Get To Know Lauren Arthur
Lauren is currently serving her second term as State Representative for District 18. She sits on General Laws and Accounts Committees and is the ranking member on Health and Mental Health and Rules - Administrative Oversight Committees.
As a state legislator, Lauren has championed a number of policy issues. She has fought for funding for early literacy programs. She has filed legislation to bring greater transparency to elections, to protect survivors of domestic abuse and assault, and to make the Missouri Department of Revenue accountable to taxpayers.
Lauren was born and raised in the Northland. After graduating from North Kansas City's International Baccalaureate program, Lauren received a scholarship to Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.
During her time at Smith, Lauren interned at the Smithsonian's American History Museum and the Scottish Parliament. She graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in History.
Lauren returned home to Kansas City to work as a middle school teacher. She taught English Language Arts at Urban Community Leadership Academy, a charter school in the urban core. During that time, Lauren earned her Masters in Education from University of Missouri – St. Louis. Lauren worked as a Project Manager at VML, a global advertising agency headquartered in Kansas City. She now serves as Regional Director for Urban Leaders Fellowship, a program designed for early- to mid-career professionals who are looking to accelerate their leadership through a seven-week fellowship with a focus on policy.
In her civic life, Lauren is member of the Children's Trust Fund board and co-chair of Northland Neighborhoods, Inc. (NNI)'s legislative affairs committee. She has served on the North Kansas City School District's Strategic Plan Steering Committee. She also recently sponsored a child abuse prevention training with Synergy Services and hosts an annual food drive.
She enjoys spending time with her husband Russell and their dog Odie.