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Tim Green (BSBA 1990)

As a strong voice for the people, Tim Green has made life better for generations of Missouri residents. Tim, who was first elected to represent north St. Louis County in the Missouri House of Representatives in 1988, oversaw the development of the state’s $19 billion budget as chair of the powerful Budget Committee from 2000 to 2002. In 2004, he was elected to the Missouri State Senate, where he served until 2013.

Throughout his legislative career, Tim served as an advocate for labor unions to improve the state’s business climate. Significant legislative accomplishments included measures that redistributed municipal sales tax dollars in St. Louis County, required utility companies to set aside pension benefits for retirees and gave contractors the right to receive prompt payment for their services.

“I understood the demands of business and how to utilize public policy to achieve success in our region and our state,” he said. “Bringing quality jobs with health and pension benefits provided citizens opportunities for gratifying careers.”

Tim Green

“The hard work and perseverance needed to complete courses for a degree, while working full-time, gave me the work ethic to knock on doors and ask people for their vote,” Tim said. “My education was critical in helping me understand the positive outcomes that were possible through legislation.”

His legislative work also made a positive difference for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled, earning recognition from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill |St. Louis and the Missouri Association of County Developmental Disabilities Services. In addition, he fought to ensure that low-income Missourians have access to legal assistance, an effort recognized by Legal Services of Eastern Missouri.

Tim, who graduated from the University of Missouri–St. Louis with a BSBA in 1990, says the experience gave him the courage to pursue a career in politics.

Tim credits his father, a union construction electrician, and his mother, a teamster forklift driver, for instilling in their seven children a thirst for knowledge through education. That passion became a family affair after all seven children earned their bachelor's degrees from UMSL.

Tim’s wife also received her BA, MBA and PhD in nursing from UMSL and currently teaches in the nursing program, while their daughter received her degree from UMSL in criminology.