Government Relations

UM Legislative Update Newsletter

March 18 , 2005

Profile: Rep. Cathy Jolly, Co-chair of the UM Caucus

Jolly received a bachelor’s degree in political science from UM-Columbia and a juris doctorate degree from UM-Kansas City, where she graduated with distinction and received the Order of the Barristers and Order of the Bench and Robe.

"The University of Missouri had a solid curriculum to prepare me for my field and life experiences," Jolly said. "It had exposure to world-class professors who helped prepare me for the future; it had a diverse student population of which my best friends have been made; and it provided extracurricular activities and experiences that helped shape my desire to serve the public as an elected official."

Her favorite memory from her University days was serving as an intern in the Missouri State Capitol through the political science curriculum.

Today Jolly is back in the Capitol. She was first elected in 2000 to represent District 45, part of Jackson County, in the Missouri House of Representatives. She has served as a deputy whip and as past president of the Women Legislators of Missouri.

Before her election to the House, Jolly served as an assistant prosecuting attorney for the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office. She was coordinator for the Drug Abatement Response Team (DART).

Among other honors, Jolly is the recipient of the Hero of Health Care Award; Missouri Police Chiefs Association Legislative Award; the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association Young Lawyer of the Year Award; and was one of six selected as Women to Watch by the Kansas City Star.

The most important issue facing the University of Missouri today is funding, Jolly notes. "To get support, the University has the challenge of educating legislators about the need for affordable education for all families," she said. "This is a constant challenge due to the continual change of legislators because of term limits."

As co-chair of the University of Missouri Caucus, Jolly hopes to advocate for funding for the University. "The caucus should work for policies that will help make college affordable for all families," she said.

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