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Hi, I’m Kemp Strickler.  My wife, Kristy, and I have lived in House District 34 for over 35 years.  It is where we have put down our roots and raised our daughter, Kara, our greatest pride and joy.  During our decades in Lee’s Summit we have been active in the school district and volunteered our time with various organizations, clubs, and causes throughout the community.  We are so proud to call this community home.  

As a husband, father, and community servant, I understand the struggles Lee’s Summit families are facing.  We are coming out of a pandemic that has impacted us all; economic uncertainty, rising healthcare costs, and a divided government that is more interested in frivolous spending and arguments than actually fixing our problems.   

I currently serve as Vice Chair of the Lee’s Summit Arts Council and have served on many other committees and organizations over the years.  My family and I are long-time members of Lee’s Summit Christian Church, where I am serving as the moderator for our church leadership team.  


I was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri and have spent my entire life in the metro area.  I went on to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial engineering and an MBA from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  I am a lifetime Tiger and fierce advocate of our state’s wonderful public institutions.  I serve on both the Industrial Engineering Hall of Fame Board and the Marketing Department Advisory Board at the University of Missouri. I was proud to be inducted into Mizzou’s Industrial Engineering Hall of Fame and received the Citation of Merit award from Mizzou’s Trulaske College of Business. 

I enjoyed a challenging but rewarding career at Hallmark, where I worked my way up from an entry level position in analytics to leadership roles responsible for multi-million dollar budgets.  After 35 years at Hallmark, I recently retired from my position as a Senior Data Analytics Manager, where I led research teams that provided customer insight to help guide Hallmark’s strategic decisions. 

Over the course of my career, I saw the importance of listening to customers and conveying their perspectives throughout the company.  As your state representative, I will listen closely to your concerns, and bring your perspective with me to the Missouri legislature.

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