Community Driven, Family Oriented...
Born to Tom and Theo Berry on September 11, 1965 T.J. has been a lifelong Clay County resident. He graduated from Liberty High School in 1984 and then went onto earn his Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Arts Management through Central Missouri State, Warrensburg, MO. He completed his degree work in 3 years so he could marry his high school sweetheart, Shelly Ellison. They have two beautiful children, Alex and Sami, of who both are currently attending college.
At the beginning of his junior/senior year of college T.J. contracted the entrepreneurial bug. He started Oakstone Wood Shavings. The company primarily sold wood shavings to horse barns to use as their bedding material. This small business provided T.J. a great learning experience, along with a nice starter income while he finished college and established himself in the business world.
After completing his college degree T.J. joined Ashcraft Printing, where he had done a college internship previously. He was an account executive at Ashcraft and his duties involved calling on accounts and establishing relationships to sell printing on an ongoing basis.
In 1991 three big events happened in T.J.'s life that would forever change his direction:
Since winning his 2010 election T.J. serves on the following committees:
Within these committees T.J. has continually fought to create jobs and balance Missouri's budget.
He also saw a need for organization where the representatives of Clay, Jackson, Platte and Cass counties would meet and work on regional issues. T.J. created the Kansas City Caucus to facilitate this collaboration and now 17 republicans and 16 democrats work together to solve regional problems. T.J. is the republican chairman of his caucus and shares the leadership with his democratic counterpart Representative John Rizzo.
Outside his business life T.J. attend First Baptist Church of Kearney where he teaches and has been a deacon for many years. He is an avid golfer and likes to socialize with his large group of friends. T.J. currently resides in rural Clay County, just outside of Kearney.
...and wouldn't have it any other way.