Mike Cierpiot is a Missouri State senator. He’s a Republican, and represents the 8th District, which is made up of eastern Jackson County. Cierpiot was a member of the Missouri House of Representatives, where he served as the majority floor leader.
Personal Life of Mike Cierpiot
Cierpiot was born in Kansas City, Missouri on January 14, 1953. He graduated from De La Salle High School in 1971. He was educated at Longview Community College and at the University of Missouri–Kansas City.
A long-time resident of Jackson County, Cierpiot resides in Lee’s Summit. He’s married to Connie J. Cierpiot, who served in the Missouri House of Representatives. They have two sons, Patrick and Lucas, and two grandchildren, Ellie and Louis. Prior to becoming a legislator, Cierpiot was a network engineer for AT&T.
Cierpiot and his family attend the First Church of the Nazarene in Blue Springs.
Political Career of Mike Cierpiot
From 1993 to 2003, Cierpiot was a committee member of the Jackson County Republican Party. He began serving in the Missouri House of Representatives in 2011, where he represented the 56th District until 2013.
In 2012, Cierpiot ran unopposed in the Republican primary for the 30th District. He defeated Democrat Shere Alam in the general election, winning over 60 percent of the vote. Following the election, House Republicans picked Cierpiot to be the assistant majority floor leader. About two years later, they selected him to be the majority floor leader.
Cierpiot’s term as a Missouri state representative was set to end in 2018, due to the state’s term limits. In a special election held in November 2017, Cierpiot won 50 percent of the vote and became the Missouri state senator representing the 8th District.
He’s currently a member of the following senate committees: Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy and the Environment; Economic Development; Gubernatorial Appointments; and Ways and Means.
A self-described conservative, Cierpiot favors less business regulation and more tax incentives to attract business to Missouri. He voted to overturn a veto of a bill that would allow health insurance companies to withhold contraception coverage based on moral convictions. He backed the Missouri Public Prayer Amendment to the state constitution. Missouri voters later approved the amendment.
He’s sponsored a number of bills, including SB 625, which would modify certain sales and use tax exemptions; SB 790, which would create provisions relating to the registering of roofing contractors; and SB 939, which would establish the Missouri Earned Income Tax Credit Act.
Organizations and Awards – Mike Cierpiot
Cierpiot holds memberships in Missouri Right to Life, the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce and the National Rifle Association.
Cierpiot received the 2013 Public Official of the Year Award from Developmental Disability Services of Jackson County – EITAS (Empowering Individuals Through Advocacy and Support).
The Missouri Chamber of Commerce gave Cierpiot its 2013 Spirit of Commerce Award, and the St. Louis Business Journal gave him its 2013 Legislative Award.
Cierpiot received Defender of Prosperity Awards from Americans for Prosperity – Missouri in 2013 and 2014.
By Alexandra R. Fasulo – published on STL.News by St. Louis Media, LLC