About Councilwoman Justus
Jolie Justus represents Kansas City’s 4th District. For the 2015-2019 council term, Mayor Sly James has appointed Justus as Chair of the Airport Committee; Vice-Chair of the Finance and Governance Committee; Co-Chair of the Legislative Committee and member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
Jolie also serves as a member of the Midtown Housing Advisory Board, Truman Medical Center Board of Directors and 4th District Representative of the City Market Oversight Committee.
She joins the Council for her first term after nearly two decades of working tirelessly on issues of social and economic justice and sustainable economic development.
Jolie comes to the Council after eight years as a Missouri State Senator, where she served as Minority Leader and successfully led efforts to reform Missouri’s criminal justice system, spur economic and neighborhood development, and to improve the lives of women, children and working families.
In addition to her work for Kansas City, Jolie is the Director of Pro Bono Services for the law firm of Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP, where she is a champion for Kansas City’s most vulnerable citizens. She volunteers her time with several community organizations including service as an Adjunct Professor at University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law; Board Member for Crittenton Children’s Center; Advisory Board Member for KC Care Clinic; Chair of the UMKC Chancellor’s LGBT Council; Member of the Women’s Public Service Network; and volunteer for PROMO and Operation Breakthrough.
Jolie received her J.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law and her B.S. in Communications from Missouri State University. Jolie and her partner Lucy make their home in the Longfellow neighborhood with a pack of crazy rescue dogs and a sporadically productive urban garden.
Jolie’s Legislative Aide is Alec E. Kelley.