Jolie Justus

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Jolie L. Justus
Sen. Jolie Justus.jpg
Member of the Missouri Senate
from the 10th district
In office
Preceded by Charles Wheeler
Succeeded by Jeanie Riddle
Personal details
Born (1971-02-24) February 24, 1971 (age 46)
Kansas City, Missouri
Political party Democratic
Residence Kansas City, Missouri
Website Official website

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

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.[2]


Jolie Justus was elected to the Missouri State Senate in 2006. She represented Kansas City and Grandview and currently serves as the Director of Pro Bono Services for the law firm of Shook, Hardy, & Bacon LLP.[3] Under her direction, this company has been recognized as one of the Top 100 free legal services programs in the nation.[4]

In 2015 Jolie Justus ran for Kansas City Council's 4th District seat to replace termed-out incumbent, Jan Marcason, and garnered 72% of the vote in the April 7th municipal primary.[5] She won the June 23, 2015 Kansas City General Election against her challenger, John Fierro, obtaining 76.4% of the votes.[6]


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
2007 - 2015
Succeeded by
Jeanie Riddle