Jason Holsman is a Democratic U.S. State Senator representing the 7th District of Jackson County, Missouri. Born on March 25th, 1976 in Kansas City, Missouri, Jason attended Blue Valley High School before graduating in 1994 and enrolling in the University of Missouri. After transferring to the University of Kansas, he studied Political Science and U.S. History and received his bachelor’s degrees in 1999. From there, he attended Norwich University in Vermont and received his Masters of Art in Diplomacy and Military Science. Building on his extensive educational background, Jason received his Missouri State Teaching Certificate from Northwest Missouri State University in 2005.
Shortly after graduating from the University of Kansas, he took a staff position working under U.S. Senator John Ashcroft of Missouri. After a brief time in the position, Jason returned to Missouri and accepted a position at Suburban Journals as a political correspondent to the Missouri Legislature. While living back in Missouri, he met his future wife, and relocated to Kansas City. Not soon after, Jason went to pursue his passion for learning and educating at Norwich University. After completing his Masters of Art studies and receiving his teaching certificate, Jason began teaching social studies at Van Horn High School in Kansas City, Missouri. It was then that he began to establish himself as a community advocate. In addition to teaching several different subjects, he also coached high school football and baseball at the varsity level. He was the recipient of multiple teaching awards and served as Chairman of the Principle’s Advisory Committee.
In 2006, Jason Holsman decided to dedicate his life to public service. He successfully ran for the Missouri House of Representatives – District 45 in August of 2006. From there, he was reelected in 2008 and 2010. Building on his successful breakout political career, he ran to represent the 7th district of the Missouri State Senate in 2012 and won by a six-point margin against fellow Democrat Crystal Williams. In 2016, he won his reelection bid against Libertarian candidate Jeanne Bojarski by a nearly sixty-point margin. Since his election to the Missouri State Senate, Jason has sponsored a number of bills. He has also held several top-leadership positions, and has stood as the Chairman of the Renewable Energy Committee from 2011 to 2012 and the Joint Committee on Urban Agriculture from 2011 to 2012 along with being a member of twelve additional committees. He sponsored and passed the Urban Agriculture Act and Property Assessed Clean Energy Legislation in 2010, looking to both establish the Joint Committee on Urban Agriculture and to explore financing options to help promote renewable energy projects.
As a Democrat, Jason has pushed for strong public education, women’s rights, and equality. Jason used his background and experience as a public high school teacher to pass legislation aimed at reducing classroom sizes, increasing opportunities for early childhood development, and funding for drop-out prevention to help increase graduation rates for students. In 2008 he sponsored the Teacher Compensation Act that helped to improve wages for the teachers of Missouri, which currently ranks as 44th in the United States. Throughout his political career, Jason Holsman has advocated for the interests of the people of Missouri.
By Alexandra R. Fasulo – published on STL.News by St. Louis Media, LLC