Mike Slattery, a fifth generation Kansan who was born in Topeka, is a true servant leader and a fresh face on the Kansas political landscape. Mike and his wife, Jenny, have been investing in the future of Kansas as an energetic and dynamic team in the city of Mission and in youth initiatives in the Kansas City area.
Two weeks after the 2008 election, Mike and Jenny were blessed with a daughter, Claire, and in August of 2010, they had their son, Walker. "Having two young children has given me new passion for the future of our state,” Mike says. “We need to be enacting legislation today that will protect the interests of future generations. Each time I look at my kids, I am reminded of what is really at stake." The Slattery’s reside in the Walnut View neighborhood of Mission.
Mike is the son of six-term congressman Jim Slattery, who served the 2nd District of Kansas from 1983 to 1995.
"I have always desired to be a part of the legislative process-largely thanks to my father's experiences," Mike says. "I have learned that the best candidates aren't necessarily the most experienced individuals, but those willing to serve and work tirelessly to better their community."
A strong belief in the importance of supporting public education, helping Kansas become a leader in finding new alternative energy sources, and ensuring that every Kansan has access to affordable, high quality health care compelled Mike to run for the Kansas Legislature in 2008, and to run for re-election in 2010.
The skills Mike acquired through his work and educational experiences make him an ideal representative for the people of the 24th district. Mike graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Science & Technology with an emphasis in Energy and Environmental Policy. During college, he worked as an intern for the National Institute of Health and the National Human Genome Research Institute. He also worked for Venoco Oil Company, researching renewable energy sources.
Mike’s professional experiences have influenced his work ethic, energy level, and attitude. Mike works for J.E. Dunn Construction in the Kansas City area as a Senior Project Engineer. He recently was part of the leadership team on the new H&R Block world headquarters, the Applebee's Support Center Headquarters, the reStart Homeless Shelter renovations, and various tenant finish projects around the city. "Being a project manager requires many different skills, including fiscal responsibility, balancing the interests of various parties, and working within a team to achieve a common goal," Mike says.
In the past few years, Mike and Jenny have continued dedicating their lives to serving the community by volunteering with many organizations and causes, including traveling to Almaty, Kazakhstan where they served the needs of orphans for three months. Mike and Jenny were part of the leadership team of the National Prayer Breakfast of Australia. Locally, they have volunteered at The Learning Center, the Kansas City United Way chapter, and the Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides fundraiser.
Mike served on the City of Mission's Sustainable Governance Task Force and the executive board of Young Life Shawnee Mission. Mike is a Young Leaders Group board member of the Urban Land Institute and a member of the Young Leaders Society for United Way. Mike recently completed the Mid-American Regional Council's Academy for Sustainable Communities Leadership Series, being one of the representatives of the City of Mission. Mike has also recently completed the 2010 Leadership Overland Park course, the Kansas Health Policy Academy program, and the Kansas Leadership Center’s new Legislator Leadership class.