My husband Jerry and I live in the new 56th State House District because it is a great place to live, work and raise a family. I am a resident of Belton, Missouri, a wife, a mother and a grandmother. I am an attorney who has practiced law for 31 years and have my own firm located in Peculiar, Missouri. My practice is centered on issues involving children and families which includes work as a guardian ad litem for children and as a family law mediator. I am not a career politician.
I am proud to be a native Missourian; growing up on our family farm in Saline County, Missouri. My mother and father raised my two brothers and me on our family farm near Sweet Springs, Missouri. We raised cattle, hogs, and grew soybeans, corn and wheat. My mother still operates the farm. My father, besides being a farmer, was a member of Operating Engineers Local 101. My brothers and I graduated from high school in Sweet Springs, Missouri attending classes in the same building as my father.
My parents taught me the value and importance of hard work and commitment. They were married for 60 years before my father’s death. They were true partners in life, teaching us the values of teamwork, cooperation and respect. They would get up before sunrise each morning and work late into the night to give my brothers and me opportunities they did not have. Those opportunities included attending college and law school, allowing me to graduate from the University of Missouri-Columbia and to obtain my law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
My husband, Jerry Johnson, has been a Cass County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney since 1996. We celebrated our 32nd wedding anniversary this year. Our son Josh, daughter-in-law Tracy, and granddaughter, Rhianna, live near us in Belton. Jerry and Josh are veterans of the United States Air Force. My father served in the Navy during World War II. My mother worked as a secretary during the War at the Pratt Whitney plant in Kansas City. Service to our country and community are a tradition in my family.
That tradition of service is reflected in our involvement in civic organizations and our Church. I am privileged to be a part of the following organizations:
As a small business owner and the daughter of a farmer and union member, I understand the value of hard work and the importance of the opportunity to have a good job. My experiences as a children’s advocate, as an attorney, as a wife, mother, grandmother and daughter help me to understand the issues that are important to our families. Through my work in the community, I know the problems and difficulties facing families resulting from our elected representatives’ refusal to listen and to work for us. Our families need a voice for common sense instead of a voice for special interests. I will be your voice. We will have a representative responsive to your concerns and interested in helping you solve problems. I look forward to continuing my service and commitment to our community as your State Representative.
I look forward to working for you in Jefferson City.