Missouri House Honors Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr.

TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2016

“Whereas, the members of the Missouri House of Representatives proudly pause to recognize an outstanding Missouri citizen who has long distinguished himself as a leader of his community…”

So begins Missouri House Resolution No. 1736. State representatives adopted the resolution honoring Frank White Jr. during their April 5 session in Jefferson City. Representatives DaRon McGee (District 36) and Gail McCann Beatty (District 26) co-sponsored the measure, which praised White for being a “treasured resident of Lee’s Summit” and noted that he now “holds the distinction as the first African American to serve as County Executive of Jackson County.”

“I was certainly honored to stand in the House chambers of the Capitol and have these kind words said about me,” White stated as he received an inscribed copy of the resolution signed by McGee, McCann Beatty and Speaker of the House Todd Richardson. “As it says in this resolution, I’m the grandson of Mississippi sharecroppers. My being the first African American to be County Executive says a great deal about my personal journey and how far we have as a community have come since I grew up in Kansas City in the 1950s and ’60s.”

Resolution No. 1736 concisely describes White’s “journey,” including his distinction of being the only Major League Baseball player to literally help build the stadium he would later play in. He scraped mortar and sealed floors during the construction of Royals (now Kauffman) Stadium, where he would star as a Gold Glove-winning second baseman for 18 seasons. He was first graduate of the Royals Baseball Academy to reach the Majors.

Furthermore, the resolution cited White’s involvement in several community organizations, such as the Boys & Girls Club, Salvation Army and Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. White was elected Jackson County 1st District At-Large Legislator on Nov. 4, 2014 and was appointed County Executive Jan. 11 of this year.

After McGee finished reading the resolutions, the state representatives rose to give White a standing ovation. 
“I’m glad this was a resolution that had full bi-partisan support,” White later joked. “Even the St. Louis Cardinal fans in the chamber were clapping.”
State Honors Frank White
(L-R) House Majority Floor Leader Mike Cierpiot (District 30), County Executive Frank White, Jr., Representatives Gail McCann Beatty and Daron McGee.