"I'm a lifelong Missourian and Democrat. As the daughter of an Air Force pilot and a registered nurse, I learned the values of hard work and responsibility early in life. I worked my way through school to earn an associate’s degree in Horticulture from Meramec Community College and a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Missouri - Rolla (now Missouri S&T). I live in St. Charles with my husband Bill, a pipefitter and member of Local 562 for 40 years. In Jefferson City, I will always stand up for working families because I come from one."