Kevin Corlew’s background and experience have prepared him well to represent and serve Northland citizens in the Missouri House of Representatives.
Proven Northland Leader
Kevin is an involved Northland leader. He was first elected in 2014 to serve in the Missouri General Assembly as the State Representative for District 14.
Kevin served on the Board of Education for North Kansas City Schools in 2013-2014. As a school-board member, Kevin made a meaningful difference for students, families, and the community.
Kevin also has helped the community by volunteering to serve on his neighborhood homeowners association, where he served as board Chair. Active in civic affairs, Kevin is a Committeeman on the Clay County Republican Central Committee, the former president of a county Pachyderm Club, and has served in various church leadership capacities. The Corlews are members of Tiffany Fellowship Church. Kevin is also a member of Rotary, where he participates in volunteer and charitable efforts. Kevin uses his legal experience by providing pro bono legal services to non-profit organizations and low-income Missourians.
Kevin is engaged in the Northland business community through membership in several chambers of commerce, including the Northland Regional Chamber, the Gladstone Area Chamber, and the Riverside Area Chamber. He is a 2011 graduate of the Leadership Northland program. Kevin provided valuable insight on the Economic Development team for the Vision North project, which brought together leaders from various fields in Platte and Clay Counties to identify emerging needs and develop strategies to continually improve the quality of life in the growing Northland region. He also has served on a strategic planning committee for economic development activities in the Northland.
Kevin is not a career politician; he is a citizen legislator. In his private-sector work, Kevin is an experienced attorney who represents clients in business disputes. He works at the law firm of Shook, Hardy & Bacon. Before going into private practice, he spent 2 years as a judicial law clerk for a state supreme court judge.
Kevin's real-life experience proves invaluable as a legislator. Before attending law school, he worked for 7 years to help teenagers and strengthen families as the director of a church youth program. He has also has worked as a bank teller, custodian, and warehouse worker. As a citizen legislator, 25-plus years of private-sector work experience go with him to Jefferson City and gives him insight into how proposed legislation will impact Missourians.
Married with three children, Kevin is a family man. He and his wife, Amy, were honored in 2011 by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute as Angels in Adoption. The award, for which they were nominated by U.S. Senator Roy Blunt, recognized the Corlews for their personal commitment to adoption and work to promote adoption with other families.
The importance Kevin places on family is further expressed as he participates in the activities of his children. He has volunteered to teach kids programs at church and coach youth sports teams, and he supports activities at his kids' public elementary school, where Amy has served as PTA president.
Kevin’s children inspire him to make a difference in our society, knowing that choices citizens and government make today affect not only the current state of affairs, but also the world we prepare for our children.
Kevin grew up in the Midwest. His family taught him the values of integrity and hard work. One grandfather was a union worker in a meatpacking plant, and the other was a roofer, who eventually ran his own roofing company. Kevin’s parents (his father a minister, and his mother a nurse) taught him honesty, to treat people with respect and kindness, and to work hard to achieve success -- principles Kevin carries with him to this day. Kevin worked his way through college, attending Wheaton College and graduating with honors from Columbia College-Chicago.
Kevin and Amy were married in 1995. As most families, they made it through tough times, as Amy suffered through an extended illness. Persevering, they chose to gain strength and character instead of succumbing to gloom and despair. Having volunteered during college to assist a church with its youth and music programs, Kevin was asked to join the staff after he graduated. For 7 years, Kevin inspired teenagers to reach their full potential as the director of the Live 2 Win youth ministry. Kevin also led the church’s music and arts programs. For two years during that time, Kevin also took on a second job as a warehouse and showroom worker for a lighting company.
Interested in legal matters, and hoping that he might one day be able to serve his community, Kevin pursued legal studies at the University of Nebraska College of Law. During law school, Kevin participated in a competition showcasing his ability to address people’s needs and was selected to represent the United States in an international client counseling competition. He also was an editor of the Nebraska Law Review and graduated with honors based on his academic achievements and advocacy efforts. He was the president of the law student Republican group at the law school. After law school, Kevin had the honor of being selected to clerk for a judge of the Nebraska Supreme Court. On top of these achievements—and to help support his family during this time—Kevin worked weekends as a custodian at a YMCA.