Jolie Justus

Jolie Justus

Infobox State Senator
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name =Sen. Jolie Justus
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state_senate =Missouri
district =10th
term_start =2007
term_end =present
preceded =Charles Wheeler
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birth_date =birth date and age|1971|02|24
birth_place =Kansas City, Missouri
residence =Kansas City, Missouri
party =Democrat
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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.

A lawyer by trade, she was raised in Branson, Missouri where she attended Branson High School. [ [ Justus for Senate ] ] She then went on to earn degrees at Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield and the University of Missouri–Kansas City School 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%. [] She was widely regarded as the most progressive candidate in the race, supporting minimum wage increases, abortion rights and stem cell research. [] 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.

A 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. [ [,1,285495.story?coll=la-headlines-nation More Gays Advocating Legislating - Los Angeles Times ] ]


External links

* [ General Assembly homepage]
* [ Official blog]

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