"Politics isn't about big money or power games; it's about the improvement of people's lives." – Senator Paul WellstoneJeanne was featured in an article in Governing magazine regarding the Democratic shift in suburban America. click here to read the article
Because I still agree so strongly with this statement made by the late Senator Paul Wellstone, I am seeking re-election in 2014 as State Representative in the 91st District. The new district boundaries include most of Crestwood, Shrewsbury and Webster Groves, a portion of Marlborough and Wards 16 & 23 in the City of St. Louis.
Shepherding legislation through with strong bi-partisan support that improved property tax accuracy and benefits our public schools and that added a nurse to the MO HealthNet Oversight Committee, which oversees the state Medicaid program, has been rewarding.
Working hard to understand all aspects of my job, such as the $9 billion budget for the Departments of Health, Mental Health and Social Services is important to me. As a member of that appropriations committee, I traveled the state visiting mental health facilities and habilitation centers and have been on home visits with other health care providers. By seeing things firsthand and speaking directly with staff, clients and administrators, I can better understand their needs and the issues they face.
Serving on the Local Government, Health Care Policy and Budget Committees gives me a voice on a wide range of issues. I am a member of the MO HealthNet Oversight Committee (Medicaid), the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators and the Women Legislator's Lobby. In August 2012, I was appointed to the Joint Committee on Child Abuse & Neglect.
At home, you'll find me visiting with people, local officials, businesses, schools, organizations and attending events.
When asked about my work as a state representative, I always say, "The hardest part is being away from my family and the best part is when I can help someone resolve a problem, big or small." Being able to lend a hand truly makes it all worthwhile.
State policies have a big impact on our daily lives and I want to make sure the results are positive and benefit as many as possible. I will keep working hard to make sure that people affected by the decisions made in Jefferson City can get their two cents in when it counts, not after the fact. You have my promise to continue using common sense, listening and working hard for the people of the 91st District and the state of Missouri.