A lifelong resident of Southern Platte County and the Kansas City Area, Jason Grill is the son of Brad and Clarissa Grill. Jason attended St. Therese Grade School and participated in SPCAA baseball and soccer, Boy Scouts, as well as various activities at St. Therese Catholic Church.
After graduating from St. Therese, Jason attended St. Pius X High School where he earned three varsity letters in football, two varsity letters in basketball, two varsity letters in tennis, and served as Student Council Vice President. He graduated in the top ten of his class, was named a Kansas City Star Scholar Athlete, and earned his Eagle Scout while at St. Pius X.
College/Law School Years
After graduating from St. Pius X, Jason headed to Saint Louis University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. At SLU, Jason was awarded the Leadership Scholarship, and completed many hours of community service through Big Brothers/Big Sisters, St. Louis Parks and Recreation, and the St. Louis inner-city mentorship program.
Jason was an active member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and served as philanthropy chair, where he organized events to help raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network.
While at SLU, Jason studied International Economics in Rome, Italy through the University of Loyola-Chicago. During college, Jason worked at the Kansas City Law Firm of Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP, the St. Louis Law Firm of Thompson Coburn LLP, and at The White House in Washington D.C. where he served as an assistant to the Vice President’s Senior Advisor for Urban Redevelopment and Economic Policy.
After graduating from SLU, Jason attended the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. While at MU, Jason earned an Advanced Certificate in Dispute Resolution, and was a member of the Deans List three times. Jason went back to Washington D.C. during law school where he worked at the CNN Washington D.C. Bureau. In this capacity, Jason was the top assistant to Senior Political and Economic Correspondent Brooks Jackson.
After passing the Missouri Bar Exam in 2004, and the Kansas Bar Exam in early 2005, Jason became a founding member of the Grill Law Firm, LLC with his father, Brad Grill. Jason currently is an attorney with the firm of King Hershey, PC in Kansas City, as well as an adjunct professor at Park University where he teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses (MBA).
In 2006, at the age of 27, Jason was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives. Jason won by a 9,272 to 6,148 vote margin (60.1 percent to 39.9 percent) in a heavily contested open seat race. Jason won every precinct in Missouri House District 32 on his way to victory.
In his first session in the Missouri House of Representatives, Jason was unanimously elected as Treasurer of the Bipartisan Freshman Member Caucus. Jason was the only freshman member of the minority party to sponsor and pass a bill in the Missouri House, as well as the only freshman member of the minority party to handle and pass a senate bill during the 2007 legislative session. Jason served on the Tax Reform, Small Business, Health Insurance, and Senior Nutrition Committees in his first term. In 2008, the Missouri House passed legislation that Jason sponsored, which was signed into law by then former Governor Blunt, which has fought identity theft in Missouri and has provided protection to consumers who have been the victims of identity theft.
In his 2008 reelection to the Missouri House of Representatives, Jason garnered 97 percent of the vote. He received more votes then any other State Representative candidate in his party statewide, 18,029. Jason also received the forth most votes of any Missouri State Representative candidate, out of 272 candidates regardless of political party, statewide in Missouri.
In 2009, Jason was appointed and served on the Judiciary, Ways and Means, Financial Institutions (Banking), and Real ID and Personal Privacy Committees. In 2010, the Missouri Legislature passed legislation sponsored by Jason, which was signed into law by Governor Nixon, which expands access for families and children to life-changing autism diagnosis, treatment, and therapy.
Jason is a member of the following organizations:
- Lifelong parishioner of St. Therese Catholic Church where he also serves as a lector
- Riverside Chamber of Commerce
- Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce
- Parkville Chamber of Commerce
- Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
- National Federation of Independent Business
- 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus and Past Council Advocate
- Parkville Lions Club
- Platte County Optimist Club
- Platte County Economic Development Council
- Kansas Bar Association and the Missouri Bar Association as well as the Platte County, Clay County, and Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Associations
- National Wild Turkey Federation
- Pheasants Forever
- Honorary Member of the Missouri Historical Society
- Honorary Member of the Missouri Sheriffs’ Association
- 2005 Governor of the American Royal
- Main Street Parkville Association
- Board of Directors, Don Bosco Centers
In addition, Jason is involved with Autism Speaks – Walk Now for Autism and other Autism Speaks events and serves as an Adult Scout Leader of Boy Scout Troop 261. He has also helped raise awareness and support for the Parkville Animal Shelter and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City.
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