97th General Assembly, 2nd Regular Session
Representative Brandon Ellington
Brandon Ellington
District 022

Years Served:
Hometown:Kansas City
Representative Brandon Ellington, a Democrat, represents part of Jackson County and Independence in the Missouri House of Representatives. He was first elected to the House of Representatives in a November 2011 special election.

During his time in the House of Representatives, Rep. Ellington has served as the Chairman of the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus (2015-2017), the Vice Chairman of the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus (2013-2015), and he is currently serving as the House Minority Whip.

Rep. Ellington is actively involved in the community by working with food pantries, starting programs to initiate neighborhood cleanup, mentorship, elderly assistance and community outreach, and coaching youth basketball. He is the cofounder of Voices of the People, a member of We the People, and serves as president of I Am My Brother’s Keeper. He is also a member of Giving Yourself Real Love (G.Y.R.L.).

Rep. Ellington is dedicated to being an advocate for the underprivileged and disenfranchised. He has introduced legislation proposing full decriminalization of marijuana-related offenses in the state of Missouri and supports legislation that expunges the records of those charged with marijuana-related offenses. Rep. Ellington also supports the immediate release of those incarcerated for marijuana-related offenses, should decriminalization pass.

Rep. Ellington lives in Kansas City and was born on November 18, 1980. He is a 1999 graduate of Paseo High School in Kansas City and attended Penn Valley University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Sponsored Bills
HB 1392 - (4530L.01I)
Establishes the Malcolm X Day Commission to organize activities and events in honor of the civil rights leader
HB 1393 - (4522L.01I)
Increases, from 15 days to 60 days, the time after a child's birth that the father has to file an action to establish paternity prior to an adoption or to file a notice with the Putative Father Registry
HB 1394 - (4531L.01I)
Authorizes a one-time expungement of certain criminal records including a conviction for any nonviolent crime, misdemeanor, or nonviolent drug violation
HB 1395 - (4529L.02I)
Repeals the provision allowing the Board of Probation and Parole to charge an offender an intervention fee
HB 1396 - (4525L.01I)
Requires all food and food products sold in Missouri that are or contain genetically modified products to be labeled indicating that the food is or contains genetically modified products
HB 1397 - (4524L.01I)
Establishes the Missouri Supporting Families Income Tax Holiday Act which allows an exemption from state withholding taxes for state employees in a specified month determined by the Department of Revenue
HB 1398 - (5120L.01I)
Requires same-day service for driver's license issuance and renewal, prior to January 2, 2016
HB 1399 - (5121L.01I)
Imposes a sales tax upon every retail sale of any handgun or ammunition, at the rate of one cent per transaction, for providing funds for mental health services
HB 1400 - (4528L.01I)
Establishes the Economic Development Grant Program to be used to reopen a closed manufacturing factory
HB 1401 - (4523L.01I)
Removes the statute of limitation for certain actions to recover damages regarding child abuse and sexual offenses committed against a child and allows prosecutions for child abuse to be commenced at any time
HB 1402 - (4540L.02I)
Requires the Department of Corrections to perform specified actions to improve the ability of working inmates to obtain employment upon release from incarceration
HB 1403 - (4527L.01I)
Allows certain small businesses to be eligible to claim any state tax credit, deduction, and other exemption from tax that specified corporations are allowed to claim
HB 1404 - (4526L.01I)
Requires all food or food products sold in Missouri that are derived from a cloned animal to be labeled indicating that the food is or contains products derived from cloned animals
HB 1405 - (4520L.01I)
Changes the eligibility requirements for medical assistance under the MO HealthNet program
HB 1406 - (4534L.01I)
Establishes the Minority Business Enterprise and Women's Business Enterprise Oversight Review Committee to assist these business enterprises in bidding on state contracts
HB 1407 - (4519L.01I)
Requires any criminal justice entity conducting eyewitness identifications to adopt specific procedures for conducting photo and live lineups that meet specified requirements
HB 1408 - (4353L.01I)
Increases the state minimum wage to $10.25 per hour
HB 1505 - (5467L.01I)
Requires the Board of Probation and Parole to periodically review the case history of certain convicted offenders serving sentences of more than 15 years or life without parole
HB 1697 - (5197L.03I)
Designates May 19 as "Malcolm X Observation Day" in Missouri
HB 1698 - (5280L.01I)
Revises the definition of "liquor store" as it applies to the provisions regarding temporary assistance for needy families benefits
HB 1699 - (5453L.02I)
Requires uniformed law enforcement officers to wear a video camera while on duty to record any interaction between a law enforcement officer and a member of the public and to preserve the recordings for 30 days
HB 1700 - (5707L.01I)
Specifies that a person applying for state employment, public assistance, or state housing assistance cannot be required to disclose any prior nonviolent felony plea or conviction with certain exceptions
HB 1701 - (4518L.02I)
Requires the establishment of a process by which a student in an unaccredited district who is enrolled in a public school that is not A+ designated can receive reimbursement under the A+ Schools Program
HB 1702 - (5599L.01I)
Changes the eligibility requirements for medical assistance under the MO HealthNet Program by expanding eligibility to 138% of the federal poverty level
HB 1703 - (5294L.01I)
Creates the Missouri Juneteenth Heritage and Jazz Festival and Memorial Fund and changes the distribution of funds from the professional athletes and entertainers tax
HB 2071 - (6332L.01I)
Designates May 19 of each year as "El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz Observation Day" in Missouri
HB 2090 - (6345L.01I)
Requires the Board of Probation and Parole to periodically review the case history of certain convicted offenders serving sentences of more than 15 years or life without parole
HB 2159 - (6364L.01I)
Requires a criminal background check prior to the sale or transfer of a firearm and requires the reporting of a lost or stolen firearm
HB 2160 - (6236L.01I)
Authorizes a state and local sales and use tax exemption for items purchased at a prison canteen or commissary
HB 2234 - (6076L.01I)
Allows marijuana convictions to be expunged for certain persons contingent upon the passage of a constitutional amendment or other statutory enactment legalizing marijuana
HJR 64 - (5456L.01I)
Proposes a constitutional amendment prohibiting the establishment of any law that imposes a burden or barrier to voting not contained within the Missouri Constitution
HJR 86 - (6023L.01I)
Proposes a constitutional amendment legalizing marijuana use for persons 21 years or age or older
Co-sponsored Bills
Past Legislation