Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
EMERSON, Jo Ann (1950-)

EMERSON, JO ANN, (wife of Bill Emerson), a Representative from Missouri; born in Bethesda, Montgomery County, Md., September 16, 1950; graduated from Walt Whitman High School, Bethesda, Md., 1968; B.A., Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio, 1972; professional advocate; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Fourth Congress, by special election to fill the vacancy caused by the death of her husband, United States Representative Bill Emerson, and simultaneously elected as an Independent to the One Hundred Fifth Congress; resumed prior party affiliation as a Republican at the start of the One Hundred Fifth Congress; reelected as a Republican to the One Hundred Sixth and to the seven succeeding Congresses until her resignation on January 22, 2013 (November 5, 1996-January 22, 2013).

Southeast Missouri State University
Kent Library Special Collections & Archives
Cape Girardeau, MO
Papers: 1996-2013, ca. 100 boxes.
More than 100 boxes of material from Emerson's tenure in the House of Representatives from 1996 to 2013, including press releases, hearing booklets, correspondence, speeches, videotapes, and approximately 11,000 photographs.

  • "Jo Ann Emerson" in Women in Congress, 1917-2006. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of History & Preservation, U. S. House of Representatives. Washington: Government Printing Office, 2006.