- Frank was born in 1950 in Greenville, Mississippi.
- Frank’s grandparents were sharecroppers in Graceland, Mississippi.
- Frank has 8 children: Frank III, Adrianne, Terrance, Courtney, Michael, Darryl, Joseph and Jordan.
- Frank has 12 grand children and 1 great-grandchild.
- Frank is married to Teresa White, residing in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.
County Executive — County Legislature
Frank was elected County Executive on November 8, 2016, after having served as appointed County Executive starting January 11, 2016. During his time in office, Frank has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of Jackson County citizens. Major accomplishments include his support of the Children’s Services Fund, the establishment of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program and the passage of the Tobacco 21 ordinance. Frank is also proud to have led efforts to renew the county’s COMBAT anti-violence/anti-drug abuse program, to bring kids to county parks, gain approval of the vehicle sales tax, institute “Ban the Box” and the acquisition of the Rock Island Rail Corridor.
Before serving as County Executive, Frank was elected as 1st District At-Large Jackson Count Legislator on November 4, 2014.
Kauffman Stadium — The House Frank Helped Build
The grandson of sharecroppers, Frank was born in Greenville, Mississippi in 1950, but grew up in Kansas City. Old Municipal Stadium cast a shadow over his family home, and he attended Lincoln High School, right next door to the old ballpark.
One of Frank’s first jobs was as a union laborer, scraping mortar and sealing floors on a project that would become one of Jackson County’s crown jewels—a new baseball field that’s now famous for its crowned scoreboard, Royals (now Kauffman) Stadium. That gives Frank the distinction of possibly being the only Major Leaguer to play in a stadium that he literally helped build.
Frank molded his raw skills as a player at Ewing Kauffman’s innovative Baseball Academy and went on to have an iconic career with the Kansas City Royals, earning eight Gold Gloves and five All-Star appearances during his 18 seasons with the team. In the Royals’ 1985 World Series triumph over the St. Louis Cardinals, he batted clean-up, becoming one of only two second basemen to do so throughout an entire Fall Classic—the other being Jackie Robinson.
One of the most popular players ever to sport KC blue, Frank was inducted into the Royals Hall of Fame in 1995 and his No. 20 has been retired. A bronze statue of Frank stands at Kauffman Stadium, just beyond the right field bleachers.
Dave Smith, president of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City, calls Frank “a great example of a hometown hero and leader!” The Boys & Girls Clubs are just one of the many local organizations that Frank has supported through the years. They include the Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA) of Independence, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM), Kansas City Mission, Kansas City’s Medicine Cabinet, Key Coalition and the Salvation Army.
“Frank has played a key role in the growth of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum since its inception in 1990,” NLBM President Bob Kendrick said. “His passion, respect for the history, leadership and influence have been instrumental in the museum’s rise to national prominence.”
While he has demonstrated his respect for the past, Frank is focused on the future through being a “Children’s Champion” for CAPA. “He truly understands the importance of strong, healthy families and the role healthy families play in the lives of children,” stated CAPA Independence Executive Director Rochelle Parker. “Frank’s advocacy on behalf of the vulnerable citizens in our community is crucial.”
Frank is shown above serving a Thanksgiving meal at Kansas City's City Union Mission. Frank is surrounded by family (below) after delivering the 2016 State of the County Address.