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About Rory

30-year LegalCareer

  • Ellinger & Associates, St. Louis and O'Fallon, President
  • NAACP of St. Charles County, former Legal Counsel
  • Legal Services of Northeast Missouri, Founding Executive Director
  • Missouri Public Service Commission, former Assistant General Counsel
  • Honored by ACLU of Eastern Missouri for contributions to civil liberties


Gubernatorial Appointments

  • Commissionon State Medical Certificate of Need, appointed by Gov. JayNixon
  • State Welfare to Work Commission, appointed by Gov. Bob Holden
  • Missouri Foundation for Health, largest not-for-profit funder of community health care in Missouri, appointed by Gov. Mel Carnahan


Economic and Neighborhood Development

  • UnitedWay of St. Louis Low Income Housing Committee, former member
  • Urban League of St. Louis, member
  • University City Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Commission, VP
  • University City Land Clearance for Redevelopment Commission, member
  • Mag-Mart LLC – Partner, real estate holding and development company
  • Musick Neighborhood Association, former President


Health Care

  • Missouri Foundation for Health, Founding Board Member. The Foundation has distributed more than $363 million to bring affordable health care to Missourians
  • Crider Mental Health Center in Wentzville, Treasurer
  • Crider Federally Qualified Health Center serving Franklin, St. Charles, Lincoln and Warren Counties, Endowment Board Member, Treasurer


Public Education

  • University City School Board, elected four terms; 10 years as President or VP. Focused on teacher evaluation, and finance.
  • University City Education Foundation Board, Chairman of the Endowment Committee
  • Recipient of the Martin Luther King Spirit Awardfrom the School District of University City
  • Two-time winner of Uniquely University City School District Award


Additional Leadership Service

  • Missouri Association for Social Welfare, Board President, VP, Treasurer, Endowment
  • St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre Board, Endowment Committee member
  • Former press aide to Lt. Governor Thomas F.Eagleton
  • Civil rights veteran, marched from Selma to Montgomery; bodyguard to the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., April 1966



  • Native of St. Louis County. Graduate of Bishop DuBourg High School
  • BA and JD, University of Missouri – Kansas City; MA, University of Missouri - Columbia



  • 20-year resident of Missouri's 86th District
  • 8-year soccer coach
  • Married to Linda Locke, principal, Reputare Consulting
  • Children: Maggie - law student; Martin - PeaceCorps Volunteer. Both attended University City Public Schools
  • Member, Ethical Society of St. Louis

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