91st General Assembly

Rep. Yvonne S. Wilson, a Democrat, represents part of Jackson County (District 42) in the Missouri House of Representatives.

Rep. Wilson was elected to the House in August 1999 to fulfill an un-expired term. She is a treasurer of the Missouri Black Caucus and secretary of the Missouri Legislative Women’s Caucus. She is also the chair of Region XI of National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) and serves on their Education Committee.

Prior to her legislative duties, Rep. Wilson spent 35 years with The School District of Kansas City as a teacher, consultant, principal and ultimately director of Elementary Education. She also served as a consultant with the Division of Continuing Education at Penn Valley Community College and as interim director of TALENT (Taking a Lead in Educating New Teachers) at the Metropolitan Community Colleges of Kansas City. She was the executive director of the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center and Museum and during her six years on the Board of Curators of Lincoln University she served two terms as president of the Board.

Other community involvement for Rep. Wilson includes: membership on the Kansas City, City of Fountains Foundation board of directors; Kansas City Sister City Commission; the Kansas City Sister Cities Association board of directors; Sheraton Estates Neighborhood Association; Lincoln University Alumni Association; Freedom Incorporated board of directors; board of directors for Operation Upper Room, St. Louis Catholic Church. In addition, Rep. Wilson is a president of the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the Links, Incorporated and co-chairs the Arusha Tanzania Sister City Committee. She has been the Jackson County Democratic committeewoman for Ward 16 since 1994 and is the recipient of many awards and recognitions, including the 1996 Missouri Legislative Black Caucus Gwen B. Giles Public Service award.

A native Kansas Citian, Rep. Wilson has traveled extensively including trips to Russia, Egypt, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, South Africa, England, France, and Tanzania.

Rep. Wilson currently resides in Kansas City with her husband of 49 years, Jim. They have three children: Berishia Wilson Chamberlain, Alycia Rodriguez Nichols and James E. (Jay) Wilson (deceased), and eight grandchildren.