Alan Wheat

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Alan Wheat
Rep. Alan Wheat.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 5th district
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1995
Preceded by Richard W. Bolling
Succeeded by Karen McCarthy
Member of the Missouri House of Representatives from District 26
In office
1977–1983
Preceded by Harold L. Holliday
Succeeded by Chris Kelly
Personal details
Born (1951-10-16) October 16, 1951 (age 63)
San Antonio, Texas
Political party Democratic
Children 3
Alma mater Grinnell College
Religion Church of Christ

Alan Dupree Wheat (born October 16, 1951 in San Antonio, Texas) is an American politician from the state of Missouri.

Early life[edit]

Wheat graduated from Grinnell College in 1972 and served in the Missouri General Assembly from 1977 to 1982. When Congressman Richard Walker Bolling chose to retire after the 1982 election, Wheat won the Democratic primary and he went on to win the general election to succeed Bolling.

House career and Senate campaign[edit]

Wheat was the youngest member of the United States House of Representatives ever to be appointed to the Rules Committee, and was also the first African-American to represent a district with a non-liberal white majority. He was also a member of the United States House Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families[1]

After United States Senator John Danforth said he would not run for re-election in the 1994 election, Wheat chose to leave the House and instead run for Danforth's seat. He won the primary, becoming the first black nominated by either major party for a statewide office. Wheat lost the general election to former governor John Ashcroft. Karen McCarthy was elected to succeed him in the House.

Post-Congressional career[edit]

After his Senate race, Wheat was chosen as vice president of Public Policy and Government Relations at CARE. He served as deputy campaign manager of President Bill Clinton's re-election campaign in 1996. In 1997, Wheat formed the lobbying group Wheat Government Relations. Wheat Government Relations is a full service lobbying firm representing clients on a broad range of issues including: Health Care, Energy, Financial Services, Education, Telecommunications, Information Technology, etc.

Wheat Government Relations represents clients on the issues of: 1) Health Care 2) Federal Budget & Appropriations [1]; 3) Indian & Native American Affairs [2];

Wheat currently serves on the Board of Directors at CARE. He has three children.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Children, youth, and families: Beginning the assessment. Hearing before the Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families; House of Representatives, Ninety-Eighth Congress, First Session, United States House of Representatives, Washington, DC, 28 April 1984, Original document retrieved 19 January 2014 from ERIC at Ed.gov: Institution of Education Sciences.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Richard W. Bolling
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 5th congressional district

1983–1995
Succeeded by
Karen McCarthy
Party political offices
Preceded by
Jay Nixon
Democratic Party nominee for United States Senator from Missouri (Class 1)
1994
Succeeded by
Mel Carnahan