Senator Beck defends workers and their rights, promotes public education, encourages job creation and champions affordable health care for all. He is an adamant supporter of public safety and first responders.
Aside from his legislative duties, Sen. Beck enjoys a 36-year career as a proud pipefitter and member of UA Local 562. He served on the Affton School Board for nine years, including two years as president. During his tenure, he expanded early childhood education and increased opportunities for students pursuing STEM careers.
Born and raised in St. Louis County, Sen. Beck graduated from Lindbergh High School in 1983 and attended St. Louis Community College. He has been married for 35 years to his wife, Marilyn, and has two children and three grandchildren.
Greg started his sheet metal career, following in his father’s footsteps, becoming an apprentice in 1983 while still attending Maple Woods Community College. He took a leave of absence from his apprenticeship to finish his formal education at Northwest Missouri State University with a combined degree in Industrial Technology and Business in 1985. Upon his graduation from college, Greg restarted his apprentice training and became a journeyman in 1989. Greg immediately started giving back to trade, teaching for the Local 2 JATC that fall. While still teaching, Greg was elected to the Local 2 Executive board in 1994. In 1999, when Local 2’s apprentice program began daytime training, Greg was chosen as a full-time instructor. While teaching at the JATC, Greg received a degree in Labor Education from the National Labor College in 2003. While still teaching, Greg was then elected as union President in 2000 later left the JATC when he was elected as Business Representative in 2003. Greg has been the Business Manager of Local 2 since 2014. Greg serves as a trustee of the Sheet Metal Workers National Pension Fund, Financial Secretary Treasure of the Kansas City Building Trades and Financial Secretary Treasurer of Sheet Metal Workers Great Plains Council.
In addition to his career as a sheet metal worker, Greg served his community on the Smithville Board of Education from 2008 to 2020 and is on the Board of Directors for Working Families Friend.
Greg has been married to his wife, Jeanette, for 35 years and has two sons and a granddaughter.
His past positions include treasurer as well as executive board member. Jim is also a Tri-County Labor Club member and was greatly involved with the No on Prop A campaign from beginning to the end.
Alise Martiny has worked in the construction industry for over forty years. After graduating from a pre-apprenticeship program, she was accepted into the Kansas City Cement Masons’ Apprenticeship Program in 1980.
Alise has worked as a journeyperson on thousands of job sites. She earned the admiration and respect of her co-workers for being a hard worker and a team player. She began utilizing her knowledge and skill in the trades and obtained the position of Apprenticeship Coordinator in 1993 and Business Agent for the Cement Masons’ and Plasterers’ Local Union 518 in 1999. Alise is on her sixth term as an officer in her local, serving as President for four and currently vice-president. She also serves on the Health and Welfare Trust Fund and Pension Plans, and as a delegate to the Tri-County Labor Council, Kansas City Labor Council, the Missouri State Building and Trades, and a delegate for her local union at all State Conferences and National Conventions.
In the Spring of 2006, Alise was hired by the Builders Association as the Workforce Development Manager and assisted contractors and unions in recruiting the workforce for our industry. In 2012 she was encouraged to run for Business Manager/Financial Secretary for the Greater Kansas City Building and Construction Trades Council by both the Builders Association and several trade unions. Alise was elected in July of 2012 and is the first woman to hold that position.
Alise has actively recruited women and minorities during her entire career. She currently serves on several community boards, including Kansas City, Missouri Construction Workforce Board, Kansas City, Kansas Contract Fairness Board, Kansas Apprenticeship Council, Kansas Workforce Partnership Board, Greater Kansas City United Way Board, Truman Medical Center, and was appointed by Governor Kelly to serve on the first Sparks Taskforce. Alise has just completed her term on the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Economic Advisory Council. When Alise isn’t working, she loves life, music and spending time with her family.