Speaker Profile

Kenny Hulshof
Shareholder, Polsinelli Shughart PC

Former Congressman Kenny Hulshof has established a strong national reputation as a leader with integrity. For 12 years (1997-2009), he served with distinction in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Missouri’s Ninth Congressional District.
Hulshof has championed legislation reflective of his diverse district:  education savings accounts; biofuels incentives; telemedicine and health IT initiatives. He rose to national prominence when he co-authored the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Act. The bill, signed into law by President Bill Clinton, helps individuals with disabilities lead independent, productive lives.  
Hulshof was appointed by former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich to the powerful Ways and Means Committee. Hulshof served on this prestigious committee during his entire congressional tenure and was a member of the Health and Trade subcommittees. He also served with distinction on the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct and the Budget Committee.
Prior to his congressional career, Hulshof served as a special prosecutor in the Office of Missouri Attorney General, prosecuting some of Missouri’s most high-profile death penalty cases. He also held previous positions as an assistant public defender and assistant prosecuting attorney for Cape Girardeau County, Missouri. Certified as a Specialist Instructor in Criminal Law, Hulshof frequently lectured at law enforcement conferences and seminars throughout the Midwest.
Most recently, Hulshof was the Republican nominee in the 2008 race for Missouri Governor and he continues to be in demand for speaking engagements on the topics of a national energy policy, tax reform, health care, and agriculture.