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January 22, 2009

Karen King Mitchell Confirmed By Senate As Director of Missouri Department of Revenue

JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri Senate today unanimously approved the nomination of Karen King Mitchell as director of the Missouri Department of Revenue.

“Karen is eminently qualified for this crucial job, and I’m pleased that her appointment has been approved,” said Gov. Jay Nixon.  “The Department of Revenue provides some of the most basic and important services for the people of Missouri, so it’s reassuring to know that the department is in good hands.”

Mitchell, a resident of Columbia, acknowledged the challenges that lie ahead as the department’s chief administrator.

“I am humbled by the confidence shown in me by Governor Nixon and the Senate,” Mitchell said. “I look forward to moving the Department of Revenue in a new direction that stresses efficiency in its operations while serving the people of Missouri.”

Mitchell takes over the department after working nearly 20 years in the Missouri Attorney General’s Office.  While in that office she served in a number of capacities, including chief deputy attorney general, state solicitor and chief counsel of the governmental affairs division.

Mitchell, 50, is a 1984 graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, and also received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1981.

The Department of Revenue was established in the Missouri Constitution in 1945, and is the central collection agency for state revenue.  Besides collecting taxes, the department’s responsibilities also include titling and registering motor vehicles and issuing driver licenses.