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Jo Ann EMERSON

(1950- )

EMERSON, Jo Ann, (wife of Bill Emerson), a Representative from Missouri; born in Bethesda, Montgomery County, Md, September 16, 1950; B.A., Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio, 1972; professional advocate; elected simultaneously as a Republican to the One Hundred Fourth and as an Independent to the One Hundred Fifth Congress by special election to fill the vacancy caused by the death of her husband, United States Representative Bill Emerson (November 5, 1996-January 8, 1997); changed from an Independent to a Republican on January 8, 1997; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Sixth and to the six succeeding Congresses (January 8, 1997-present).

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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