Vincent C. Schoemehl

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Vincent C. Schoemehl, Jr.
Member of the Bi-State Development Agency Board of Commissioners
Assumed office
August 2007 (2007-08)
Preceded by Harvey Harris
42nd Mayor of the City of St. Louis
In office
April 1981 (1981-04) – April 1993 (1993-04)
Preceded by James F. Conway
Succeeded by Freeman Bosley, Jr.
Personal details
Born (1949-10-30) October 30, 1949 (age 68)
St. Louis, Missouri
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Lois
Children Two
Residence St. Louis, Missouri
Alma mater University of Missouri

Vincent C. Schoemehl, Jr. (born October 30, 1946 in St. Louis) was the 42nd mayor of St. Louis, Missouri, serving three terms from 1981 to 1993. At the time of his first election, he was one of the City's youngest mayors. Schoemehl is remembered for his leadership in the areas of historic preservation and urban design. He helped save the Cupples Warehouses from demolition and promoted "public-private partnerships" that led to more than 600 successful rehabilitation projects. He also launched Operation Brightside, a City beautification program, and Operation Safestreet, a home safety program.

In 1991, Schoemehl served as a committee member for the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence.[1]

In 1992, Schoemehl was defeated in the Democratic primary by lieutenant governor Mel Carnahan in a bid to become governor of Missouri.

Born in Saint Louis in 1946, Schoemehl received a degree in history from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1972. Subsequently, he was elected to the City of St. Louis board of aldermen as a representative from the 28th ward for six years before being elected mayor in 1981. Schoemehl returned to public office in 2003, winning election as a member of the St. Louis School Board. He resigned from that position in November 2005. He recently retired from his post as president and CEO of Grand Center, Inc.

He and his wife, Lois, have two sons. Their son Tim Schoemehl made a run for Missouri State Representative District 64 in 2004.

In July 2007, Matt Blunt nominated Schoemehl to be one of Missouri's five commissioners on the ten person board of commissioners for the Bi-State Development Agency which operates public-transit on both the Illinois and Missouri sides of the Greater St. Louis area. Schoemehl replaced Harvey Harris after the former's confirmation by the Missouri Senate.[2]


The Homeless uprising that brought hundreds of homeless people and advocates for the homeless to camp on the City Hall Lawn for weeks on end is sometimes referred to as Schoemehlville[citation needed].

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  1. ^ "Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence". Selection Committees. Bruner Foundation. Archived from the original on 7 January 2014. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  2. ^ Staff (July 25, 2007). "Blunt appoints Schoemehl to Bi-State Development Agency". St. Louis Business Journal. Retrieved August 19, 2016.
Preceded by
James F. Conway
Mayor of St. Louis
Succeeded by
Freeman Bosley, Jr.