Jolie Justus

Mayor of Kansas City

Spotlight Candidate

Jolie will be the first openly LGBTQ mayor of a major city in the Heartland


Jolie Justus represents Kansas City’s 4th District.

In her current position as a Councilmember, Jolie was appointed by Mayor Sly 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. She came 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. 

Jolie works closely with Mayor James to turn Kansas City into a world-class, 21st-century city. She led the movement to improve Kansas City’s transportation infrastructure, including spearheading the fight for a new, single terminal at KCI and expanding Kansas City’s downtown streetcar line. Jolie’s current policy platform includes lowering Kansas City’s crime rates and creating a safer city for citizens, improving educational opportunities for all Kansas City residents and continuing infrastructure improvements, including comprehensive housing plans, protecting open spaces and investing in community growth. Jolie will be a champion for all of Kansas’s City’s communities, including the LGBTQ community.

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 volunteers 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 wife Lucy make their home in the Longfellow neighborhood with a pack of crazy rescue dogs and a sporadically productive urban garden.

You can watch her announcement video here.

LGBTQ history in the making:

  • Jolie will be the first openly LGBTQ mayor of a major city in the Heartland!

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