After more than 16 years of service, today was Jo Ann Emerson’s final day as a member of the United States Congress.
When she was elected to fill the vacancy following the death of her husband, Congressman Bill Emerson, in 1996, Jo Ann was the first Republican woman to represent Missouri in Congress. Now the dean of the Missouri Congressional delegation, she has earned the respect and trust of her colleagues and, most importantly, the people of her district. In fact, in all but one election in the past decade, she has won reelection with at least 71% of the vote.
A member of the House Appropriations Committee, Congresswoman Emerson has secured funding for critical infrastructure projects—bringing jobs and economic development to the district.
“During her time in Washington, Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson lived the words of her campaign slogan: ‘putting people before politics,’” said Ed Martin, Chairman of the Missouri Republican Party. “She is a dedicated public servant and a beloved member of her community. We thank her for her years of service and wish her the best.”
As the 8th Congressional District Committee continues its process of selecting the GOP candidate for the special election to fill this seat, the Missouri Republican Party will provide whatever assistance is needed to ensure that the district remains a Republican stronghold.