Meet Our Team

Our team has the experience to deliver your legislative and governmental affairs strategy.

John Bardgett

John E. Bardgett, Jr. is president of JBA and has been actively engaged in the Missouri lobbying and political consulting arena for over 36 years. John’s late father, John E. Bardgett, Sr. (also known as Jack Bardgett), instilled the political passion into John during his long tenure as an attorney in the State of the Missouri. Jack was a Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court, former St. Louis County Circuit Judge, ex-officio counsel to numerous Speakers of the Missouri House and Presidents of the Missouri Senate. John has built a reputation over the years to be trustworthy, honest, and dedicated to his client’s issues. John has a long track record of success and is known for his strategic thinking, tenacity, and ability to problem solve on a whim. John resides in Chesterfield with his wife, Kim.

John Parris

John is a registered lobbyist, working for the last 25 years with JBA representing clients at the legislative, executive, and state department levels. John’s outgoing personality and honesty over the many years he has been lobbying and extensive knowledge of the legislative process has earned him a high regard of respect from legislators, staff, and bureaucrats on both sides of the aisle. John resides in Jefferson City with his wife, Kathy.

Erika Leonard

Erika is a registered lobbyist working at the legislative, executive, and state department levels for the past fourteen consecutive years. Erika’s area of expertise and focus is to educate legislators on client issues as they relate to the Missouri State Budget. Erika spends a considerable amount of time with the legislative budget process and associated Senate, House, and Budget & Planning staff. She also serves as the Executive Director for MARF, which is one of the long-standing clients of JBA. She has a total of eighteen years combined experience in Governmental Consulting within Missouri politics. Erika resides in Jefferson City with her two sons, Ethan and Cooper.

Jacqueline Bardgett

Jacque is a registered lobbyist working at the legislative, executive, and local levels on behalf of client’s interests. She began working with JBA in 2013 with passion for the political and legislative process that stems from her family’s broad background of political involvement. She also works closely with several associations providing managerial assistance. Jacque resides in St. Louis with her fiancé, Bill.

Chris Roepe

Chris is a registered lobbyist working at the legislative, executive, and local levels on behalf of client’s interests since 2010. Chris has been working with Missouri’s Legislative and Executive branches since 2002 when he served as Chief of Staff to Senate President Pro Tem Charlie Shields. Chris also has a background in campaign work as a former manager for numerous successful candidate elections. Chris resides in Jefferson City with his wife, Lindsay, and their children Caroline, Benjamin, and Catherine.

Carol Kemna

Carol provides leadership for two long-standing clients through association management services. She performs numerous duties for both associations including, but not limited to, all aspects of daily operations, meeting planning, conference planning, lobby day planning, financial oversight, and website administration. She began working for JBA in 2003 and is a registered lobbyist with an emphasis on health care related legislation. Carol resides in Jefferson City with her husband, Ross, and their son, Clayton.

Cheri Gibson

Cheri serves as the Office Manager for the Jefferson City office and has been a part of JBA since 2002. Cheri has over thirty years of experience in association management services and the operations of the legislative process. As Office Manager of the Jefferson City office she is a vital link to providing communications between JBA clients and members of our team during the legislative session. She interacts daily with legislative offices and their staff in coordinating everything from meetings, legislative advocacy days, to political fundraisers. Cheri resides in Jefferson City with her husband, Tim.

Andrea Webb

Andrea serves as the Office Manager of the Chesterfield office. She handles all financial duties of the firm, client contracts, and daily operations. She is in direct communication with all JBA’s clients, as well as members and staff of the Missouri General Assembly and statewide elected officials. Andrea resides in Illinois with her husband Eric, and her son, Gunnar.