99th General Assembly, 1st Regular Session - 2017
Representative Joe Adams
Joe Adams
District 086

Years Served:
Hometown:University City
Capitol Address
Address:MO House of Representatives
201 West Capitol Avenue
Room 106-A
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.
Sponsored Bills
HB 213 - (0324H.02I)
Changes the six-month waiting period for certain officials to lobby to a five-year waiting period
HB 392 - (0531H.01I)
Changes the laws regarding the use of force by a law enforcement officer
HB 393 - (0537H.01I)
Creates a citizens police review board in the Department of Public Safety to investigate civilian deaths resulting from an officer-involved shooting
HB 394 - (0601H.01I)
Prohibits prosecuting attorneys from charging a felony for prostitution if the person charged with prostitution was under the control of an agent
HB 395 - (0536H.01I)
Establishes the Missouri Universal Health Assurance Program to provide a publicly financed, statewide insurance program for all residents of the state
Co-sponsored Bills
Past Legislation