Since leaving KCRG in 2007, Mathis has worked as a community relations executive with a family service and child welfare organization. She announced her bid for the vacant senate seat in September.
Running as a Democrat, Mathis, 53, gained roughly 56% of the vote in a race in which she raised significantly more money than her competitors.
Mathis spent over 25 years working in TV news. She was an anchor at ABC-affiliate KCRG from 1998 to 2007 and, before that, worked as an executive producer and anchor at NBC-affiliate KWWL for 16 years.