- Jolie Justus
Infobox State Senator
name =Sen. Jolie Justus
preceded =Charles Wheeler
birth_date =birth date and age|1971|02|24
Kansas City, Missouri
Kansas City, Missouri
website = [http://www.justusforsenate.com justusforsenate.com]
Jolie Justus (b. February 24, 1971) is an American lawyer and politician from
Missouri. A Democrat, she is a member of the Missouri State Senate, representing the state's 10th District in Kansas City.
lawyerby trade, she was raised in Branson, Missouriwhere she attended Branson High School. [ [http://www.justusforsenate.com/page.php?c=about Justus for Senate ] ] She then went on to earn degrees at Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield and the University of Missouri–Kansas CitySchool of Law. She now works for the law firm of Shook, Hardy & Bacon.
She was elected to the Senate in 2006, winning the Democratic primary election held on August 8, 2006 with 33% of the vote in a four-candidate field. Her nearest contender, former state representative Jason Klumb, got 30%. [http://www.sos.mo.gov/enrweb/raceresults.asp?eid=173&oid=39289] She was widely regarded as the most progressive candidate in the race, supporting
minimum wageincreases, abortion rightsand stem cell research. [http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/14857061.htm] In the general election, she faced only nominal Republican opposition in what is one of the state's most reliably Democratic districts. She defeated her Republican opponent Jerry Mounts by 72% to 28%. She took office in January 2007.
lesbian, she was the first openly gay member of the Missouri State Senate and only the third ever publicly gay member of the Missouri General Assembly, after Representatives Tim Van Zandt(D-Kansas City) and Jeanette Mott Oxford(D-St. Louis). Her 2006 campaign won the support of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, which channeled thousands of dollars into her campaign. [ [http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-gayelect7aug07,1,285495.story?coll=la-headlines-nation More Gays Advocating Legislating - Los Angeles Times ] ]
* [http://www.senate.mo.gov/07info/members/mem10.htm General Assembly homepage]
* [http://joliejustus.blogspot.com/ Official blog]
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