Board of Aldermen of the City of St. Louis

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The Board of Aldermen, is the municipal legislature of the independent City of St. Louis, Missouri.


The Board of Aldermen consists of one representative from each of the city's 28 wards; the body's President is elected separately by a city-wide ballot. Like the mayor, Aldermen representing odd-numbered wards are elected in odd numbered years following the United States Presidential Election, while the President of the Board and the aldermen from even-numbered wards are elected in the off-years, terms are four years.[1] Proposition R, a charter amendment to reduce the number of city of St. Louis aldermen from 28 to 14 effective January 1, 2022, was passed by city voters on November 6, 2012 with 61 percent voting in favor; 60 percent was needed for passage. [2]


By custom and tradition the individual aldermen have a great deal of influence over decisions impacting the ward they represent on matters ranging from zoning changes, to street resurfacing.[citation needed]


To become an Alderman one must be a registered voter, twenty-five years of age, have been a United States citizen for at least five years, a resident of the city, and one year a resident of the ward from which elected. The President must be at least thirty years of age and a city resident for a least five years.[3][4]

Current members[edit]

Ward or position Member Map Neighborhoods
President Lewis E. Reed
Ward 1 Sharon Tyus STLward1.bmp Wells/Goodfellow, Kingsway West, Kingsway East, Penrose, Mark Twain, Walnut Park East
Ward 2 Dionne Flowers STLward2.bmp Near North Riverfront, College Hill, O'Fallon, North Point, Baden, Riverview, North Riverfront
Ward 3 Freeman Bosley Sr. STLward3.bmp JeffVanderLou, St. Louis Place, Hyde Park, College Hill, Fairground Neighborhood, O'Fallon
Ward 4 Samuel L. Moore STLward4.bmp Lewis Place, Kingsway East, Greater Ville, The Ville, Vandeventer
Ward 5 Tammika Hubbard Downtown West, JeffVanderLou, St. Louis Place, Carr Square, Columbus Square, Old North St. Louis, Near North Riverfront, Hyde Park
Ward 6 Christine Ingrassia Fox Park, Tower Grove East, Compton Heights, The Gate District, Lafayette Square, Peabody/Darst/Webbe, Downtown West, Midtown, JeffVanderLou
Ward 7 Jack Coatar STLward7.bmp Kosciusko, Soulard, Benton Park, McKinley Heights, Fox Park, Compton Heights, Lafayette Square, Peabody/Darst/Webbe, LaSalle Park, Downtown, Downtown West, Near North Riverfront
Ward 8 Stephen Conway Southwest Garden, Tower Grove South, Tower Grove East, Shaw
Ward 9 Kenneth Ortmann Dutchtown, Mount Pleasant, Marine Villa, Gravois Park, Kosciusko, Soulard, Benton Park, Tower Grove East, Benton Park West
Ward 10 Joseph Vollmer The Hill, Southwest Garden, North Hampton, Tower Grove South, Kings Oak
Ward 11 Tom Villa Carondelet, Patch, Holly Hills, Boulevard Heights, Mount Pleasant
Ward 12 Larry Arnowitz Boulevard Heights, Princeton Heights, St. Louis Hills
Ward 13 Beth Murphy Carondelet, Holly Hills, Boulevard Heights, Bevo Mill, Princeton Heights, Southampton, Dutchtown
Ward 14 Carol Howard Bevo Mill, Princeton Heights, Southampton, Tower Grove South
Ward 15 Megan Green Tower Grove South, Dutchtown, Gravois Park, Tower Grove East, Benton Park West
Ward 16 Vacant Princeton Heights, Southampton, St. Louis Hills, Lindenwood Park
Ward 17 Joseph D. Roddy Shaw, Botanical Heights, Tiffany, Midtown, Central West End, Forest Park Southeast, Kings Oak, Cheltenham
Ward 18 Terry Kennedy Central West End, Academy, Kingsway West, Fountain Park, Lewis Place, Kingsway East, Vandeventer
Ward 19 Marlene Davis Shaw, Tiffany, The Gate District, Midtown, Vandeventer, JeffVanderLou, Covenant Blu/Grand Center
Ward 20 Cara Spencer Dutchtown, Marine Villa, Gravois Park, Benton Park West
Ward 21 Antonio French STLward21.bmp Kingsway East, Greater Ville, O'Fallon, Penrose, Mark Twain
Ward 22 Jeffrey L. Boyd West End, Wells/Goodfellow, Mark Twain/I-70 Industrial, Hamilton Heights
Ward 23 Joe Vaccaro Lindenwood Park, Ellendale, Clifton Heights, North Hampton
Ward 24 Scott Ogilvie Lindenwood Park, Ellendale, Clifton Heights, The Hill, Southwest Garden, North Hampton, Cheltenham, Clayton/Tamm, Franz Park, Hi-Pointe
Ward 25 Shane Cohn Carondelet, Dutchtown, Mount Pleasant
Ward 26 Frank Williamson Skinker/DeBaliviere, DeBaliviere Place, West End, Visitation Park, Wells/Goodfellow, Academy, Kingsway West, Hamilton Heights
Ward 27 Chris Carter Walnut Park East, North Point, Baden, Walnut Park West
Ward 28 Lyda Krewson Central West End, Hi-Pointe, Wydown/Skinker, Skinker/DeBaliviere, DeBaliviere Place, West End

List of Presidents[edit]

Louis P. Aloe (R) 1917-1924
Walter J. G. Neun (R) 1924-1935
William L. Mason (D) 1935-1941
Michael J. Hart (R) 1941-1943
Aloys P. Kaufmann (R) 1943
Edgar S. Nicolai (R) 1943-1945
Albert L. Schweitzer (R) 1945-1947
Charles Albanese (R) 1947-1955
Donald Gunn (D) 1955-1959
A. J. Cervantes (D) 1959-1963
Donald Gunn (D) 1963-1968
James Noonan (D) 1968-1969
Joseph Badaracco (R) 1969-1975
Paul Simon (D) 1975-1980
Eugene Bradley (D) 1980
Thomas Zych (D) 1980-1987
Thomas P. Villla (D) 1987-1995
Francis G. Slay (D) 1995-2001
James F. Shrewsbury (D) 2001-2007
Lewis E. Reed (D) 2007-present

The President presides at all the meeting, preserves decorum and determines all questions of order. He or she also appoints standing and special committees and serves as an equal member of all committees. The President assigns bills to appropriate committees and refers bills, when ready, to the Engrossment Committee. the President directs action from the broad elevated podium in the front and center of the semi-circular chamber.


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