Compassionate * Effective * Progressive Democrat

Educational background:

De LaSalle High School:  Graduate of 1962
University of Missouri, Kansas City:  B.A. History (1970) and M.A. History (1971)

Washington University, pursued Ph.D. Urban American History (1977-1980)


Professor of History, St. Louis Community College-Meramec, 1971-2003
U.S. Air Force, 1962-1966, honorably discharged with rank of Sgt.

Elected Public Service positions:

MO State Representative, District 86, 2015-Present
Mayor, University City, 1996-2010
City Council of University City, 1975-1996

Legislative House Committees:

Elections and Elected Officials, 2017, Ranking Minority Member 2018
Higher Education, 2017-Present
Local Government, 2015-Present, Ranking Minority Member, 2016-Present
Member Select Committee on State and Local Government, Ranking Minority Member, 2016
Appropriations-Higher Education, 2015-2016
Telecommunications, 2015-2016

Major Achievements:

First African American to be elected to City Council of University City
First African American to be elected Mayor of University City

Honors and Awards:

24:1 Beyond Housing, Legislator of the Year, 2017
Buzz Westfall Award, 2006
Royal Vagabonds African-American Trailblazer Award, 2014
School District of University City Superintendent’s Choice Award, 2012-2013
City of University City Meritorious Service Award, 2010
School District of University City Dedicated to Educational Excellence Award, 2008-2009
City of University City Gates of Opportunity Service Award, 2009
The St. Louis Argus Legend Award, 2007

Civic and Religious Committees:

University City Summer Band Board of Directors, 2017-Present
National Council of Jewish Women St. Louis, Advisory Council, 2017-Present
Advisory Board, Citizenship Education Clearing House, 2010-Present
Missouri Episcopal Diocese Commission on Ministry Board, 2003-2014 (2017)
Missouri Historic Record Commission, 2001-2014
Secretary, Loop Trolley Board of Directors, 1999-Present
Advisory Board, Royal Bank Community Reinvestment Committee, 1996-2014
Finance Chair, School District of University City Prop U Committee, 2013
Episcopal Cathedral Chapter Board, 2010-2013
Episcopal Diocese Habitat for Humanity Board, 2009-2012
Treasurer, Missouri Chapter Conference of Black Mayors, 2002-2010
Advisory Board, National League of Cities, 1996-2010, Vice Chair 1997
President, St. Louis County Municipal League, 2008-2009
Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Missouri Bishop Search Committee, 2001
Founding Board Member, University City Education Foundation, 1997-2001
Board of Directors, Young Audiences of St. Louis, 1995-2001
President, Missouri Municipal League, 1999-2000
President, The Mayors of Large Cities of St. Louis County, 1997-1998
Leadership St. Louis, Class of 1997-1998
University City Mayor and University City School Board President Commission, 1996-1997
Board of Directors, National League of Cities, 1994-1996
Missouri Commission on Intergovernmental Cooperation, 1985-1996
Senior Warden, Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion, 1992-1995
St. Louis Community College Meramec President Search Committee, 1981

Hobbies and Special Interests:

Spoiling grandchildren, playing golf, and commercial acting