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Jo Ann Emerson's Biography
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Jo Ann Emerson
Husband: Ron Gladney; 2 Children: Victoria, Katharine; 6 Stepchildren: Elizabeth, Abigail, Alison, Stephanie, Jessica, Sam
BA, Political Science, Ohio Wesleyan University, 1972
Representative, United States House of Representatives, 1996-2013
Vice Chair, Center Aisle Caucus
Member, Congressional Coalition on Adoption
Co-Chair/Co-Founder, Congressional Rural Caucus
Member, National Republican Congressional Committee
Vice Chair, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Parliamentary Assembly
Outreach Coordinator, Rural Health Care Coalition Western Caucus
Member, Small Business Advisory Committee, Federal Communications Commission, 1991-1992
Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, American Insurance Association, 1994-1996
Director of State Relations and Grassroots Programs, National Restaurant Association, 1991-1993
Deputy Communications Director, National Republican Congressional Committee, 1983-1990
Religious, Civic, and other Memberships
Member, Advisory Board, Arneson Institute for Practical Politics and Public Affairs
Member, Advisory Committee, Children's Inn National Institutes of Health
Founding Member, Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Board Member, Bread for the World
Co-Chair/Board Member, Congressional Hunger Center
Member, Copper Dome Society of Southeast Missouri State University
Member, First Presbyterian Church
Board Member, Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation
President, House of Representatives Prayer Breakfast
Member, National Guard and Reserve Components Congressional Members Organization
Member, Philanthropic Educational Organization Women's Service Group
Former Board Member, Presbyterian Children's Home
Life Trustee, Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri
Chair, National Prayer Breakfast, 2005
Names of Grandchildren:
Margaret Browning Gilhooley, and Curt William Leger
Number of Grandchildren:
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