REP. CONNIE "LAJOYCE" JOHNSON
91st General Assembly
Rep. Connie "LaJoyce" Johnson, a Democrat, represents part of St. Louis City (District 61) in the Missouri House of Representatives.
In addition to her legislative duties, Rep. Johnson is a lawyer. She is currently employed as a part-time law clerk at the law firm of Thompson Coburn, LLP in downtown St. Louis. Rep. Johnson primarily works in class action litigation, but also does work for commercial litigation and railroads.
Prior to her election, she served as the assistant to the director, Division of Aging, Missouri Department of Social Services from 1999-2000. She oversaw the minority aging program and provided leadership and staffed the commission on the special health, psychological and social needs of older minority individuals and the Governor's Advisory Council on Aging. She also worked from 1997-1999, on the legal team in the Office of the General Counsel for the Missouri Department of Health. There she worked on Personnel Advisory Board cases, childcare licensing and other programming issues. She also served as a member of the Minority Health Advisory Council. In 1999 she assisted the legislative liaison for the Missouri Department of Health in tracking legislation in the Missouri House of Representatives.
After graduation from law school, Rep Johnson started working for the Missouri Department of Health in the Center for Local Public Health Services. As the administrative liaison, she managed core public health contracts for 117 counties in Missouri. In addition to those duties, she assisted the director in researching special projects, including insurance for Missouri's low-income children.
Rep. Johnson is a member of the Missouri Public Health Association; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; Mound City Bar Association, public member; and the National Association of Healthcare Executives. She serves on the Walbridge Advisory Committee of St. Louis Caring Communities and the Black Child Development Institute. Rep. Johnson also served on the Advisory Council for NBA Gateways. She supports the public information meetings offered by St. Louis City Police officers in districts 6, 7, and 8. Rep. Johnson also supports the Area F Neighborhood Council by the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.
She is also a member of the St. Louis Metropolitan Women's Caucus; Northside Neighborhood Action Association; and the Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life. Rep. Johnson is the 2001 chairman of the Youth Conference of the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus Foundation and serves as the 2001 secretary for the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus.
Honors and awards for Rep. Johnson include: Mortar Board and President's Service Award (Bradley University), Danforth Leadership award, Outstanding College Students of America, and the Top Ladies of Distinction Unsung Heroine award. She was a public member of the Board of Geologists Registration from 1998-2000 and a commissioner on the St. Louis Planning and Industrial Expansion Authority from 1998-2000. Rep. Johnson was also Missouri's First Congressional District Electoral College representative for the 1996 Presidential election.
A 1987 graduate of Incarnate Word Academy in St. Louis, Rep. Johnson received a bachelor of science degree from Bradley University in 1991 in communications/radio/tv/video with a minor in psychology and news. She received a juris doctorate and masters degree in health administration from Saint Louis University in 1996.
Born July 1, 1969 in Chicago, Ill., Rep. Johnson moved to St. Louis in 1979. She currently resides in St. Louis City with her mother, Alice Buchanan.