Dear Friends,

There are two people who have been overwhelmingly influential in shaping my life; my mother and Dr. Helen Kinney.

My mother, Marie Nenninger, grew up in Laflin, MO, a very small town in Bollinger County that is no longer on any map. Her family was very poor and lived off the land with hard work and determination. She only completed the eighth grade, not by choice, but by geography. With the nearest high school in Marble Hill, she nor her siblings could attend. However, what she lacked in formal education, she possessed in conservative common sense and wisdom. She lived her Christian faith by example and believed that truth, integrity and character are the foundational values of a worthy life. For her, doing the right things was how she lived her life and how she expected me to live mine. 

Dr. Helen Kinney was an esteemed "Henry Street Nurse" in New York City before coming to Southeast Missouri State College in 1958. At the invitation of the Governor of Missouri, she established a state-wide pilot for nursing education with the innovation of a two-year, university nursing program. Countless times she lectured that we were being educated as professional nurses, not trained. She further elaborated that training was for animals, not people!  One of our educational opportunities involved administering medications to patients for which there were "5 Rights"- the Right patient, the Right medication, the Right dosage, the Right route, and the Right time. Without any doubt, Dr. Kinney permanently instilled in us that the lives of our patients were dependent on doing things "Right."

My values are based on the teachings of my mother and Dr. Kinney: "Do the Right Things" and "Do Things Right." Both good values and knowledge are attributes of good leaders, but great leaders understand that values and character precede knowledge.

I am confident in having the knowledge, skills and the right values to do the right things for the people of this district. Right Values, Right Now!


Why I am running... 

We deserve a passionate, energetic leader with the right business experience and know-how to get things done in Jefferson City. I have the knowledge, skills and the right values to do the right things for the people of this district.
  ·  Right for Taxpayers : ensuring accountable government and fiscal responsibility
  ·  Right for the Economy : promoting jobs, investment and a business-friendly climate
  ·  Right For Healthcare : providing more market solutions and affordable care
  ·  Right for Education : improving choice, access and accountability
  ·  Right for Values : protecting life and our liberties


Kathryn Swan is President and owner of JCS Wireless, a small wireless communications company with offices in Cape Girardeau, Perryville, Doniphan, and Poplar Bluff in Missouri and Chester, Illinois.  The company provides two-way radio, cellular, paging, wireless connectivity, satellite telephone products, as well as related services.  Kathy has earned an Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in Nursing from Southeast Missouri State University.

Professionally, she is a member of the USMSS Association, Great Lakes MSS Association, National Federation of Independent Business, NFIB Leadership Trust, Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Leadership Missouri Alumni Association, and Sigma Theta Tau.  She is a former Chairman of the Board of Great Lakes MSS Association, former Vice-Chairman of the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce, and former board secretary of Sigma Theta Tau at Southeast Missouri State University.

Statewide, she serves as the chair of the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education, a member of the Family and Community Trust board, a member of the Board of Directors of American Freedom and Enterprise Foundation, a member of the Board of Governors of Show Me State Excellence in Public Service Series, a member of the Board of Directors of United for Missouri, a member of the Board of Directors of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, member of the Education Council Administrative Committee of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and is a current member and former Chair of the NFIB Missouri Leadership Council.  She is the former board Secretary of the Missouri METS Coalition (Math, Engineering, Technology & Science) appointed by Governor Blunt, former board member of the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority (MOHELA), former member of the state P-20 Council, the former Governor of District 7 Zonta International and a former commissioner on the Senate Reapportionment Commission appointed by Governor Nixon.

Locally, Swan serves as a member of the Cape Girardeau city council, elected in April 2010.  Additionally, she is a member of Graces Women’s Leadership Team of United Way of Southeast Missouri; member of the Government and Public Policy Committee of the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce; Vice-chair of the Southeast Missouri P20 Council; advisory board member of the Southeast Missouri State University Symphony; and member of the Zonta Club of Cape Girardeau.  She is a former board member of the United Way of Southeast Missouri, former Vice-Chair of the Saint Francis Medical Center Foundation board, former commissioner of the city of Cape Girardeau Planning & Zoning Commission, former member of the Catholic Campus Ministry Advisory board at Southeast Missouri State University, past Vice-President of Cape Girardeau Board of Education, past president of the Zonta Club of Cape Girardeau, past board President of the American Heart Association and former board member of the American Cancer Society. 

In 2002, Governor Holden appointed Swan to serve as a member of the Missouri Business Education Roundtable and in 2003, she was appointed to serve on the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education. Governor Matt Blunt reappointed her to the post in 2005 and Governor Nixon reappointed her in 2010.  U.S. Representative Jo Ann Emerson appointed Swan to represent the 8th Congressional District on the Missouri Congressional Awards Council in October 2005.  She also serves as Treasurer for Team Emerson. 
Personal honors include: Vision 2000 Award of Distinction, Zonta Woman of Achievement Award, Girl Scouts Women’s Impact Award, Community Counseling Center Outstanding Achievement Award, Dr. A. M. Estes Award from the American Heart Association, Volunteer of the Year from the American Cancer Society, NFIB/Missouri 2008 Small Business Champion, and was honored as the first recipient of the Outstanding Leadership Cape Girardeau Alumni Award in 2004.   She has been featured in the first edition (July 2011) “Women to Know in Missouri” section of The New You magazine, by KFVS-TV 12 and the Southeast Missourian regarding women in business and in My Business, The Small Business Magazine from NFIB, “The Activist at Work,” August/ September 2006.  In addition, she was nominee for a Melanie Blunt First Lady Award in 2008.     
 In 2003, as one of four small business owners, she served as a roundtable participant lead by President George W. Bush focusing on the role of small business in stimulating the nation’s economy, followed by an invitation from President Bush to the White House for the signing of the Jobs and Growth bill.  In the same year, as one of twenty small business owners, she served as a roundtable participant lead by U.S. Secretary of Labor, Elaine Chao discussing small business issues.  

Kathy Swan for State Representative, 147th District
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