No one is more committed than Jolie Justus to making Kansas City a place where thriving, diverse neighborhoods are home to individuals of all backgrounds who are raising families, building careers, getting an education, enjoying retirement, or simply loving everything the city has to offer.
As a Kansas City Councilmember, Jolie has worked closely with Mayor Sly James to turn Kansas City into a world-class, 21st-century city. From leading the fight for a new, single terminal at KCI to expanding Kansas City’s downtown streetcar line, Jolie has helped pave the way for Kansas City’s success story.
Representing Kansas City’s 4th District, Jolie was appointed by Mayor James to serve as the Chair of the Airport Committee; Vice-Chair of the
Finance and Governance Committee; and member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
Highly regarded as one of the council’s most pragmatic leaders, Jolie has the experience we need to continue growing our momentum. The Kansas City story is still being written and we need a steady hand to lead our next chapter.
Prior to serving on the City Council, Jolie represented the Kansas City area in the Missouri State Senate. There too, she earned a reputation for getting things done and working across party lines to find areas of common ground.
One of her most significant accomplishments was an overhaul of the state’s criminal justice code that brought out-of-date policies from the 1970s into the 21st Century. The badly needed criminal justice reform was lauded by prosecutors, law enforcement, defense lawyers and victims’ advocates for creating a system that was more just, more fair, and more effective.
While in Jefferson City, she served as the Senate Democratic Leader and was the chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Progress and Development and ranking member of both the Judiciary Committee and the Senate’s Committee on Jobs, Economic Development and Local Government.
Jolie is a graduate of Missouri State University and University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Law. Since 2003 Jolie has served as the Director of Pro Bono Services for Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P., where she is a champion for Kansas City’s most vulnerable citizens.
Jolie and her partner Lucy live in the Longfellow neighborhood, where they pretend to have control over a pack of energetic rescue dogs and plant what they generously refer to as an urban garden.