Joseph Keaveny

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Joseph Keaveny
Administrative Law Judge at the Missouri Department of Labor
In office
2016 - present
Personal details
Born (1956-10-05) October 5, 1956 (age 61)[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, 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. On July 7, 2016 Keaveny resigned his position with the Missouri Senate after being appointed by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) to serve as an administrative law judge at the Department of Labor.[2]

Judge 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, Judge 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, Judge 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. Judge 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.

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

Judge Keaveny was a member of the following committees while he served in the Missouri Senate.

  • 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" |
  2. ^ Bott, Celeste. "Top Senate Democrat resigns to fill vacant administrative law judge post". Retrieved 2016-07-09. 
  • Official Manual, State of Missouri, 2009-2010. Jefferson City, MO:Secretary of State.

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