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About Gina

Gina grew up in University City where she attended the local public schools. After spending several years in Los Angeles, she returned to Mid-St. Louis County in 1985, and ultimately setted in Richmond Heights, where she has lived for twenty-five years.

As a high school dropout, Gina worked hard to obtain an education, working by day as an office clerk, then secretary, and then a paralegal, while attending night classes at the local community college. She continued to work and attend night school even after becoming a single mother, and in 1995 earned an A.A.S. in Legal Assistance with academic honors from St. Louis Community College at Meramec.

After marrying and having another child, Gina continued pursuing her education, earning a Bachelor's Degree, summa cum laude, from UM-St. Louis in 2001. When she received a Scholars in Law scholarship, she attended Washington University School of Law, where she obtained her Juris Doctor in 2005. While in law school, Gina was awarded the Don Summers Prize for Professional Responsibility (ethics) and an associate editor of the law school's Journal of Law and Policy. She also spent two semesters in the CAFO unit (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation) of the school's Environmental Law Clinic, representing the Sierra Club and individual farmers in their claims against the EPA and the Missouri Department of Agriculture to enforce environmental protections in Missouri.

While working and attending school, Gina still found time for her community. She was particularly active in her children's schools, including participation in the district's Comprehensive School Impovement (CSIP) process and a term as president of the the Elementary Parent Teacher Organization. In 2004, while still attending law school, Gina was elected to represent District 3 on the Richmond Heights City Council. She was re-elected to the City Council in 2008 and again in 2012.

After joining the City Council, Gina has continued her community activities. She was a member of the St. Louis County Municipal League's legislative affairs committee from 2005-2010. In addition, she was a voting member of the Clayton-Richmond Heights Joint Study Committee and three of its subcommittees (Secretary of the Public Awareness Subcommittee and member of the Information Technology and Planning & Zoning subcommittees). She has served as the president of the Hadley-Lincoln Democratic Club since 2006. In 2008, Gina was elected as delegate for the Third Congressional District and attended the Missouri State Convention for the Democratic Party, representing the Hadley-Lincoln Township. Since 2016, she has served as Committeewoman for her Township.

Since her election to the Missouri House of Representatives in 2012, Gina's commitment to public service has remained strong. She is currently the Vice-Chair of the House Ethics Committee, Ranking Minority Member of the House Judiciary and Litigation Reform Committees, and a member of the Joint Judicial System, Administrative Rules, and Legislative Research Committees. She has been a proud member of the minority caucus leadership team, starting as the Caucus Vice Chair (2014), Caucus Chair (2014-16), and her current position as Assistant Leader (2016-present).

Gina's two chilren are both graduates of Maplewood-Richmond Heights High School.