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Birthdate: Feb. 5, 1959
Birth Place: Neodesha, KS, United States
Residence: Lake Winnebago, MO
Theresa Hensley was born in Kansas and grew up Raymore, Mo. She earned a bachelor's in history from William Jewell College and, in 1991, a law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Hensley was in private practice for 14 years in a law firm with her attorney husband, Kenny.
She has served as a Raymore alderman, on the town's planning and zoning board and as a member of the Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect Review Board. Hensley is also a former board member of Hope Haven of Cass County and remains active in that organization.
She was appointed Cass County's prosecutor in 2005 before winning election to that office in 2006 and again in 2010. Hensley remains in that office while running for Congress.
She is a certified family law mediator and has taught criminal law at her alma mater, William Jewell College.
Hensley is married and has a son.
While on opposite sides of the political spectrum, Hensley hopes to follow in the path of former Republican Rep. Kenny Hulshof of Columbia, who parlayed his career as a special state prosecutor handling death penalty cases into six terms in Congress.
Hensley emphasizes her law-and-order credentials and administrative prowess running the Cass County prosecutor's office.
She has aggressively criticized incumbent Rep. Vicky Hartzler's voting record, as well as Hartzler's continued doubts about the legitimacy of President Barack Obama's birth certificate. Hensley has also criticized Hartzler's failure to immediately condemn Missouri Republican Rep. Todd Akin's comments about abortions and "legitimate rape."
Hensley hopes to take advantage of a redrawn 4th District that now includes the college town of Columbia, where she's made several appearances. She has unveiled a "Women for Hensley" plank that emphasizes her support for reauthorization of the federal Violence Against Women Act as well as legislation that would narrow the pay gap between men and women.
Hensley's candidacy has attracted support and interest from outside Missouri, and she earned more money than Hartzler in the first quarter of 2012, before Hartzler later regained a fundraising advantage.
Source: Associated Press
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