Full Name: Kenneth 'Ken' B. Jacob Click here for Voting Records
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for State House - District 44  
General Nov. 6, 2012  
Primary Aug. 7, 2012  
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Nancy Sublette; 2 Children: Daniel and Jessica
Birth Date: 01/23/1949
Birth Place: St. Louis, MO
Home City: Columbia, MO




    Juris Doctor of Law, University of Missouri, 1989
    Master Public Administration (M.P.A.), University of Missouri, 1986
    Master Education (M.Ed.), University of Missouri, 1976
    Bachelor of Science in Education, University of Missouri, 1971 Life-time teaching certificate in Social Studies and Economics

Ken is 63-years-old. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri and has lived in Columbia since 1968 and at his current address since 1984.  Ken is married to Nancy Sublette, a health insurance executive who works for United Health Care in St. Louis. They have two grown children:  Daniel (29), who is an Assistant Missouri Attorney General, and Jessica (24), a 2011graduate of Lindenwoods University in St. Charles, and a two-time national dance champion.  Jessica is now employed in San Diego, California.

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WORK HISTORY SUMMARY (1976 to 2012):

    Executive Director, Front Door Counseling and Youth Center, Inc.
    General Practice Attorney
    State Representative, Missouri House of Representatives
    Senator, Missouri State Senate, Senate Democratic Leader
    Chairman (Represented the Public, Quasi-Judicial) , Labor & Industrial Relations Commission (LIRC), Department of Labor
    Executive Director, American Federation of State, County, Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 72 Missouri/Kansas
    General Counsel, Missouri State Auditor’s Office (SAO)
WORK HISTORY IN DETAIL (1976 to 2012):

1976 to 1983
Front Door Counseling and Youth Center, Inc.
Executive Director

Ken completed his Masters’ Degree in Educational Counseling in 1976.  He was trained to conduct individual and group therapy.  His primary interest was working with troubled youth.  During his graduate studies in counseling, Butterfield Youth Services, Inc. employed him to work with delinquent youth.  The Front Door Counseling and Youth Center Inc. recruited Ken to serve on their Board of Directors.  At that time, the Front Door consisted of two full-time employees and an annual budget of $28,000.  One year later, one of the employees resigned and Ken assumed the position of Program Director.  As Program Director he managed a drop-in counseling center for youth with substance abuse and family problems.  During the next three years, Ken and the Executive Director began writing grants to expand the operations.  At that time, they managed eleven employees, two residential shelters, and an outpatient client-counseling center.

When the Executive Director resigned, Ken was promoted to the position.  During the next several years, he was able to expand the annual budget to more than $500,000 by personally writing grants to federal, state and local funding sources. By that time, the organization served thousands of young people and maintained thirty-eight full and part-time employees. Counselors employed by the agency worked in local junior and senior high schools. Ken also started the first Municipal Court alcohol/drug court referral program.  For the first time, youthful offenders were offered treatment to enhance their opportunities for a productive life and reduce recidivism.  As a result of the agency’s reputation and success, Ken was asked to present a seminar at the National Conference on Alcohol and Drug Abuse in Seattle Washington entitled “Environmental Intervention: Adolescent Alcohol and Substance Abuse”.

After being elected to the Legislature, Ken resigned his position as Executive Director and assumed the position of Development Director.  After his first year serving in the Legislature, the new Executive Director resigned and Ken was asked by the Board of Directors to temporarily fill the position.  As the interim Executive Director, Ken was responsible for facilitating the merger of the organization with another counseling agency.  This successfully resulted in the creation of Comprehensive Human Services, Inc.

1990 to 2007
General Practice Attorney
Ken Jacob Law Office

Ken has worked as a general practice attorney since 1990.  His first 4 years after law school, Ken worked as an associate attorney with the Van Matre Law Office.  In 1993, Ken started the Ken Jacob Law Office in Columbia, Missouri. Since becoming a member of the Missouri Bar, Ken has represented hundreds of individuals and entities in numerous areas of law including domestic law, juvenile and adoption law, probate, criminal and traffic law, business law, real estate, employment law, taxation, land use planning, workers’ compensation, personal injury, employment law, administrative law, and telecommunications law.  For several years, he supervised two associate attorneys in his practice.  Ken drafted hundreds of agreements and documents for an extremely diverse population of clients.  Ken has continuously provided pro bono legal services to those in need.

1983 to 1996
Missouri House of Representatives
State Representative

Ken was elected to serve seven terms in the Missouri House of Representatives.  In each re-election bid, he received more than 60% of voter approval.  During his fourteen years in the Missouri House, Ken served as Chairman of three important committees including the Committee on Governmental Review, the Committee on Higher Education, and the Committee on Ways and Means.  Ken also served on the Judiciary Committee, Civil and Criminal Justice Committee, Critical Issues Committee, Education and Education Appropriations Committee, Social Services and Mental Health Appropriations Committee and the Committee on Children, Youth and Families.

As Chair of Governmental Review Ken was able to reform Missouri’s procurement laws and received a legislator of the year award from an organization of procurement professionals.
As Chairman of the Committee on Higher Education, Ken worked with many higher education coalitions, and was instrumental in rebuilding the University of Missouri-Columbia campus by securing funding for numerous new buildings. The last bill he personally sponsored in the Senate secured funds for the Mizzou Sports Arena. During Ken’s years in the legislature, Ken was instrumental in securing a new building project almost every year of his 22 years. In some years there were more than two projects approved. Ken’s efforts helped to modernize the University of Missouri. There have been no new state funded building projects since Ken was term limited in 2004.

