Fourth District Councilmember Daniel Hobart was elected to his first term on the Independence City Council in June 2020. He is a lifelong Independence resident that attended Luff Elementary, Bridger Jr. High and Truman High School graduating in 1991, Leroy Brown’s last graduating class. He went on to Graceland College where he earned a B.A. in History in 1995. He then went to Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa where he graduated in 1998 with his Juris Doctorate.
Councilmember Hobart passed the Missouri Bar in 1998 and went to work for the Public Defender’s office in Rolla, Missouri. He took the Kansas Bar in 1999 with an eye on returning to the KC area, which he did in 2001, and going into solo practice in 2003. Having earned his Eagle Scout in 1988 and then working as a public defender gave him a greater appreciation for service to community. His interest in City government peaked last summer with the budget issue that nearly ended City retirees’ health benefits, which included his dad, a retired Independence police officer.