Joseph Keaveny

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Joseph Keaveny
Member of the Missouri Senate
from the 4th district
In office
2009 - present
Preceded by Jeff Smith
Personal details
Born 1955/1956 (age 58–59)[1]
St. Louis, Missouri
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Karen
Residence St. Louis, Missouri
Alma mater St. Louis University

Joseph Keaveny is a Democratic politician from Missouri. A longtime banking industry professional and ward committeeman for the 28th Ward in the city of St. Louis, Sen. Joe Keaveny was elected to the Missouri Senate to represent the citizens of the 4th Senatorial District, which includes the St. Louis City, during a special election on November 3, 2009, to fill an unexpired term.

Senator Keaveny is one of six children born to the late John Joseph and Mary Justine Keaveny. He grew up in the city’s Skinker-DeBaliviere neighborhood and is a graduate of Christian Brothers College High School. He earned an undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and holds a master’s degree in finance and a law degree — both from Saint Louis University.

For the past 20 years, Sen. Keaveny has worked in the banking industry, managing portfolios for high-worth individuals and later managing U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) compliance issues for US Bank. For several years, he volunteered as a board member for the Skinker-DeBaliviere Housing Corporation — learning first-hand the challenges of rebuilding derelict properties, which led to a strong advocacy for state Historic Tax Credits.

During a long tenure on the Skinker-DeBaliviere Community Council, Sen. Keaveny spent time working with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department on public safety issues — an experience that reinforced his belief that the City of St. Louis must regain local control of its police force, a position opposed by the St. Louis Police Officers' Association. Senator Keaveny’s dealings with the Metro system and daily use of MetroLink are part of his commitment to an expansion of public transportation in the St. Louis metropolitan area. He is also a strong supporter of public charter schools.

Senator Keaveny and wife Karen have four grown children: Shannon, Lauren, Joseph and Ellen.

Senator Keaveny will serve a term ending Jan. 5, 2011. He is a member of the following committees:

  • Financial and Governmental Organizations and Elections
  • Health, Mental Health, Seniors and Families
  • Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence
  • Veterans' Affairs, Pensions and Urban Affairs
  • Educated Citizenry 2020 Committee
  • Joint Committee on Education
  • Joint Committee on Public Employees Retirement
  • Joint Interim Committee on Oversight of Federal Stimulus and Stabilization Funds
  • Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Health
  • Health Care Stabilization Fund Feasibility Board


  1. ^ "Missouri State Senator Joe Keaveny sworn into office" |
  • Official Manual, State of Missouri, 2009-2010. Jefferson City, MO:Secretary of State.

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