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WARRENSBURG - 3/30/2006 - UCM's Student Government Association presented Missouri State Representative David Pearce, Warrensburg, with the 2006 James C. Kirkpatrick Excellence in Governance Award during a ceremony Thursday, April 13, in the James. C. Kirkpatrick Library.
21st Recipient of Award Named for Missouri Statesman
Pearce is the 21st recipient of the award named for the late James C. Kirkpatrick, the Central Missouri alumnus who served 20 years as Missouri's Secretary of State. Past recipients of the award include Gov. Matt Blunt, State Representative Deleta Williams, State Auditor Claire McCaskill and Attorney General Jay Nixon.
|Rep. David Pearce, third from right, received the James C.
Kirkpatrick Excellence in Governance Award Thursday, April
13, from UCM Student Government Association President
Keyon Gaskin, third from left, and UCM President Aaron
Podolefsky, second from right. Also present were, from left,
Jessica Daugherty, SGA Internal Affairs Committee chair,
and Claire Gorman, SGA vice president; and Doris Houx
Kirkpatrick, right, wife of James C. Kirkpatrick.
Kirkpatrick's Impact on Missouri Politics Ackowledged
In receiving the award, Pearce acknowledged the impact Kirkpatrick had on Missouri politics and those whose lives he influenced. In 1986, as he prepared for his run for political office, Pearce visited Kirkpatrick in his home.
"He was more than happy to share his views on politics, elections and public service," Pearce said, noting that Kirkpatrick's bipartisan manner endeared him to all with whom he worked.
Pearce outlined his own views on governance, which included recommendations to "be nice, listen, be accessible and set limits for what you can realistically do." He also noted the advice of veteran politician Tip O'Neill, who said, "All politics is local," and Congressman Ike Skelton, who advises, "Stay close to the people, and they will stay close to you."
"I also believe you must surround yourself with good people," Pearce said. "As I look around the room tonight, I am reminded I am richly blessed."
Warrensburg Native, Elected to Office in 2002
Born in Warrensburg, Pearce attended Central Missouri and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri in 1984. Elected in 2002 to represent Missouri's 121st District, Pearce currently serves on the House Education Appropriations committee and the Higher Education committee. He is vice chairman of the House Job Creation and Economic Development committee, serves on the House Special Committee on Education Funding, and is the vice chair of the Missouri Military Preparedness and Enhancement Commission. He was instrumental in the development of Friends of University of Central Missouri, a caucus group in Jefferson City.
Award Honors Significant Contributions
Since 1986, SGA has presented the Excellence in Governance award to individuals who have significantly contributed to government. The SGA Internal Issues Committee selects the recipient from nominees who promote good governmental procedures, efficiency and economy in government, and policies that are in the public's best interest.
In addition, the recipients are recognized for outstanding contributions and service to Central Missouri, the community, state and nation. Other criteria includes a positive, friendly and cooperative attitude toward the public in performance of governmental functions; an ability to retain the common touch and sense of humor; honesty, integrity, strength of character; and loyalty to family, community, state and nation.