Mayor of Mission
Mayor Laura McConwell has served as the Mayor of Mission, Kansas since March 2002. Prior to becoming Mayor, she served as a city councilmember in Ward 4 and was a member of the Parks and Recreation Commission. Mayor McConwell serves, and has served, on many community and professional boards and associations. She is a 2006 graduate of the Eisenhower Leadership Series for Women, a 2008 graduate of Leadership Kansas, an honoree of the Greater Kansas City Women’s Foundation and, most recently, selected as an Influential Woman by KC Magazine.
Shortly after becoming Mayor, Mission created a community vision which established a road map for the future. Through her leadership, Mission developed great relationships with neighboring cities as well as with county, state and regional interests which afforded Mission the opportunity to take great strides in realizing its community vision and restoring Mission to the walkable, livable city that the residents, businesses and visitors desire. In 2008 Mayor McConwell was recognized as Kansas Mayor of the Year by the Kansas Mayor’s Association. Mission has maintained its high quality of services and healthy fund balances as it has improved its infrastructure systems to allow for redevelopment. As a result, Mission is a vibrant and busy place.
Outside of public office, Mayor McConwell practices law. In her busy practice, she represents a number of small businesses and individuals. Since being Mayor, her practice has primarily been focused on general civil litigation, transactional matters along with estate planning/probate and domestic litigation.
Mayor McConwell is a lifelong resident of Northeast Johnson County. She graduated from Shawnee Mission North High School, earned a Bachelors of Arts from Brown University, and a Juris Doctorate from University of Missouri- Kansas City. She and her husband have five children.