99th General Assembly, 1st Regular Session
Representative Bruce Franks Jr.
Bruce Franks Jr.
District 078

Years Served:
Hometown:St. Louis
State Representative Bruce Franks, Jr., a Democrat, represents part of St. Louis City (District 78) in the Missouri House of Representatives. He was elected to his first two-year term in November 2016 and re-elected in 2018.

Franks is a community activist, father and battle rapper, whose priorities are fighting crime, getting guns off the streets and encouraging minorities to become police officers. A St. Louis native born in 1984, Bruce graduated from Lindbergh High School in 2002. He soon became a world renowned battle rapper known as Ooop’s as well as becoming a small business owner.

After the events of August 9, 2014, Bruce was compelled to get involved as a protester/ peacekeeper in Ferguson. This led him to start mentoring youth by giving guidance and support to those in need. Working with Youthbuild and St. Louis’s Workforce development, Franks has helped many at-risk youth graduate and attain gainful employment.

In January of 2015, he was appointed as Police Community Liaison by then-St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Chief Sam Dotson. This position allowed Franks to facilitate the necessary and crucial conversations between community members and the police department paving the way for police accountability reform.

Sponsored Bills
HB 183 - (0796H.02P)
Designates June 7th as "Youth Violence Prevention Day"
HB 184 - (0798H.01I)
Requires the Secretary of State to establish a system for automatic voter registration
HB 185 - (0805H.01I)
Requires reporting of lost or stolen firearms
HB 414 - (0804H.01I)
Requires the director of the department of public safety to initiate disciplinary action when the director is presented with any information demonstrating cause to discipline a peace officer licensee
HB 973 - (1924H.02C)
Creates the Task Force on Prison to Prosperity to develop a statewide plan for prison to prosperity programs
HB 1038 - (2081H.01I)
Modifies provisions relating to good time credit
HB 1170 - (2276H.01I)
Designates the Sheriff of the City of St. Louis and deputies as law enforcement officers eligible for certain training and licensure
HB 1229 - (2337H.01I)
Authorizes a tax credit for establishing a new business in a distressed community
HJR 6 - (0328H.01I)
Proposes a constitutional amendment that prohibits certain candidates and officials from receiving campaign contributions when the General Assembly is in regular session
Co-sponsored Bills
Past Legislation