Steve Howe is a native Kansan, growing up in Salina. Steve was raised with traditional Kansas values... faith, devotion to family and a spirit of community. These values instilled in Steve an interest in public service and inspired his passion for public safety. Steve graduated from Washburn University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. Shortly after graduation, he entered Washburn Law School with a goal of becoming a prosecutor.
Steve's commitment to law enforcement led to his selection during law school to intern in the office of then Kansas Attorney General Robert Stephan. Following graduation, Steve honed his prosecutorial skills as an assistant district attorney in Shawnee County. Steve's record of performance in Shawnee County led to his becoming an assistant district attorney in Johnson County in 1991, where for nearly 16 years, he prosecuted a myriad of cases touching on virtually all aspects of criminal law including homicide.
Steve is a widely recognized expert in the prosecution of those who abuse dependent and elder adults. His expertise in this area led to appearances before the Kansas Legislature while spearheading the successful passage of legislation protecting the most vulnerable in our community. Steve's dedication to this cause is further demonstrated by his active membership on the C.O.M.V.A.C. elder abuse committee.
Steve has also proven his skills as an administrator. Steve was instrumental in the establishment of the first consumer fraud/white collar investigation unit within the Johnson County District Attorney's office. During Steve's supervision and active involvement in prosecutions, this unit has been responsible for numerous large judgments against violators of the Kansas Consumer Protection Act. Steve also supervised the office's intern program.
After 18 years as a prosecutor, scores of prosecutions, and more than 90 jury trials, Steve left the Johnson County District Attorney's Office in early 2007 after a controversial restructuring of the office by the newly appointed administration. Steve is now in private practice with the Jones Law Firm tackling a wide variety of litigation. Unable to shake his passion for justice, Steve continues to prosecute violations of the Kansas Consumer Protection Act via civil actions against those who seek to take advantage of his fellow Kansans.
Steve resides in Shawnee with Cyndi, his wife of 16 years, and their four children. Steve has been a longtime contributor to the community: coaching his children's soccer teams; serving terms on the board of his homes association, including a term as president; as well as continuing to speak before community groups on a wide range of legal topics including fraud prevention. Steve and his family are active members of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.