Ken’s most recognized accomplishments were in the area of student financial aid.  Ken was the author and creator of several new scholarship and loan programs including the “Bright Flight” Scholarship program that encourages the state’s best and brightest student’s to remain in Missouri. Approximately, $300,000,000 has been invested in this program since its inception in 1986. After the bill passed, the departure of Missouri’s brightest students declined dramatically. Ken’s “Bright Flight” Scholarship legislation may be the most important student financial aid bill in Missouri history. Governor Jay Nixon recognized the importance of the legislation in his 2012 State of the State Speech.

As Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means, Ken was recognized as an authority on state tax policy.  In 1995, he was the House floor sponsor of the bill that removed the state sales tax on food.  That year the bill passed unanimously in the House but failed in the Senate.  That year Governor Mel Carnahan and Senate candidate Ken Jacob made the bill the focus of their campaigns.  The bill became law the next year in Ken’s first year in the Senate. The price of food in Missouri remains less expensive today thanks to Ken’s efforts.

Throughout his legislative career Ken had the opportunity to sponsor and pass numerous bills.  That requires analytical skills, planning, drafting and writing, and negotiating.  He was required to consider, craft, debate, advocate or oppose public policy on almost every issue imaginable.

1996 to 2004
Missouri State Senate
Senator/ Senate Democratic Leader

Ken was elected to the Missouri State Senate in 1996 and re-elected in 2000.  During his eight years of service in the Senate, he served as Assistant Majority Floor Leader and Minority Floor Leader.  As Democratic Minority Floor Leader, he was the highest-ranking Democrat in the Missouri General Assembly.  Over these years, Ken successfully passed significant legislation by becoming an effective debater/negotiator and a master of Senate rules and procedure.  He was the author and sponsor of the largest tax cuts in the State’s history that reduced taxes for both individuals and small businesses.   Additionally, he was the author and sponsor of the “Missouri College Guarantee”, which made it possible for thousands of students to have the opportunity to attend college.  He also served as Chairman of the Interstate Cooperation Committee and the Insurance and Public Housing Committee, and on several other important committees including: Judiciary, Ways and Means, Education and Senate Administration.   Ken received numerous “Legislators of the Year” awards during his eight years in the Senate, and was recognized by the Missouri Bar and the Judges of Missouri for his many legislative contributions.

Labor & Industrial Relations Commission (LIRC)
Department of Labor

 In August 2004, Governor Bob Holden appointed Ken Chairman of the LIRC.  The LIRC is a quasi-judicial body that reviews Worker’s Compensation, Employment Security, Prevailing Wage and Victim’s Compensation legal appeals.  The Commissioners are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Missouri Senate.  The Commission is composed of three members; one member represents employers; one member represents employees; and the Chairman, (who is the only member that is required to be an attorney), represents the general public. Due to a partisan change in the Office of Governor, this appointment was for a very short time. Although he only held this position for five months, it was still valuable judicial experience and Ken was able to make several rulings with precedential value that made the law more just for employees and employers.

American Federation of State, County, Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 72 Missouri/Kansas
Executive Director

AFSCME is a public employee union consisting of 1.4 million members in the United States. In late 2004, AFSCME International Union recruited Ken to become Executive Director of AFSCME Council 72 Missouri/Kansas.  Council 72 was made up of twenty-three local organizations consisting of 6,000 members throughout Missouri and Kansas.
His first day on the job was Governor Matt Bunt’s first day in office.  Blunt’s first official act was to repeal the departing Governor Holden’s Executive Order, establishing public employee collective bargaining and rescinding the existing contracts between the State and AFSCME.  These actions resulted in AFSCME losing nearly half its membership over the next few months.  It was Ken’s responsibility to negotiate new written agreements between the State and AFSCME for two groups of state employees under the “Meet and Confer” law.  After months of negotiations, Ken successfully negotiated and crafted new agreements between the State and AFSCME employee bargaining groups.  In addition, while Executive Director, Ken supervised and collaborated with the international union, business agents, a lobbyist, in-house counsel and fiscal personnel. He was also involved in political and legislative strategic planning.

January, 2007 to January 2011
Missouri State Auditor’s Office (SAO)
General Counsel

The SAO has offices in Jefferson City, St. Louis, Kansas City and Springfield and employs approximately 140 employees. The SAO is a Missouri Constitutional office that has statutory authority to conduct financial and performance audits of state and local government. The SAO audits statewide offices, including the Office of Governor, major state departments and local government entities such as counties, cities, courts, schools and special-purpose districts.  The SAO also certifies property tax rates for local governments, approves the authorization of bonds for local governments and schools.  Additionally, the SAO prepares fiscal notes for initiative petitions and legislative resolutions for constitutional and statutory changes to be considered by the citizens of Missouri.
The General Counsel serves as the lawyer to the SAO. The legal activities were diverse.

A common responsibility includes working with the Attorney General’s Office on claims attacking the sufficiency and fairness of SAO fiscal notes for ballot initiatives. These claims have become increasingly more frequent as initiative petitions become more common. Since becoming General Counsel all of the SAO’s fiscal notes have been sustained by the court.
Occasionally, it is necessary to enforce the powers of the SAO.  It was not uncommon for auditees to resist SAO audits. In some cases, it becomes necessary to legally compel an auditee to produce information necessary to conduct audits.

Additionally, the General Counsel must review bond transcripts from political subdivisions that have authority to issue bonds. In 2009, the SAO certified more than 200 bonds authorizing more than 1 billion dollars.

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