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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
WARRENSBURG, MO (March 18, 2008) - Honoring his commitment to Missourians and his role in state government, UCM's Student Government Association will present Paul LeVota, Democratic representative of the 52nd House District from Independence, with the 2008 James C. Kirkpatrick Excellence in Governance Award.
LeVota will become the 23rd recipient of the award at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3 in the first floor reading area of the James C. Kirkpatrick Library. The public is invited to attend.
Rep. Paul LeVota
UCM Alumnus Elected to Missouri House of Representatives
Born in Independence, LeVota earned a bachelor's degree in speech communication and political science from UCM, where he served as vice-president of the Student Government Association, and a master's degree in management from Baker University. Elected in 2002 to represent Missouri's 52nd District, LeVota has served on the House Budget Committee, the Utilities Committee, the Homeland Security and Veteran Affairs Committee, and the Appropriations for Education Committee. He has been the driving force behind the House Democrats' "Moving Missouri Forward Plan," an innovative legislative agenda to improve state government.
Recognized for Contributions to Good Government
LeVota was awarded the "Best New Legislator of the Year" by the Show-Me Council for Responsibility and Accountability in Government. He also has received "The Hero for Healthcare Award" from the AFT Healthcare Midwest, and was named "Defender of Patient’s Safety" by Missouri Watch Coalition. In 2006 he was named a "Champion of Justice" by the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys. He was also awarded the Horace Mann Friend of Education Award by Missouri NEA in 2007.
In addition to monthly newsletters, and town hall meetings, LeVota produces a monthly column in local newspapers to exchange ideas and concerns with constituents of the 52nd District.
Annual Award Named for UCM Alumus James C. Kirkpatrick
Since 1986, the 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.
The award is named for the late James C. Kirkpatrick, the UCM alumnus who served 20 years as Missouri's Secretary of State. Past recipients of the award include Gov. Matt Blunt, State Representative Deleta Williams, Senator Claire McCaskill, Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon, Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan and State Representative David Pearce.