Alma Adams

Member of Congress
US House of Representatives

Congresswoman Alma Adams was sworn into the House of Representatives in 2014, and represents North Carolina’s 12th Congressional District. Representative Adams Chairs the Committee on Education and Labor’s Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, she is the Vice-Chair of the Agriculture Committee, and she serves on the powerful Financial Services Committee. She also serves as an Assistant Regional Whip for the Democratic Caucus and she is the Founder and Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Historically Black Colleges and Universities Caucus. Representative Adams has promoted equal education for all students, spearheading legislation to boost funds for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, providing nutritious breakfasts in schools and supporting increased pay for teachers. She began her political career in the 1980’s by becoming the first African American woman ever elected to the Greensboro City School Board. It was then that she made a lifetime commitment to effecting social change in her community and beyond. Representative Adams earned her Ph.D. in Art Education and Multicultural Education from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio in 1981.

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