Chris Gahagan
City Council 1st District

I have unwavering optimism in Kansas City’s future. We are in the perfect position to improve the lives of all Kansas Citians and grow our local economy by creating jobs and attracting new development.

The First District is vital to the long-term success of Kansas City. We produce substantially more revenue than we receive. WE DESERVE OUR FAIR SHARE.

I will fight to keep the Northland strong.


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Meet Chris Gahagan

Chris Gahagan is a lifelong Kansas Citian and a proud resident of the First District for over 20 years. Chris believes that hard work and optimism can overcome any obstacle. 

In 2020, Chris was chosen by the judges of the Clay County Circuit Court to serve on the Clay County Constitutional Charter Commission. This bipartisan commission that was hand-picked to clean up county government drafted a Clay County Constitution which was approved by over 80% of Clay County voters. 

Chris can build consensus. During nearly 30 years as general counsel for a south KC school district, he learned firsthand that decisions made by local government have direct impact in the community. These issues—roads, sidewalks, parks, economic development, public safety—can bring a community together or tear it apart. Chris knows that the most effective officeholders are those who meet with the stakeholders, listen to them, and then build a consensus. 

Chris attended UMKC where he received his law degree after receiving a B.A. inPolitical Science. His legal career has been equally split between representing K-12 school districts and representing injured individuals. 

Chris is an involved member of the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Clay County Economic Development Council. He is a board member of Heart of the Father Initiative, an organization that helps families of victims of homicide. Chris is also a founding member of Friends of KC Pet Project.

  • 30 years practicing law in Kansas City
    Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce
    Clay County Economic Development Council
    Clay County Constitutional Charter Commission

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"Problem-solving and pragmatism are more important than ideological purity."


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PO BOx 47098
Kansas City, MO 64188
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