99th General Assembly, 2nd Regular Session - 2018
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Local Government, Ranking Minority Member
Elections and Elected Officials
MO House of Representatives
201 West Capitol Avenue
Jefferson City MO 65101
Rep. Joe Adams, a Democrat, represents parts of St. Louis County including University City, Pagedale, Vinita Park, Wellston, Vinita Terrace and Hanley Hills (District 86) in the Missouri House of Representatives. He was elected to his first two-year term in November 2014.
Prior to his legislative duties, Rep. Adams was a history professor at St. Louis Community College-Meramec. For over 30 years, he taught American and African-American History.
Rep. Adams also served in the United States Air Force during the 1960s.
Rep. Adams was elected Mayor of University City in 1995 and served until 2010. Before that he served as a councilmember for University City Ward 2 from 1975-1995. He has been a member of the following organizations: Missouri Historic Record Commission, Loop Trolley Board of Directors, National League of Cities, Missouri Commission on Intergovernmental Cooperation, Missouri Episcopal Diocese Commission on Ministry Board and Episcopal Cathedral Chapter Board. He served as President of the St. Louis County Municipal League, Missouri Municipal League and the Mayors of Large Cities of St. Louis County.
Rep. Adams was awarded the Royal Vagabonds African-American Trailblazer Award in 2014. He was previously awarded the City of University City Meritorious Service Award in 2010; the City of University City Gates of Opportunity Service Award in 2009; the St. Louis Legend Award in 2007; the Buzz Westfall Award in 2006; and was a member of the Leadership St. Louis Class of 1997-1998.
Rep. Adams is a 1962 graduate of DeLaSalle High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1970 and went on to receive his master’s degree in History from UMKC as well in 1971.
Rep. Adams was born January 5, 1944 in Kansas City, MO. He currently resides in University City with his wife, Nancy. They have four children, Joseph (Lee) III, Patrick, Heather and John; and four grandchildren, Emily, Maxwell, Scarlet and Langston.
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