Rep. Kip Kendrick, a Democrat and Minority Whip, is now in his second term in the Missouri House of Representatives serving District 45 in Columbia.  Rep. Kendrick continues to follow in the footsteps of his predecessor and respected mentor, Chris Kelly.

Kendrick is a graduate of Monroe City High School and holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Columbia College and a graduate degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Missouri.

With a long-term history of civic engagement in Columbia, Kendrick came to the House of Representatives having served as President of Benton-Stephens Neighborhood Association, Chair of the Columbia Neighborhood Leadership Program, a member of the City of Columbia Environment and Energy Commission, and Public Policy Chair for the Association for Persons in Supported Employment for the State of Missouri.

Kendrick’s professional resume includes administrative positions with Job Point as an Employment Advisor, with Columbia College as an Assistant Director of Admissions, and with the University of Missouri School of Journalism as a Study Abroad Advisor. Until assuming his legislative position, he coordinated support services for Boone County Family Resources, assisting children with developmental disabilities and their families. He currently works as the Special Projects Coordinator in the Office of General Counsel with Columbia College.

Kendrick, a native of Monroe City, Missouri, is married to Sarah Kendrick, Missouri’s State Ornithologist with the Department of Conservation.


Kip & Sarah

Kip and Sarah at the Inaugural Ball on January 7, 2015

2017 Committee Assignments

2015 Committee Assignments

  • Health Insurance
  • Appropriations – Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Conservation and Natural Resources
  • Pensions
  • Budget

 Past Work Experience

Support Coordinator, Boone County Family Resources, Columbia, Missouri


  • Provide case-management for adolescents receiving services through BCFR
  • Link individuals and families to resources in the community to minimize effects of development disability
  • Maintain regular communication and coordination with family and team members in the community
  • Work independently to set schedule and exceed productivity requirements of BCFR
  • Maintain extensive electronic and written files at the Department of Mental Health standards
  • Coordinate development of individual service plans and periodic quarterly review of progress towards ISP
  • Appointed to the Green Team to oversee and implement more sustainable business practices
  • Appointed to the Therap Brain Trust to assist in implementation of Therap Program to BCFR

Study Abroad Advisor, Missouri School of Journalism, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri


  • Promoted international programs to undergraduate and graduate constituents
  • Supervised two Graduate Student Interns working in the Global Journalism office
  • Coordinated New York Internship Program including student housing, classroom space, and alumni event
  • Met with individual students to determine academic needs and recommended appropriate programs
  • Continually advised and address students’ questions/concerns while abroad
  • Advised incoming exchange students on course selection and register students in appropriate classes
  • Conducted incoming students orientations for arriving international students
  • Maintained familiarity with visa and immigration policies; maintain relationships with consulate

Assistant Director of Admissions for Adult and International Programs, Columbia College; Columbia, Missouri


  • Managed Graduate Studies, Evening Campus and International Admissions
  • Supervised two full-time Admission Counselors and one part-time Office Support Staff
  • Directed interviews and hired two full-time staff members
  • Conducted training for newly hired Evening Campus and Graduate Admissions Counselor
  • Oversaw Graduate, Evening, and International budgets
  • Defined admission goals for three programs
  • Collaborated with Public Relations and Marketing Departments to develop recruitment publications
  • Maintained professional affiliations with NAGAP to ensure best practices

Graduate and Evening Campus Admissions Counselor, Columbia College; Columbia, Missouri


  • Administered recruitment/enrollment procedures for Graduate and Evening Campus programs
  • Developed relationships with businesses to aid in recruitment of employees as students
  • Communicated with prospective students to provide updates, program and financial aid information
  • Provided advisement to new students and returning non-degree seeking students
  • Researched trends and composed reports and proposals based upon findings
  • Organized and maintained admission files for graduate applicants and student

Community Support Specialist, Burrell Behavioral Health, University Behavioral Health; Columbia, Missouri


  • Provided case-management for individuals in alternative sentencing program
  • Maintained regular communication and coordination with the entire Mental Health Court Team
  • Worked independently to set schedule and exceed productivity requirements of BBH
  • Maintained extensive electronic and written files at the Department of Mental Health standards
  • Coordinated development of treatment plans and periodic reviews with clients and team members
  • Identified community resources to assist individuals in live more independently
  • Instructed weekly yoga class with focus on physical health, relaxation and breathing techniques

Employment Advisor, Job Point; Columbia, Missouri

2004- 2006

  • Supervised 12 employment consultants working for Job Point
  • Advised individuals on employment options to best suit the abilities and interests for those in supported employment
  • Marketed individuals to human resource personnel and hiring managers
  • Performed job development duties including assisting individuals with resumes, interviews, and seeking open positions with a caseload of over 40 individuals
  • Facilitated communication with other Social Service Agencies including Vocational Rehabilitation, Boone County Family Resources, New Horizons, and University Behavioral Health

Professional Affiliations & Volunteer Experience

2010- 2011            Member, NAFSA
2008-2009           Member, National Association of Graduate Admission Professionals

  • Attended Professional Development Conference presented by NAGAP
  • Attended NAGAP Spring Institute

2009                      Appointed Member, Campus Sustainability Committee, Columbia College
2008- 2010           Chairperson, City of Columbia Neighborhood Leadership Planning Committee
2007- 2014            President, Benton-Stephens Neighborhood Association
2007- 2009           Commissioner, City of Columbia Environment and Energy Commission
2005- 2006           Public Policy Chairperson, Association for Persons in Supported Employment, Missouri Division
2004- 2008           Board Member, Association for Persons in Supported Employment, Missouri Division


Masters Degree in Higher Education AdministrationUniversity of Missouri – Columbia, Missouri
Graduated in 2016
4.0 cumulative grade point average

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology  – Columbia College  – Columbia, Missouri
Graduated in 2006
3.75 cumulative grade point average

University of Missouri-Columbia – Columbia, Missouri
Dean’s List, two of two semesters
Assisted with experiments in the Social Psychology Department

Westminster College  – Fulton, Missouri
President of Freshman Class
Secretary of Social Judiciary Board
Dean’s List two out of four semesters