Episode 86. Joni Jenkins – Representative (D) House District 44 (1995-)
Joni Jenkins is a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives and serves as chairwoman of the Jefferson County Legislative Delegation. She identifies with the people she serves, focusing most of her time on helping the marginalized and disadvantaged.
As a Louisville-native, Jenkins grew up with a strong interest in politics. She is a well-respected lawmaker, responsible for passing the High School Athletic Protection Bill in 2009. The bill requires coaches to be certified in CPR and the use of heart resuscitators to prevent tragic deaths of high school athletes. It offers players better access to medical care when needed during both play and practice.
Jenkins also serves as program director of Health Career Pathways, a Jefferson Community and Technical College initiative, recruiting at-risk students to allied health and nursing programs.