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Ressie graduated Harrison High School in May 2006 and attended the University of Central Arkansas that fall with the Presidential Scholarship. Three years later, in May 2009, she graduated with a bachelors degree in Spanish and a bachelors degree in Economics with International Trade.

Immediately following undergrad, Ressie attended law school at the University of Arkansas, receiving her Juris Doctor in December 2011. The following spring, she was admitted to practice law in Arkansas. She sat for the Missouri Bar in the spring of 2016 and was officially admitted that April.  In her years since receiving her license, Ressie has worked as an associate for a major civil litigation firm and also in the insurance industry receiving multiple licenses including that of an adjuster and an agent. Ressie is married to a local farmer, which is what brought her to Southeast Missouri. 

Ressie maintains her license to practice law in Missouri and Arkansas.

Ressie is a member of the Poplar Bluff Kiwanis Club since 2015 and serves as Secretary for the Club.  She is a committee member for the local Poplar Bluff Heroes, who host the St. Jude Archery Shoot and Auction each August.  Ressie also serves on the Advisory Board for U.S. Bank in the Poplar Bluff/Dexter area.  In 2015, Ressie completed the Gateway to Leadership Program sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.