About Kevin McManus

A fifth generation Kansas Citian, Kevin McManus represents the 6th District on the City Council of Kansas City, MO and previously represented the 36th District in the Missouri House of Representatives from 2010 to 2015.

As a City Council Member

During his first term on the City Council, Kevin has distinguished himself as a balanced thought leader on policies for our City, which are consensus driven.  As a member of the Finance and Governance Committee and Vice-Chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Kevin has been directly involved in crafting our City’s budget and investing in our City’s infrastructure dollars wisely. Kevin has been instrumental on the Council in passing a number of vital initiatives.

After decades of detonation the Center is now reborn with near full occupancy with new restaurants, retail and local businesses, as well as a new building for Wonderscope, a state-of-the-art world-class children’s museum.

Enabled the revitalization of the East 63rd Street Corridor transforming vacant decaying building with new vibrant local businesses, housing, restaurants, and shops.

Fought for these important neighborhoods inclusion in the “Shared Success” ordinance to encourage development in under-served communities.

Secured completion of this critical project which has attracted new private investment and job creation.

Strong proponent of the G.O. Bonds and ensuring the 6th District was prioritized to receive funding for new sidewalks, curbs and sidewalks.  Specifically, secured in the first year of the G.O. Bonds funds for the Worrall Road improvements from 85th to 89th and the 135th Street – Martin City improvements. Future investments will include: new sidewalks and curbs along 107th Street from Blue Ridge Boulevard to Greenwood; redevelopment of the intersection at 75th and Wornall as part of a $45 million public investment in the Waldo Area; and improvement along Red Bridge Road to foster safety.

Sponsored legislative priorities ordinance which help bring home hundreds of millions of our federal tax dollars for the redevelopment of the Bannister Federal Complex and finish important flood control projects like the Swope Park Industrial Area and Dodson Industrial Area.  These investments will create new opportunities and job growth in South Kansas City.

As a State Representative

In the legislature, Kevin served as a Chairman of the Kansas City Regional Bipartisan Caucus. According to the Kansas City Star, Kevin has been a “bright light” in his caucus, “sponsoring good legislation” for our city and state. In 2014, Kevin passed legislation that, if approved in the State of Kansas, would have ended the tax credit and job poaching "border war" between Kansas and Missouri. Kevin was a leading voice for passing ethics and campaign finance reforms aimed at increasing transparency and accountability in state government. He sponsored legislation that would ensure swift prosecution of criminals who use a firearm in the commission of a crime.

As a Kansas Citian

At home, Kevin has been active in the South Kansas City Alliance, a coalition of neighborhood organizations, civic, educational and faith-based institutions, non-profits, and businesses dedicated to bringing about a unified vision for south Kansas City. He serves as Co-Chair of the SKC Alliance’s Strategic Planning Committee and has helped lead the group’s effort to define priorities and strategies for improving the quality of life in South Kansas City for future generations. In addition to his Council duties, Kevin is an attorney in private practice, focused on business law and civil litigation in state and federal court. He is a Member of the Metropolitan Bar Association, as well as the Missouri and Kansas Bars.

Personal life

Kevin graduated from Rockhurst High School and earned his undergraduate degree in Government (summa cum laude) from the University of Notre Dame followed by  in 2001, followed by his law degree (with honors) from St. Louis University School of Law. In law school, Kevin served as an editor of the law review and was a member of the Public Interest Law Group, through which he provided pro bono legal services for those in need. Prior to his legal career, Kevin was a researcher at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C., where he advocated for policies that benefited working families. Kevin is running for re-election for the City Council in the 6th District, the same district where he was born and raised. Kevin lives in South Kansas City with his wife Alejandra (“Alex”) and their sons – Liam and Daniel.

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