|Name||Patsy Ann "Pat" Danner|
Smithville, Missouri , United States
|| January 13, 1934
Nov 03, 2017 01:52am
Married - Catholic -
|Info||Congresswoman Pat Danner, D-Kansas City, was first elected to represent the Sixth Congressional District of Missouri on November 3, 1992. She was re-elected in 1994 and 1996, receiving 67 and 69 percent of the vote, respectively. In 1998, she was again re-elected, this time receiving 71 percent of the vote. |
Congresswoman Danner serves on the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (Aviation and Ground Transportation Subcommittees) and the Committee on International Relations (International Economic Policy and Trade Subcommittee).
Congresswoman Danner's service in Congress reflects a commitment to meeting the needs of the Sixth District.
In the wake of the devastating flood of 1993, which caused all 27 counties of the Sixth Congressional District to be declared federal disaster areas, Danner sponsored legislation to aid farmers and small business men and women. The "Fiscal 1993 Disaster-Aid Supplemental" (H.R. 2667) was passed by the House and unanimously accepted by the Senate, and provided millions of dollars in assistance to repair flood-damaged levees that were previously ineligible for federal assistance.
As a co-founder of the Missouri/Mississippi River Task Force, Danner was instrumental in working to preserve human safety, commercial navigation and flood control on the Missouri River by convincing the Army Corps of Engineers to revise a plan for the Missouri River that would have jeopardized public safety, agriculture and vital business and commercial interests. Her continuing efforts to provide federal support for vital flood control programs along the River � from the Riverside Levee project currently underway in Kansas City to the East Fork of the Grand River Watershed Project near the Worth and Gentry county line � are helping to ensure that the public safety and economic concerns associated with the Missouri River are met.
In the 104th Congress, Danner was successful in co-authoring and passing the first-ever "Corrections Day" bill in a new process designed to correct bureaucratic mistakes and eliminate burdensome federal laws and regulations. The bill, known as the "Edible Oils Regulatory Reform Act," requires federal agencies to make distinctions between petroleum and vegetable oils, which previously had been regulated in much the same manner, causing added cost to food industry, and thus, consumers.
Danner quickly followed up her Corrections Day work by authoring and introducing another common-sense, solution-oriented piece of legislation known as the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act. The bill, named after Danner's friend, the late Congressman Bill Emerson of Missouri, provides protections for persons and organizations that donate, in good faith, food items for the needy. The legislation passed both the U.S. House and Senate and was signed into law by President Clinton, who used Danner's initiative to highlight the merits of charity and goodwill during his 1997 Thanksgiving Day address to the nation.
Danner achieved many legislative victories during the first session of the current 106th Congress aimed at providing millions of American increased access to emergency assistance, and solving one age-old problem for numerous Northwest Missouri residents living along the banks of the Missouri River.
With the passage of legislation � and subsequent signing into law by President Clinton � based upon Danner's concept regarding the use of cellular phones as a safety device, 9-1-1 has been designated the emergency access number for all cellular telephone users nationwide. Congresswoman Danner first recognized the need for a single, cohesive 9-1-1 emergency telephone system in 1997, and was the first to introduce legislation in the House of Representatives aimed at promoting this important safety designation.
In addition to the success she achieved in helping to establish this universal emergency designation, Congresswoman Danner joined the ranks of the small group of Congressional legislators who have had the opportunity to introduce legislation on the state level and bring it to passage on the federal level. With the President's approval of the Missouri-Nebraska Compact � House Joint Resolution 54 � Danner witnessed the successful culmination of nearly seven years of work to solve a boundary controversy between Missouri and Nebraska dating back over 100 years. Her legislation ensures that landowners in disputed areas along the Missouri River will no longer be faced with real estate taxation by both states and will be able to receive the appropriate emergency care and governmental assistance they need.
One of Congresswoman Danner's most memorable moments to date came during the second session of the 106th Congress when House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert recognized her with a unique honor.
In commending Congresswoman Danner for her outstanding bipartisan effort to pass the "Marriage Penalty Tax Elimination Act of 2000" (H.R. 6), the Speaker presented her with the wooden gavel used to preside over debate of the historic measure and signal its final passage by an overwhelming majority in the House of Representatives.
In presenting Danner with the gavel, Speaker Hastert applauded the Congresswoman for her diligence in helping to bring this much-needed � and long-awaited � tax relief to over 25 million American couples, including over 132,000 married couples who live in Missouri's Sixth Congressional District alone.
Committed to a philosophy of fiscal responsibility, Congresswoman Danner has led by example. Congresswoman Danner established a scholarship fund, known as the "Danner Scholarship Award," for constituents who wish to continue their educational endeavors.
In addition, efficiency efforts in her congressional office allowed Danner to save the taxpayers in excess of $200,000 per year during her first four years in Congress, and an average in excess of $300,000 in 1997, 1998 and 1999 - a cumulative savings of approximately $1.8 million.
In recognition of her commitment to saving taxpayer dollars, Congresswoman Danner has been presented with the Grace Caucus Award by Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW). CAGW commended Danner on her "front-line work in the fight to restore fiscal responsibility" to the federal government.
Danner has also received the "Guardian of Small Business" award numerous times from the National Federation of Independent Business for her continued support of small business on key issues before the Congress.
Money Magazine has rated Danner as one of the most outstanding Members of Congress when it comes to understanding pocketbook issues and standing up for working Americans' financial interests. Of 435 Members of the U.S. House, Danner tied for 9th best on "pocketbook issues" in an analysis conducted by Money Magazine.
In continuing to be recognized for supporting policies important to the nation's large and small businesses, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has presented Danner with the national "Spirit of Enterprise Award" many times. Danner has also been recognized with the prestigious "Friend of the Farm Bureau" award by the American Farm Bureau and by the National Farmer's Union for legislative votes on issues of importance to family farmers and agricultural businesses.
Congresswoman Danner served in a variety of volunteer public service positions in Missouri before becoming district assistant to the late Congressman Jerry Litton in the 1970s. During the Carter Administration, she received a Presidential appointment to a sub-cabinet position.
In 1982, Danner was elected to the Missouri State Senate representing the 12th District. She served in that capacity for 10 years until being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. As a member of the Missouri State Senate, Danner served as Chairman of the Transportation Committee and Vice Chairman of the Education Committee.
Born January 13, 1934, Congresswoman Danner attended Bevier High School in Macon County, Missouri. She graduated with honors from Northeast Missouri State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.
Pat Danner has four children -- Stephen, Stephanie, Shane and Shavonne. She is married to C. Markt Meyer, a retired airline captain for Trans World Airlines.