Alma Adams

Born:May 27, 1946 (age 74)
Career:U.S. House of Representatives, 2014-present
North Carolina General Assembly, 1994-2014
Greensboro City Council, 1987-1994
Education:B.S. and M.S., North Carolina A&T University

Alma Adams assumed office in the U.S. House of Representatives for North Carolina's 12 District on November 4, 2014, after winning a special election to fill the seat of Rep. Mel Watt, who resigned to become head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. She won election to a full two-year term at the same time.

Adams was born on May 27, 1946, in High Point, North Carolina. She received her B.S. degree in 1969 and her M.S. degree in 1972, both from North Carolina A&T University and both in art education. She received her Ph.D. in art education/multicultural education from Ohio State University in 1981.

Adams was a member of the Greensboro City School Board from 1984 to 1986, the first African-American woman on that board. She was a Greensboro City Council member from 1987 to 1994, when she was appointed to the North Carolina House District 26 seat to replace an assemblyman who died in office. In 2002, after redistricting, Adams' seat was changed from the 26th district to the 58th district.

Adams was previously a professor of art at Bennett College (Greensboro, North Carolina) and the director of the Steel Hall Art Gallery. In 1990, she co-founded the African American Atelier, an organization established to advance awareness and appreciation for visual arts and cultures of African Americans. She served two terms as the chairperson of the North Carolina Legislative Black Caucus Foundation.

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