After an accomplished career of working and volunteering to help Kansas City area children, women and some of the city’s poorest and most underserved communities, Jolie Justus was elected to the Missouri State Senate in 2006 and re-elected in 2010. Since entering the Senate, she has been a leading advocate for children, women, working families, job creation and an independent judiciary.

Senator Justus emerged as a tireless voice for Missouri’s most vulnerable citizens and a respected leader and champion for Kansas City. In addition to passing dozens of bills that benefit Missourians, Sen. Justus holds key leadership roles as Minority Leader, Chair of the Progress and Development Committee and Ranking Democrat on both the Judiciary and Jobs committees.

Originally elected to represent the people of Kansas City and Grandview, her district map changed for the final two years of her term. Senator Justus now represents the people of Callaway, Audrain, Monroe, Montgomery, Warren and Lincoln counties. Senator Justus lives in midtown Kansas City and currently serves as the Director of Pro Bono Services for the law firm of Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP. Under her direction, SHB has been recognized as one of the top 100 free legal services programs in the nation.