Interview With Kevin McManus, Mayor Pro Tem, Councilman 6th District

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Mayor Pro Tem Kevin McManus represents Kansas City’s 6th District, which is the same district where he was born and raised. He was first elected to the City Council in 2015. After his re-election in 2019, Mayor Quinton Lucas appointed Kevin to serve as the Mayor Pro Tem, which requires him to perform certain mayoral duties in the absence of the Mayor. Kevin was also appointed to serve as a member of the Finance, Governance, and Public Safety Committee.

During his time on the Council, Kevin has distinguished himself as a thoughtful leader, focusing on consensus-driven policies for our city. As a two-term member of the Finance committee, he continues to have a direct role in crafting the city budget that makes sure public dollars are invested wisely throughout the city. Kevin has also been instrumental on the Council in passing a number of vital initiatives in his district, including:

East Brookside / 63rd Street Corridor Redevelopment
Waldo / Wornall Corridor Infrastructure Investments
The Red Bridge Shopping Center Redevelopments
Ruskin and Hickman Mills Shared Success Initiative
Martin City Infrastructure Improvements
Increased Funding for Public Safety and Enforcement
The 6th District encompasses the south and southwestern region of Kansas City, Missouri (View a Map of the District).

Prior to being elected to the City Council, Kevin served as a State Representative in the Missouri General Assembly. He was first elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 2010 and was re-elected 2012 and 2014.

As a State Representative, Kevin was a leading voice for passing ethics and campaign finance reforms aimed at increasing transparency and accountability in state government. He fought for passage of legislation to end the tax credit, job-poaching “border war” between Kansas and Missouri. Kevin also passed legislation to support Kansas City’s free health clinic and support Kansas City’s veteran, mental health and drug courts.

Kevin is also an attorney in private practice and a member of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, as well as the Missouri and Kansas Bars. In 2012, the Missouri Bar awarded Kevin a legislative award for his work to improve the administration of justice in the state of Missouri.

Kevin is a graduate from Rockhurst High School and earned his undergraduate degree in Government (summa cum laude) from the University of Notre Dame in 2001 and his law degree (with honors) from St. Louis University School of Law in 2006. Kevin resides in south Kansas City with his wife Alejandra (“Alex”) and their two sons.

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