State Treasurer Clint Zweifel To Speak At April Club Meeting

April 13, 2012

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The special guest speaker at the April meeting of the Randolph County Democrat Club will be current State Treasurer, Clint Zweifel.

The meeting will be at Nelly’s on April 19, with social time at 6:00, dinner at 6:30, and program/meeting at 7:00.  Hosts for the evening are Sue Fennel and Bonnie McKeown, taking reservations at 660-277-4713 or 660-263-6090 by 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday the 18th.  It is especially important to RSVP as Democrats from surrounding counties are being invited to join us as well for this special opportunity.

Clint Zweifel was elected in November 2008, the youngest Missouri State Treasurer in more than 100 years.  Since his first day in office, Clint has focused on job creation and the economy, helping more families save for college and running an efficient and accountable office that stretches tax dollars further.

Clint is a lifelong Missourian, born and raised in Florissant.  His dad was a union carpenter and his mom was a hairdresser.  He because the first person in his family to attend college, earning a BA in Political Science and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

In 2002, Clint ran for the Missouri House of Representatives.  Despite facing an incumbent, Clint won by 67 votes out of more than 13,000 cast.  He served 6 years in the Missouri House before running for State Treasurer in 2008.  Clint and his wife Janice have been married for 14 years and are parents to two daughters, Selma and Ellie.  Janice, a behavior analyst, works with children and adults with special needs.  The Zweifel family currently resides in Columbia.

Through the toughest economy since the Great Depression, Treasurer Zweifel has protected Missouri’s perfect AAA credit rating and served as a strong partner for Missouri’s farms and small businesses by investing almost $1 billion in low-interest loans impacting more than 16,000 jobs. A Democrat, he recently received the highest possible audit score from the Republican State Auditor. This ranking places Treasurer Zweifel’s office in the top 3 percent of government agencies in the state.

Treasurer Zweifel was the first member of his family to attend college and believes access to quality, affordable higher education is crucial to Missouri’s ability to compete in a global economy. As State Treasurer, he leads MOST–Missouri’s 529 College Savings Plan, which helps families save for a child’s higher education. MOST 529 was recently ranked #1 in the nation in for advisor-sold plans and its direct-sold plan is has the 6th lowest costs in the country. Treasurer Zweifel negotiated the largest reduction in cost for families in the plan’s history – 54 percent – and recently partnered with private-sector investors to offer $500,000 in grants to match what qualifying low- and middle-income families are able to save for their child’s education.

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