Jason Van Eaton
Vice President – Governmental Affairs
TITLE: Vice President – Governmental Affairs
JOB DESCRIPTION: Advocating for Southwest in Washington, D.C., in the Capitols of the states we serve, and in each of our cities.
EXPERIENCE: My professional life has always revolved around politics. I've spent the past 21 years working in politics and government in both state and federal affairs.
LENGTH OF SERVICE AT SOUTHWEST: After two years as an outside consultant, I officially joined Southwest in May, 2015.
EDUCATION: I received my bachelor's degree from Texas Christian University (Go Frogs!). I have also served as an adjunct professor in journalism/political advertising at the University of Missouri as well.
FAMILY: I have been married to Mindy for 18 wonderful years. We have two children, Reagan (14) and Clay (12). I have coached my son's basketball team for the last 4 years. Watching my son and his friends grow and learn good sportsmanship and team ethics had been a most rewarding experience.
FIRST PAYING JOB: I had so many in my teens it's hard to remember which one came first. I think it was one summer when I trimmed Christmas trees for a farmer in Southwest Missouri. Hot, labor intensive work!
PROUDEST MOMENT: When my beautiful wife agreed to marry me, followed closely by the scary, humbling experience the day each of my two children were born.
BEST ADVICE EVER RECEIVED: Think twice before saying nothing.
BEST ADVICE EVER GIVEN: Do the right thing, even when…especially when…it isn't easy or popular.