Scott Burnett

1st District Legislator

Scott Burnett was elected to the Jackson County Legislature in 1998, reelected in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014, and has been involved in politics and government for much of his professional life. Following his early service in the Congressional Offices of Representative Bill Roy and Representative Martha Keys in the mid-1970's, he served as Field Coordinator in the 1976 Carter/Mondale Presidential Campaign. From 1977 to 1980 Burnett served as Special Assistant in the Carter White House, working in the areas of scheduling and advance preparations for the President. He also served as Missouri State Coordinator for the Carter/Mondale Re-election Campaign in 1980.


From 1981 to 1993 Burnett worked for PPM, Inc., an environmental clean-up company, serving first as Marketing Director, then as Vice President of Operations. Currently, Burnett is a partner in SGB Communications, Inc., a firm assisting clients with communicating their views to government officials, key opinion leaders, the media, and the general public.

Education & Family

Burnett has a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Kansas State University, and is married to Rhonda. They have 3 children: Sam, Jake and Anna.

2022 Committee Assignments

  • Rules (Chairman)
  • Budget
  • Finance & Audit
  • Anti-Crime


  • Chairman of the County Legislature in 2009
  • Chairman of the County Legislature in 2014
  • Chairman of the County Legislature in 2017
  • Chairman of the County Legislature in 2018
  • Vice Chairman of the County Legislature in 2012