About the Labor Commission
The Labor and Industrial Relations Commission (LIRC) is established by Section 49, Article IV, of the Missouri Constitution. The LIRC’s primary constitutional duty is to oversee the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (Labor Department). The LIRC is composed of three members appointed by the governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate. One member is classified as a representative of employers, one member is classified as a representative of employees, and one member is classified as a representative of the public. The public representative must be licensed to practice law in Missouri.
Chairman - Rodney J. Campbell
Rodney Campbell was appointed by the Governor as the public representative to the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission in April 2022 and appointed as chair in July 2022. Rodney previously served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Labor Division of the Missouri Attorney General’s Office. He then worked in private practice prior to joining the LIRC. Rodney is a graduate of Missouri State University and Saint Louis University School of Law.
Commissioner - Shalonn "Kiki" Curls
Shalonn “Kiki” Curls was appointed as the employee representative on the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission (LIRC) in January of 2020. Curls received her education from the University of Missouri-Columbia and previously worked in real estate development. Just prior to her appointment to the LIRC, Curls served as Missouri State Senator of the 9th District in Jackson County. She was elected to the Missouri Senate in a special election in 2011, after serving four (4) years in the Missouri House of Representatives from 2007-2011. During her years of public service in the Missouri Senate, Curls served in multiple leadership roles and on several statutory committees. She served as Assistant Democratic Floor Leader (2013-2015, 2017-2020) and Democratic Caucus Chair (2015-2017). She also served on several statutory committees including, but not limited to: Appropriations; Small Business and Insurance; Jobs, Economic Development and Local Government; Infrastructure & Public Safety; Administration and Agriculture. She has worked tirelessly on issues regarding economic development, decent and affordable housing and tenant’s rights. In addition to her service in the Missouri Legislature, Curls also served as 14th Ward Democratic Committeewoman for over 20 years in Kansas City.
Commissioner - Kathryn Swan
Kathryn Swan was appointed as the employer representative on the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission (LIRC) by Governor Michael L. Parson in July 2022.
She is the former President of JCS Wireless, a small wireless telecommunications company founded by her father, Charles W. (Sonny) Johnson. In addition, she has been employed in a variety of nursing positions at Saint Francis Healthcare System and Southeast Missouri State University.
Swan has served in several elected positions: Missouri State Representative – District 147, Cape Girardeau City Council, Cape Girardeau Board of Education, and Cape Girardeau County Republican Central Committee.
During her time in the Missouri House (2013-2021), she served as Chair of the Workforce Development Committee, Chair of the Elementary and Secondary Education Committee, and member of the Joint Committee on Education, Budget Committee, Professional Registration and Licensure, Higher Education Committee and Subcommittee on Appropriations – Health, Mental Health, and Social Services. She was successful in passing more than 30 pieces of legislation focused on education, healthcare, and workforce development.
Swan earned an A.A. in Nursing and B.S.N. from Southeast Missouri State University. She attends St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, serving as a church musician. She and her husband of 51 years, Reg, reside in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. They have two children and two grandchildren.