92nd General Assembly
Representative Cathy Jolly represents part of Jackson County (District 45) in the Missouri General Assembly.† She was appointed by the governor to serve on the State Council for Interstate Adult Offender Supervision.† In addition to her legislative duties she is a licensed attorney.† She has served as a deputy majority whip and as the president of the Women Legislators of Missouri.
Before being elected, Rep. Jolly served as an assistant prosecuting attorney for the Jackson County Prosecutorís Office. She was coordinator for the Drug Abatement Response Team (DART).† Working closely with law enforcement officials, Rep. Jolly prosecuted criminals who owned drug houses and drug related properties.† She shut down drug houses and worked to restore safety to neighborhoods impacted by drugs.† In this role, she was able to expose other crimes such as child and elder neglect and abuse.† Other job assignments with Jackson County have include prosecuting for the Division of Family Support, where holding parents accountable for paying child support is a top priority.
Rep. Jolly is a member of the following organizations: South Kansas City Citizens Crusade Against Crime, the Greater Kansas City Womenís Political Caucus, South Kansas City and Grandview Chambers of Commerce, Committee for County Progress, Citizens Association, Red Bridge Lions Club and the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association.
Among Rep. Jolly's honors and awards are: the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association Young Lawyer of the Year 2002; one of six women selected by the Kansas City Starís Women to Watch 2000; the Order of the Bench and Robe, Order of the Barristers, the Greater Kansas City Women's Political Caucus Torch Award, and ACT Missouri Taking Action Leadership Award 2001.
†Rep. Jolly received a bachelor of science degree in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia and graduated with distinction from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a juris doctorate degree.
Rep. Jolly and her husband Scott live in South Kansas City.