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Jo Ann Emerson

Jo Ann EmersonAKA Jo Ann Hermann

Born: 16-Sep-1950
Birthplace: Bethesda, MD

Gender: Female
Religion: Presbyterian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Former Congresswoman from Missouri

Lobby group executive and widow of US Representative Bill Emerson, appointed to Congress upon his death in 1996 and re-elected every two years thereafter. Conservative Republican: generally anti-abortion rights, anti-gay rights, pro-gun rights. Proposed a constitutional amendment outlawing abortion on her first day in Congress. Supported 1998-99 Clinton impeachment, 2001 USA PATRIOT Act, 2002 Iraq War resolution, 2008 GM/Chrysler bailout, and 2008 Wall Street bailout. Opposed 2009 economic stimulus, 2010 health care reform.

Father: Albert Hermann ("Ab", former Republican National Committee executive director)
Mother: Sylvia (d. 23-May-2005, Alzheimer's)
Husband: Bill Emerson (US Congressman, m. 21-Jun-1975, d. 22-Jun-1996 lung cancer)
Daughter: Victoria
Daughter: Katharine
Husband: Ron Gladney (m. Jan-2000, six stepchildren)
Daughter: Elizabeth (stepdaughter)
Daughter: Abigail (stepdaughter)
Daughter: Alison (stepdaughter)
Daughter: Stephanie (stepdaughter)
Daughter: Jessica (stepdaughter)
Son: Sam (stepson)

    University: BA Political Science, Ohio Wesleyan University (1972)
    University: Trustee, Westminster College Missouri

    National Rural Electric Cooperative Association CEO (2013-present)
    US Congressman, Missouri 8th (1997-2013)
    American Insurance Association Senior VP of Public Affairs (1994-96)
    National Restaurant Association Director of State Relations (1991-93)
    National Republican Congressional Committee Deputy Communications Dir. (1983-90)
    Bread for the World Board of Directors
    C Street Group
    Close Up Foundation Board of Advisors
    Faith and Politics Institute Congressional Advisory Council
    W Stands for Women 2004
    Ripon Society
    Delta Gamma Sorority

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