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12:41 pm
Tue August 18, 2009

Democratic Congressmen Emanuel Cleaver II (MO-5) And Dennis Moore (KS-3) On Health Care Reform

Kansas City, MO – Democratic Congressmen Emanuel Cleaver II (MO-5) and Dennis Moore (KS-3) talk with Steve Kraske about national health care reform, what's actually in proposed legislation, the debate over a public option, and when meaningful legislation might end up on the President's desk.

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Rep. Dennis Moore, a lifelong Kansan, is serving his sixth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Moore was born in Anthony, Kansas, in 1945. He was educated in Wichita public schools. In 1967, he graduated from the University of Kansas, and received his law degree from Washburn University School of Law in 1970. After service in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserve, Moore started his legal career as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Kansas. He entered private legal practice in Johnson County in 1973. In 1976, Moore was elected District Attorney in Johnson County and was reelected twice, serving a total of 12 years. Moore is a member of the House Committees on the Budget and Financial Services, and was on a leave of absence from the House Small Business Committee during the 110th Congress.

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II is currently serving his third term representing the Fifth District of Missouri in the House of Representatives and sits on the exclusive Financial Services Committee, Homeland Security Committee and the Speaker's Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.

Cleaver was born in Waxahachie, Texas, grew up in public housing and graduated high school in Wichita Falls, Texas. Congressman Cleaver went on to attend Prairie View A & M University, earning a B.S. in Sociology. Congressman Cleaver arrived in Kansas City as an activist in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference charged with founding a Kansas City chapter of the civil rights organization. In 1974, after the Kansas City Chapter of the SCLC received its charter, he began his pastoral career at St. James United Methodist Church with a membership of 47. Today, St. James has a membership of 2,800.

In 1979 Cleaver was elected to the City Council of Kansas City. After three terms, he ran for and was elected to the office of Mayor, where he made history as the first African American to hold the City's highest office.