Jill has been shaped by a family and community that valued hard work, a good education, and a belief that everyone should have an opportunity to succeed in life. Jill was profoundly influenced by the work ethic and devotion to family she witnessed from both of her parents.
After attending the University of Missouri, Jill taught elementary school before joining an advertising agency where she helped businesses grow. Her upbringing, her experience as an educator, and her work with businesses has informed the values that have helped her be a better public servant.
Jill is driven by the belief that when we identify the vision, we can work to prioritize how our policies and resources can work for what we value as a community, state, and nation.
On healthcare . . .
"Jill believes that everyone should have access to quality, affordable health care. Good health allows people to take care of their families, to participate in the economy, and to lead better lives.
Too many people across Missouri and the country are struggling to get the health care they or their families need. It is unacceptable that the rising cost of health care is causing so many people to make tough choices between their health care and other necessities including food, or childcare, or housing. Jill will fight to protect and improve the Affordable Care Act, to ensure access to care for people with pre-existing conditions. As she has done in the state legislature, she will work to end surprise billing in emergency rooms. She will stand up to big pharma and work to lower the cost of prescription drugs by allowing Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices. She will work to advance the needs of Missouri families—not the needs of special interests or the insurance companies."
On the environment . . .
"If we don’t address climate change and do it now, we are going to have irrevocable problems. This is something we can and must address, both within our nation and as part of a global community to have a safe and healthy planet for us, our kids, and for the generations to come. We need to leave this earth a little bit better than we found it.
In Congress, Jill will work to ensure we have clean water and clean air, not just for today but for future generations. She will take action to reduce our carbon emissions and hold polluters accountable. Jill believes we should reenter the Paris Climate Agreement, as the United States must take a leadership role in the global community on climate change. She supports taking pragmatic steps here at home that will help transition to a clean energy economy and create the jobs of the future."
Plans for Economy
"A former business executive, Jill has what it takes to help grow our economy and move Missouri forward.
In Congress, Jill will work to support small businesses, which are too often left behind when Washington looks to fix problems in the economy. She recognizes that all of these issues are interrelated—our economy is strengthened by an environment where small businesses can thrive and a workforce where all have access to quality education and job training, where everyone has access to affordable health care, and where workers’ rights are maintained. Jill will work to lower taxes for middle class families, not give away massive tax breaks to big corporations. She wants to take on corruption in Washington and build an economy that works for real people."
"As a former teacher and school board member, Jill has seen firsthand that the education system isn’t serving all students equitably. Jill believes that your ZIP code should not determine whether you have access to a quality education, and she is committed to investing in proven methods to help our students succeed.
This includes investing upfront in our youngest citizens through early childhood education, which established research has shown to provide a tremendous return on investment for students and communities for the long term. Jill will also advocate for trauma-informed training for teachers to better support vulnerable students, higher compensation that recognizes the necessity and value of teachers, and access to more affordable options for education beyond high school."