JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Stephanie Boeth, Legislative Assistant for Rep. Noel Torpey, R-Independence, started her work in the Capitol at an unusual time. Barely finished with school, Boeth began working for Torpey on May 1, 2012 with only a few short weeks remaining in the legislative session — typically a very hectic time.
“I kind of got thrown right in,” Boeth told the Missouri Times. “I wrapped up school as soon as I could and got up here and started working.”
Torpey’s previous legislative assistant received another job offer, leaving the spot up for grabs. After working for the representative as an intern during a previous session, Boeth was more than willing to come back to Jefferson City.
Boeth has a degree from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, where she studied public administration with a minor in political science.
The 23-year-old grew up in Belton, Mo., and even though she lives in Jefferson City now — with Ashley Burke, Legislative Assistant to Rep. Jeff Grisamore, R-Lee’s Summit — she spends most of her weekends back in the Kansas City area where family and her best friend still live.
“Most of what I do for fun is in Kansas City,” Boeth said. “There’s so much to do whether it’s the Plaza or Power and Light or Westport.”
Boeth has her work cut out for her, as Torpey will have an extremely busy interim. Not only does he serve as Vice Chairman on the Interim Legislative Committee for Medicaid Transformation, but Torpey is the Chairman of the Interim Committee on Citizens and Legislators Working Group on Medicaid Eligibility and Reform — a non-legislative committee tasked with submitting a report to legislators laying out possible solutions for Medicaid throughout the state.
“Medicaid is just such an important issue and being able to work on that committee and that report and know that it could ultimately help decide what the law is, that’s just so amazing to me,” Boeth said. “It really is an honor to get to work on something so important.”
Both said working for Torpey is rewarding because not only is he involved in some of the states most important issues, but because he actively includes her in his process.
“He asks me what I think and he’ll show me research or language and want my input,” Boeth said. “And that’s really rewarding to know that he’s listening. And I know it sounds cheesy, but I don’t think I’d work for anyone other than [Torpey] in the building, because I know he’s here to make a difference and do good.”
Collin Reischman is the Managing Editor for The Missouri Times, and a graduate of Webster University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. To contact Collin, email email@example.com or via Twitter at @CMReischman