Who I Am

My family and I have lived in Christian County since 2008 owning a home in the Rivers Subdivision.   My wife, Shannon, and our son Jarrett and I are active in the local community.  I am a member of the Ozark Chamber of Commerce, serve as an Alderman on the Ozark City Board of Alderman, President of Business 2 Business, former member of the Board of Directors for MPACT, volunteer for Southwest Center for Independent Living and participating in OzarkLeads.

I am the youngest of three boys born to Jack and Joyce Shaffer.   My father was a veteran who held numerous jobs as a young man until he was injured in a car accident which rendered him disabled.   My mother was a registered nurse always working two jobs to help ends meet.   My brothers and I helped out the best we could and I have good memories of my childhood.   Although we never had much it seemed like it was always more than enough.  I learned from my parents the importance of hard work, honesty and faith in god.

As a child I grew up in Camdenton, Missouri and was active in sports, drama, debate and Boy Scouts, obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout.  I was elected the President of my High School Senior Class.  I worked and borrowed my way through college at Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State University) graduating in 1990 with a degree in Communications.   I was active in Student Government and was elected the President of my College Senior Class.  After college I worked and borrowed my way through law school at the University of Missouri-Columbia.   I graduated from law school in 1993 where I had an active role in Student Government and was elected President of the Graduate Student Body.

After law school I returned to the Springfield area to practice law including arguing a case before the Missouri Supreme Court.  My current and former clients include some of the largest employers in southwest Missouri.   As a lawyer I took great pleasure in challenging the government.   Too often government agencies would bully and intimidate its citizens often exceeding their statutory authority.   I successfully assisted disabled children being denied their rights by negligent school districts.   I defended employers from the abusive tactics of federal agencies such as the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, Director of Revenue, Wage and Hour, Occupational Safety and Health Administration and others.  I sued the Missouri Department of Industrial Relations for their refusal to comply with the law successfully obtaining an injunction against the agency to stop their improper and unconstitutional conduct.

Now I am seeking the office of State Representative for the 140th District.   I will to continue the good fight against bad government.