Jay is former Vice President at the Missouri Credit Union Association. He lives in Kansas City North with his wife Valerie, their three kids and a dog named Ava.
Jay's Missouri Roots began with the birth of his grandfather (preacher, author and lecturer J.W. Kesner) in Hayti, Missouri. Rev. Kesner was called into the ministry in Fort Smith, Arkansas taking his family out of Missouri. Jay moved back to Missouri as an adult.
Jay was the honor graduate in his advanced Army training in Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He earned the Army Achievement Medal as a corporal. He earned a non-commissioned officer rank by the time he was 23. At age 26, he built from scratch the first downtown economic redevelopment program for the city of Bay City, Texas. From there he went to Irving, TX, revamped their downtown development program and created Irving’s first ever low-income housing department.
Following a lecture he was giving at a national conference for economic development at age 30, he was approached by a team of individuals from Oklahoma City and was persuaded to lead the effort to economically rebuild the bomb-ravaged 36-block area of downtown following the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building.
For the last decade he has been involved in federal and state politics as a congressional staff person or as senior staff on several state-wide and congressional campaigns across the nation. In 2010, “I decided to pay back all that my public life had afforded me” and he ran for and won a seat in the Missouri Legislature where he has served on the Local Government Committee, Financial Institutions Committee, Economic Development Committee and the Joint Committee on Tax Reform.
Example of Bills Sponsored or Co-Sponsored by Rep. Swearingen:
HB221 - Establishes the Missouri Export Incentive Act to encourage foreign trade through international airports in Missouri.
HB285 - Creates the crime of distribution of a controlled substance near a child care facility.
HB599 - Allows an applicant for a motor vehicle registration or renewal to make a $1 donation to the National World War I Museum at the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City.
HB777 - Allows specified local city hospitals to become a nonprofit corporation upon the approval of the voters in the city or by the adoption of a resolution by the hospital's board of trustees.
HB1000 - Establishes the Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday which authorizes an annual state sales and use tax holiday on retail purchases of certain firearms
HB1265 - Establishes the Veteran Workforce Act which requires the Office of Administration to develop rules and regulations ensuring a uniform hiring preference for veterans, disabled veterans, and their spouses.
HB1320 - Changes the laws to limit campaign contributions.
HB1386 - Waives certain business fees for a person who is a member of the Missouri National Guard or any other military branch, resides in Missouri, and provides proof of service to the secretary of state.
HB1592 - Changes the laws regarding county collectors and a county's special road and bridge levy and establishes the STAR Bonds Financing Act.
HB1606 - Establishes the Missouri Earned Income Tax Credit Act authorizing an individual income tax credit equal to 20% of any earned income tax credit claimed by the taxpayer on his or her federal income tax return.
HB1659 - Allows the City of Kansas City to establish a land bank agency for the management, sale, transfer, and other disposition of tax delinquent land to return it to specified effective use.
HB1761 - Removes the 10-year statute of limitation for certain actions to recover damages regarding child abuse and sexual offenses committed against a child.
HB1840 - Requires each law enforcement agency in this state to adopt written policies relating to eyewitness identification.