Jolie Justus

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Jolie Justus
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Missouri State Senate, District 10
In office
2007 - present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 7
Minority Floor Leader, Missouri State Senate
2013 - present
Base salary$35,915/year
Per diem$103.20/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2006
Term limits2 four-year terms
Bachelor'sSouthwest Missouri State University, 1994
J.D.University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1998
BirthdayFebruary 24, 1971
Place of birthKansas City, Missouri
Office website
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Jolie L. Justus (b. February 24, 1971) is a Democratic member of the Missouri State Senate, representing District 10. She was first elected to the chamber in 2006. She currently serves as Minority Floor Leader, and previously served as Assistant Minority Floor Leader.


Justus attended the University of Missouri-Columbia from 1989 to 1992 and earned her B.S. in Communications from Southwest Missouri State University in 1994 as well as her J.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1998. Her professional experience includes working as Director of Pro Bono Services for Shook Hardy & Bacon and as an attorney.[1]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Justus served on the following committees:

Missouri Committee Assignments, 2013
Jobs, Economic Development and Local Government
Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence
Progress and Development, Chair
Joint Committee on Administrative Rules
Joint Committee on Capital Improvements and Leases Oversight
Joint Committee on Child Abuse
Joint Committee on Legislative Research
Joint Committee on Missouri's Promise
Joint Committee on MO Health Net


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Justus served on the following committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Justus served on the following committees:



Justus was a major opponent of a bill that made any abortion after 20 weeks of gestation illegal. The bill passed in the Senate during the 2011 session.

Justus said no fetus at 20 weeks of gestation has ever been viable to the point where life could be sustained outside the womb. She argued that the bill represents an unprecedented level of political interference into scientifically established medical practices. Justus said the nature of late-term abortions has been smeared and that of 63 abortions performed after 20 weeks in Missouri last year, virtually all involved planned pregnancies that suffered a medical mishap.

“From talking to the doctors at the only hospital in the state where these services actually take place, they explained to me that these are not people who are coming in at 20 weeks or later and saying, ‘You know what, I’ve decided I don’t want this baby; take it out of me,’” Justus said. “That’s just not happening.”

Sen. Robert Mayer sponsored the bill and said that in the cases Justus described mothers would still be able to get an abortion under the new law. He said the intent of adding new provisions was to provide more protection to unborn children by requiring, among other things, a second medical opinion in such cases.[2]


Justus proposed a bill that aimed to curb the problem of bullying in Missouri schools by establishing new training and reporting requirements. The biggest change contained in the bill is a provision that removes the requirement that school policies treat all students equally and not identify lists of protected classes of students based on such traits as race or sexual orientation.[3]



See also: Missouri State Senate elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Justus won re-election to the Missouri State Senate. She faced Jim Lepper in the primary. Bob Ludlow ran for the seat on the Libertarian ticket. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[4]

Missouri State Senate, District 10 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jolie Justus (D) 33,634
Bob Ludlow (L) 10,402


See also: Missouri State Senate elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Justus won election to the 10th District Seat in the Missouri State Senate, defeating Jerry Mounts (R).[5]

Missouri State Senate, District 10 (2006)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.pngJolie Justus (D) 37,563 72.1%
Jerry Mounts (R) 14,536 27.9%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Justus is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Justus raised a total of $553,481 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 21, 2013.[6]

Jolie Justus's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Missouri State Senate, District 10 Not up for election $140,014
2010 Missouri State Senate, District 10 Won $219,197
2008 Missouri State Senate, District 10 Not up for election $28,265
2006 Missouri State Senate, District 10 Won $166,005
Grand Total Raised $553,481


Justus was not up for election to the Missouri State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Justus raised a total of $140,014.
Missouri State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jolie Justus's campaign in 2012
Noranda Aluminum$10,000
Ameristar Casinos$5,000
Burns & Mcdonnell$4,500
Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce$3,500
Total Raised in 2012$140,014
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, a year in which Justus was up for re-election to Senate District 10, she collected $219,197 in donations.[6]

Her four largest contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Greater Kansas City Chamber Of Commerce $6,439
Langdon Emison Kuhlman & Evans $5,500
Dollar Burns & Becker $5,000
Burns & Mcdonnell $3,250


In 2006, a year in which Justus was up for election to Senate District 10, she collected $166,005 in donations.[7]

Her four largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Justus, Jolie L $3,094
Missouri Democratic Party $3,000
Ameristar Casinos $2,300
Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce $1,300


On May 1, 2009, Justus married Shonda Garrison in a ceremony in Iowa after the Iowa Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal in Iowa. Justus and Garrison, as well as sixteen other couples from Missouri, traveled together to Iowa to tie the knot. (A 2004 constitutional amendment prevented legal recognition by the state of Missouri of same-sex marriages made in other states.)[8]

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