Retired teacher and former local union president is the new kid on the block
WHEN MEMBERS of the Missouri House of Representatives gathered in Jefferson City for the start of the 2012 legislative session in January, AFT retiree Judy Morgan was among them. Morgan, the new kid on the legislative block, was ready to begin.
Morgan, who always had passion about legislation, hadn't planned on running for political office. But she was encouraged to run for a seat vacated by state lawmaker Jean Peters Baker who was appointed the Jackson County prosecutor in late 2011.
Morgan grew up in Kansas City and built a career around teaching. As a teacher and later a guidance counselor, she was active in her union, AFT Local 691. In 1999 she ran for president of the local and won. She held that position for 10 years before retiring in 2009.
Although Morgan only had seven weeks to campaign, she says all of the election work she had done with the AFT really came in handy. "My experiences and involvement prepared me well." Morgan also had help from her fellow teachers (active and retired), and her husband also worked tirelessly. "We had a short window of time, but it was a good grass-roots campaign, and the volunteers who turned out to work on the …