Jo Ann Emerson Re-elected in Southeast Missouri

NOVEMBER 7, 2006 - Posted at 8:43 p.m. CST

KANSAS CITY, MO - Republican incumbent Jo Ann Emerson is re-elected to her U.S. House seat in southeast Missouri.

Emerson beat Democrat Veronica Hambacker in the Eighth District race.

The 56-year-old Emerson was first elected in 1996, five months after the death of her first husband, longtime Congressman Bill Emerson.

Hambacker is a political newcomer.  She's a retired English teacher who served as president of the Missouri State Teachers Association and eight years as head of the state's Public School Retirement program.

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