Meet Judy

Born in Columbia, Missouri to a public school teacher and U.S. Navy doctor, Judy followed in her parents’ footsteps and has devoted her life to service. Throughout her career in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, her top priority has always been to improve the lives of hard-working Missouri families.

Judy is a proud graduate of Mizzou, with degrees in both educational psychology and health policy administration. She has been recognized with an Outstanding Alumni Service to MU Award from the MU Alumni Alliance. She also holds a Master’s of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where she met her husband John. They have three adult children.

First elected to public office in 2004 to represent House District 25 in Columbia, Judy spent her time in the state legislature as a champion of expanding health insurance benefits, protecting survivors of domestic violence, investing in a sustainable future with good-paying jobs, and creating innovative opportunities for economic mobility. She served as the ranking member of the budget, health care and education committees in the State House, and founded the American Dream and Health Information Technology caucuses.

She was appointed in 2009 to be Director of Region VII (Midwest) for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In that role, she played a key part in implementing the Affordable Care Act and in managing the federal response to the H1N1 pandemic and the Joplin tornado.

Judy has used her depth of experience to teach courses in health policy and economics at Columbia College, the University of Missouri, Washington University in St. Louis, and New York University. She has also served on a number of boards and advised agencies and firms on healthcare-related issues. She most recently founded a non-profit to help low-income families save money for college or career training.

Judy is a tested leader who will fight for healthcare, public schools, a fairer economy, and protecting your voice in government. As our State Senator for Boone and Cooper Counties, she will work to build the Missouri we deserve.

Proven Record

Creating a Missouri Health Professions Planning Commission

Increasing the resource limits for eligibility for medical assistance

Increasing access to Medicaid for working adults

Requiring state agencies to engage in energy conservation

Establishing the Covering ALL KIDS Health Insurance Program

Establishing guidelines and mandates for promoting physical education in schools

Forming a Joint Committee on Access to Nontraditional Career and Technical Education

Requiring the State of Missouri to improve rape kit collection and testing

Creating a secure mailbox system for victims of domestic violence

Requiring state agencies to engage in energy conservation

Creating Renewable Energy Research Grants

Providing tax credit for constructing homes accessible to disabled individuals based on universal design standards

Establishing the Missouri Renewable Energy Loan Authority