Jolie Justus

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Jolie L. Justus
Sen. Jolie Justus.jpg
Member of the Missouri Senate
from the 10th district
Assumed office
January 2007
Preceded by Charles Wheeler
Personal details
Born (1971-02-24) February 24, 1971 (age 43)
Kansas City, Missouri
Political party Democratic
Residence Kansas City, Missouri

Jolie L. Justus (born February 24, 1971 in Kansas City, Missouri) is an American lawyer and politician from Missouri. A Democrat, she is a member of the Missouri State Senate representing the 10th Senatorial District in Kansas City, and currently serves as the Missouri Senate Minority Leader.

Early life and Education[edit]

A lawyer by trade, she was raised in Branson, Missouri where she attended Branson High School.[1] She then went on to earn degrees at Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield and the University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Law.

Career [2][edit]

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. Since entering the Missouri Senate, she has been a leading advocate for children, women, working families, job creation, vibrant neighborhoods, and an independent judiciary.

Senator Justus has 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, Senator Justus holds key leadership roles as Minority Leader and Ranking Democrat on the Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.

Senator Justus represents Kansas City and Grandview 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.


Justus was the first openly gay member of the Missouri 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).

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Preceded by
Charles Wheeler
Missouri State Senator from the 10th District
Succeeded by