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Michael Q. McShane

State Representative Rebecca Roeber passed away Monday night after a long and painful recovery from a brutal car accident this spring.

Rep. Roeber was a tireless advocate for Missouri’s children. She was perhaps the greatest champion of school choice in Jefferson City and worked for years to expand the educational options of our state’s children.

She was curious, she listened, and more than anything, she was kind. She modeled for all of us that we can be passionate advocates without demonizing those who disagree with us. Perhaps it was her years as a teacher that instilled these skills in her. Maybe it was just part of who she was.

We experienced a great loss this week, but it is important for all of us who believe in empowering families with choice to continue the work that she began. She would expect nothing less.

May she rest peacefully in the loving arms of the Lord she so loved.

About the Author

Michael McShane
Senior Fellow of Education Policy

Mike McShane is Senior Fellow of Education Policy for the Show-Me Institute. He is a former high school teacher and earned his PhD in Education Policy at the University of Arkansas. Before coming to the Show-Me Institute, Mike worked at the American Enterprise Institute as a research fellow.