Why I Serve


I view my legislative role as an extension of my community service and not a sole source of income. 

 My experience, as a legislator, and working relationships with constituents, county employees and elected officials throughout the Kansas City Metro Area allows me to be especially effective in serving my district.

I am committed to the best interests of the working families and seniors in my district.  I believe it is essential to provide basic governmental service in a quality manner.  Roads, bridges, police protection, parks and quality school systems make our City strong.  In the next term I hope to address the following: 

  • Work with the Sheriff’s Department and Drug Task Force to focus on gang activities in Eastern Jackson County.
  • Increase drug prevention and education programs for our young people.
  • Cooperate with other governmental entities to collaborate on services, thereby improving the quality of service and holding the line on costs.
  • Maintain our great County parks.


More About Dennis


  • Van Horn High School,  1966
  • U.S. Army National Guard,  1970-1976
  • University of Missouri - Kansas City – B.A.  1971
  • University of Missouri - Kansas City – School of Law   1986
  • Criminal Defense Attorney for more than 20 years
  • Private practice – 204 W. Kansas, Independence, MO 64050
  • Married to wife, Debbie
  • Daughters – Courtney Waits and Paige Waits, both daughters attended Truman High School and are now attorneys practicing in the Kansas City Metro Area


Community Service

  • Past President Inter-City Kiwanis        
  • Fairmount Commercial Club
  • Board of Trustees Mt. Washington Cemetery
  • Jackson County Industrial Development Authority
  • Youth sports coach
  • Chancellor’s Advisory Board – Metropolitan Community College
  • Independence School District Facilities Oversight Committee


Legislative Experience

  • Chairman of Legislature           
  • Vice Chairman of Legislature
  • Chairman of Finance & Audit Committee   
  • Chairman of Land Use Committee
  • Chairman of Budget Committee       
  • Chairman of Anti-Drug Committee
  • Chairman Health & Justice Committee   
  • Bi-State commission Representative       
  • Chairman of Intergovernmental Affairs Committee
  • Board of Trustees Little Blue Valley Sewer District
  • Member Public Works Committee
  • Member Rules Committee