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Posted on: April 5, 2016

Missouri House Honors Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr.

State Honors Frank White, Jr.

“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.”

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