Meet Jill

Jill Schupp, the daughter of Joan and Harry Seltzer, grew up in St. Louis County with older brother Garry and younger sister Joy. Jill’s dad ran a salvage yard with his father until shortly after Jill’s grandfather’s death, and then sold cars for Weber Chevrolet. Her mom worked as a clinical audiologist.

While volunteering at her sons’ school, Jill became motivated to run for the Ladue School Board, where she served two terms beginning in 2000. She worked to reduce class sizes, implement strategic and capital spending plans, introduce an elementary foreign language program, improve communications and air condition the schools.

She was elected to the Creve Coeur City Council in 2007.

For six years from 2009 to 2015, Jill served as State Representative in Missouri’s 82nd, then 88th District. In Jefferson City, she stood up to big special interests, sponsored ethics reform to end unlimited campaign contributions and fought efforts to shift the tax burden onto the middle class.

She has served in the Missouri Senate since January of 2015.

Her commitment to children and education never wavered as she backed bills protecting our youngest and oldest citizens, supporting veterans, promoting quality education, expanding health care access and creating jobs and opportunities for economic growth.

Jill saved Missouri taxpayers $1 million while continuing to honor the service and sacrifice of military veterans by founding a nonprofit group that replaced a similar state-funded program. Called the Missouri Veterans History Project (, the virtually all volunteer effort has videotaped the experiences of over 600 veterans, ensuring their stories are not forgotten. The interviews are archived at the Library of Congress and the State Historical Society of Missouri.

Jill is a graduate of Parkway North High School and the University of Missouri in Columbia. She took graduate course work and earned a teaching certificate from the University of Missouri at St. Louis. She briefly taught, then spent her career as a small business executive.

She remains engaged in her community as a volunteer and board member of several nonprofit groups. Her service has been recognized with honors, including:

  • 2014 Missouri Public Health Association Robert L. Northcutt Award
  • 2014 Championing a Greater St. Louis Award from the St. Louis Regional Chamber of Commerce for strong legislative efforts in pursuit of Chamber priorities
  • 2014 Lighting the Way Award from United 4 Children
  • 2014 Legislator of the Year for Consumer Advocacy
  • 2014 Parkway Alumni Hall of Fame
  • 2013 Legislator of Year, Missouri Association for Social Welfare
  • 2012 Distinguished Legislator, Missouri Bicycle Federation
  • 2011-present Children’s Trust Fund Board Member
  • 2011 Leadership St. Louis graduate
  • 2010 Outstanding Legislator, University of Missouri Graduate Students
  • 2010 State House Distinguished Legislator, Missouri Community College Association
  • 2010 University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business Leadership Training as one of three Missouri legislators chosen to attend
  • 2009 Outstanding Legislator of the Year, Association of Students of University of Missouri
  • 2008 Creve Coeur Citizen of the Year
  • Congregation Shaare Emeth Board Member
  • Co-chair Congregation Shaare Emeth’s SEEDS of Justice, a social justice and action committee
  • National Council of Jewish Women Board Member
  • Crown Center for Senior Living Board Member
  • Creve Coeur Climate Action Task Force Member