Kent Gaines

Director of Government Affairs – Southeast Region
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kent-gainesKent Gaines formerly of Gaines Consulting, was a full service lobbying and consulting firm in Jefferson City, Missouri. The firm’s clientele and issue management experience ranged from sports, agriculture, environmental, insurance, education, political subdivisions and large corporations. Kent has been a governmental consultant in Missouri state government for over 27 years, specializing in legislative matters at the state and federal level. In this capacity he has provided assistance in advocating, monitoring, drafting and amending legislation on behalf of clients with both the legislative and executive branches of government. Kent is an accomplished veteran in securing state & federal resources for his clients, upwards in over $300 million in state tax credits and public infrastructure grants. Some of the clients that Kent has successfully represented are: Monsanto, Premium Standard Farms, ABCTE, Lloyds of London and the Kansas City Chiefs. For several years Kent was a member with John Britton & Associates. Kent organized and became Managing Partner of Gaines Brown Consulting, L.L.C. from 2001 to 2006. Kent has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing/Political Science.

Kent worked to advance economic development legislation in the following areas of tax increment financing, distressed community definitions, eminent domain laws, and special tax incentives related to large corporations. He also worked for the MO Department of Economic Development in a trade promotions role, and has helped authorize several high-technology tax incentives such as the state research & development tax credit program. Kent made a notable legislative effort related to long-term economic development to assist with the funding proposal for renovations to the publicly owned Truman Sports Complex. Passed legislation allowed the total tax package collected for the renovations for the Truman Sports Complex to be used for the sole purpose of renovation of the Complex.

Kent worked for several clients on transportation policy and/or environmental engineering interests important to the Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT). Recent project experience related to MODOT have included the negotiation of new road-building material specifications in the MODOT Revised State Operations Manual, and funding or legislative oversight over the “design & build” Highway 63 corridor project near Kirksville, MO. Kent worked on one-call legislation as well as right-of-way issues that affect cities and utilities across the state.

Kent has worked to identify a creative state solution to help assist the master lease maintenance and funding needs of the Jackson County Sports Complex Authority, a political subdivision of the Jackson County Legislature. I n 2008, Kent helped secure matching contributing tax credits from the Missouri Development Finance Board to move the Kansas City Chiefs training facility from River Falls, Wisconsin to St Joseph, Missouri. The money was used for the construction of a $10M world-class training facility at Missouri Western State University.

Kent helped pass one of the first Alternative Teacher Certification Acts in The US. The legislation was passed on behalf of the American Board for Certification for Teacher Excellence and allows career-oriented individuals an alternative route to becoming a teacher in the State of Missouri.

For over ten years, Kent secured more than $60 million in storm-water grants via state legislation to maintain economic stability to political subdivisions such as the St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District.


The Missouri Times collected a list of more than 100 people in the world of politics and political media that you need to know if you don’t already. The list doesn’t include legislators, but rather their staff and the governmental relations personnel and consultants that affect the outcomes of the legislator’s actions. Follow them on Twitter, familiarize yourself with their work and keep an eye out, because these people are not going anywhere. This list appeared in the August 1 issue of The Missouri Times. If you have any questions or comments about the list, email Scott Faughn at